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This review is from: When the King Comes Home (Mass Market Paperback)One of Caroline Stevermer's great strengths, to my mind, is her ability to draw characters: particularly her stong-willed, quick-witted and witty heroines. Hail Rosmer, who tells this tale, is a most appealing example.
Hail's apprenticeship to the principal artist of her day is cut abruptly short, as Hail becomes involved in the most sensitive politics and dangerous magics in her country. Sounds boring? Not when a power-hungry witch has tried to call the legendary King Julian back from the dead, to further her ambitions. (Imagine what might happen if King Arthur were called back to Britain.)
Stevermer writes with admirable economy. No space or verbiage is wasted on flowery descriptions, as a fascinating tension is allowed grow between her characters.