The Stone of the Stars: The Dragon Throne Book 1
Aspect, 2004 (2004)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
his is the first of a new
trilogy, set in a well developed world of gods (good and evil) and men, whose mythology is not as hidden in history as everyone believes. Alison Baird has written other fantasy series - I enjoyed her
Tales of Annwn
(for teens) in particular.
he Stone of the Stars
comes with the usual collection of young people, who are more than they seem. Ailia grows up amongst fisher folk on Great Island. She is a storyteller who does not fit in with the rhythms of that community, and has applied to the Academy on Maurainia. Rumors of war (King Khalazar and his Zimbourans are on the rampage) send her there sooner than anticipated. Orphaned Damion Athariel is a (very handsome) priest of the Faith, who has begun to question his vocation. While escaping the island of Jana's invasion by the Zimbourans, he helps tomboyish young Lorelyn to flee, bearing with them a scroll that the invaders badly want. It documents the location of the Star Stone of Trynisia, and many believe that Lorelyn is the '
', prophesied to wield the Stone against the power of the evil Modrian.
f course, these young people need a mentor, and old Ana, witch and telepathic
, fills that role well. There is also the mysterious and powerful Mandrake, who keeps interfering in events, and has a particular interest in Lorelyn. Ailia is kidnapped almost by accident, along with Lorelyn and Damion, by the Zimbourans, who sail north to the world's end and the island of Trynisia, which holds the Stone. Along the way the good guys subvert Jomar, a half-breed Mohara/Zimbouran, forced to work for the Zimbourans, but hating his life. On Trynisia, they encounter a variety of dangers from the mists of time, and seek the Stone, without much success. Eventually the
is revealed, as is the
, in the Otherworld. The stage is set for further adventures.
his is an enjoyable new fantasy series, though at times its mythological underpinnings seem a little unwieldy in this first episode. It will be interesting to see where the author takes her
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