In The Shaman (1995), the first in the author's new series, a big, kindly clansman by the name of Ohaern defeated the bad...

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THE SAGE: Vol. II of The Star Stone

In The Shaman (1995), the first in the author's new series, a big, kindly clansman by the name of Ohaern defeated the bad god Ulahane; his reward was 500 years of sensual bliss in the arms of the beautiful goddess Rahani. Here, however, Ulahane's son Bolenkar is tyrannizing the world, so Ohaern--his physical body's too stiff and old, not up to the task--must find a champion among the mortals to defeat Bolenkar. He chooses Culaehra, a bully, scoundrel, and outcast, and provides him with a magic sword. And so, after the usual trials, battles, and tests of character, a new, reformed, worthy Culaehra will eventually defeat the evil godling. Stasheff fans will doubtless take pleasure in the details, but readers seeking more realistic, less formulaic fantasy will do much better elsewhere.

Pub Date: July 1, 1996

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Del Rey/Ballantine

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1996