From the Grandmaster of Science Fiction comes this classic tale of fantasy intrigue. Twilla, betrayed by her fiance, flees into a vast, mysterious forest with the blinded brother of her betrothed. Captured by the forest people, they are transported to a faerie realm where Twilla will free a band of dwarves and help forge an alliance among faeries ...
From the Grandmaster of Science Fiction comes this classic tale of fantasy intrigue. Twilla, betrayed by her fiance, flees into a vast, mysterious forest with the blinded brother of her betrothed. Captured by the forest people, they are transported to a faerie realm where Twilla will free a band of dwarves and help forge an alliance among faeries and dwarves.
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Publishers Weekly, 1995-02-20 Spunky female characters who use their magical powers to engender compassionate resolutions in male-dominated societies have long been one of Norton's (The Hands of Lyr) staples. This prime example of that winning formula introduces 18-year-old orphan Twilla, who, apprenticed to Wise-Woman Hulde, has learned the healing arts and been given a silver mirror to focus her powers. After soldiers seize Twilla and take her to the Far Lands, she is forced into a bridal lottery. Before her distraught fianc? can arrange her rescue, Twilla joins forces with blinded Ylon. They journey to a dangerous forest where unmarried males are blinded (as was Ylon), driven mad or destroyed. There Twilla matches wills with the beautiful but wicked Lotis, an enchantress who gains her powers from the forest's great trees. Lotis has joined forces with the Dandus priests, an evil human sect that practices blood sacrifices. Ylon and Twilla also encounter underground dwellers who control the rich region's metals and minerals. Twilla must discover her inner strength to aid Ylon by restoring his vision and thus his sense of manhood. She also needs to find ways to heal the rifts among the forest dwellers, the underground miners and the human farmers. This tall order is classic Norton. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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