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The continuing adventures of four young adepts in a war against evil magic.

At the end of Kindling (2004), the Four—Lady Cordelia Blakeney, Argo Weaver, Jessamine and Raphael Vega—used their ability to unite as a single magical fighting force to defeat the Mosul, Asian hordes worshiping demonic gods. As this installment begins, they aid the armies of the Kingdom of Albany in a push to expel the invaders from Virginia. In the process, they learn that the demonic Mosul queen, Jeakqual-Ahrach, has somehow created twins with supernatural powers, apparently designed to combat the Four. But that issue remains unresolved as Albany defeats the Mosul once again. The Four join Prime Minister Jack Kennedy in a diplomatic mission to England, Albany's closest ally in the Norse Union. There, the Four find themselves in a new web of magical intrigue. Farren's fantasy London is a city strongly reminiscent of London in the ’60s, a constant round of wild parties, sex, drugs and even a fair approximation of rock-’n’-roll. They are contacted by several magical adepts who seek their aid in bringing the Norse Union into the struggle against the Mosul. The plot accelerates as one of the Four is kidnapped on the eve of a major political crisis. The remaining three go on an undercover rescue mission into Mosul territory, near the ruined city of Paris, where strange magical forces are at play, and the magical twins await the Four. An explosive conclusion resolves the immediate conflicts, but leaves the door open for another sequel.

An edgy mixture of fantasy, erotica and alternate history that, at its best, reads like an updated version of Michael Moorcock's “Jerry Cornelius” fantasies.

Pub Date: June 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-765-31363-4
Page count: 400pp
Publisher: Tor
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2006


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