A young girl with strange powers fights the forces of evil.
The time is 1092, and Lassair is studying in Cambridge with the wizard Gurdyman. Suddenly her sleep is disturbed by powerful dreams, an unknown person is calling to her for help and she feels she must return to her village of Aelf Fen to check on her relatives. Nothing is amiss there, but while she is visiting, the family hears that a nun has been murdered. So Lassair sets off to check on her sister, a novice at Chatteris Abbey. Upon her arrival she meets Hrype, a powerful wizard and her aunt’s lover, who warns her of the fanatical priest recently sent to the abbey. The victim of the ritual killing, it turns out, was her sister’s best friend. Another body has been found, killed in the same way, and her sister looks to be the next victim. In the meantime, Rollo, the handsome spy for the King Lassair met while rescuing her cousin (Mist Over the Water, 2011, etc.), is having a wild adventure in the border country. When the king sends him on another mission, he calls for Lassair’s help in another of her wrenching dreams, and her powers prove to be barely enough to save him from death. Now Lassair, Rollo, Hrypre and Gurdyman must put their talents together to discover a murderer who is far different from what he may appear.
Clare’s latest addition to the magical Aelf Fen series is a wonderful combination of mystery, mysticism and romance with a historical twist.