Tania is pursued by the evil ruler Ascanet for a star sapphire ring, as well as by a mounted army of Silver Souls and a group of vicious hippogriffs.
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Grade 7-12-- Robin McKinley, Anne McCaffrey, Ursula LeGuin, among others, have offered interesting variations on the theme of a female hero. Now a new voice, informed by Elizabethan scholarship, links the heroic ideals of courage and self-sacrifice with the values of the pastoral romance: innocence, nonviolence, and love. Tania, the sheltered daughter of a king, survives her father's abortive rebellion against Ascanet, the evil conqueror of the island Elyssone. Grudgingly, she accepts the protection of the only other survivor, fellow musician Eliar, a supremely talented, hideously scarred, sardonic man who leads her to safety among her mother's people in Dacaria and along the way provides an education of the heart. But Tania cannot take refuge in that idyllic, secret valley, for as she escaped her father's burning castle, she accidentally acquired a sapphire ring, the source of Ascanet's power. She must use it to destroy him, even though this act may cause the death of Eliar, whom she has come to love. Tania's only fault, her fear of intimacy, sometimes serves more to maintain suspense than round her character. There are also some implausible turns of plot, a few too many actors, and a magical power--telepathic communication--that is only vaguely limited. Yet these are minor flaws in an ambitious and largely successful attempt to restate the heroic quest in women's terms. Familiar themes of myth and fairy tale harmonize with a satisfying romance to create a story devotees of McKinley will enjoy. A convincing setting and a rousing crescendo add to the pleasure. --Margaret A. Chang, North Adams State College, MA
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High fantasy, with steadfastness and honor winning over corruption and deception. Princess Tania becomes a fugitive after her father and the rest of her family die, betrayed to the minions of the dread sorcerer Ascanet. In the act of treachery, Ascanet's ring-- corporeal form of Orcus, God of disorder, and source of his power--is lost, and Tania finds it. Aided by maimed minstrel Eliar (compatriot of Tania's long-dead mother), she flees to Eliar's native Dacaria, a place so deeply peaceful that Ascanet can gain no hold on it. There, Tania learns that if she can endure a day and a night in Ascanet's castle without wearing the ring, his power will be broken. Though sorely tempted by Ascanet's promise to spare Eliar from further torture, Tania holds out and Ascanet is destroyed. Gods and goddesses in human and other forms, benevolent werewolves, vicious hippogriffs, mind slaves, trapped souls, lutes and music, horses, true love, and enough subplots and minor characters for several soap operas make this a rich stew--too rich, perhaps, for easy digestion, and even with all the complications things come a little too easily for Tania. Still, a satisfyingly romantic story. (Fiction. 12+) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Descripción Houghton Mifflin, 1991. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110395564018
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