by Tanith Lee
The sequel to Black Unicorn
finds young sorceress Tanaquil--whose gift is
mending things--nearing the end of her travels to see her world,
accompanied by a very patient camel and her adorable, talking pet peeve.
As she turns toward home, toward the castle of her eccentric mother,
Tanaquil strays into the path of a conquering horde--an army bent on
subduing the entire world--and the icy young Empress who believes she is
bringing peace and perfection to an imperfect world.
The awful bit is that the Empress is none other than Lizra, half-sister
to Tanaquil herself. And she wants Tanaquil to use her gift to animate a
monstrous, gold-plated, mechanical unicorn that will snort scalding
steam and stamp its massive feet and break down the walls of any city
that dares to resist.
Trapped in the center of a horrible conquest, Tanaquil knows that no
good will come out of using her power to aid her sister's evil plan. And
in case you think nothing could be worse, Tanaquil also falls in love
with the dashing young mercenary whose heart belongs to Lizra. Ouch!
Here is another tale full of humor and horror and pathos, and the
growing pains of a young woman claiming her own identity in the world.
Told in rich language, full of fascinating imagery including a dreadful
interlude in Hell (or something like it), it is a captivating story of
the dangers of sorcery and the anguish of love.
Recommended Age: 14+
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