- Paperback: 293 pages
- Publisher: Behler Publications (31 Dec. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0974896241
- ISBN-13: 978-0974896243
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,057,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Empress of Clouds Paperback – 31 Dec 2004
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Diana Hignutt weaves her own form of magic with this tale of fantasy. Displaying a creative imagination for imagery, visual detail, and interesting characterization, she moves the story along at a fast pace, with a chase sequence that is exhilarating to read.
This is the first fantasy I've read, and I admit to being spellbound the entire book. Ms. Hignutt delivers a nice twist at the end, brilliantly setting up the next book in the series, one that I am sure will be highly anticipated.
The Demon makes a comeback in "Empress of Clouds". The Demon secures the help of Dowbreth, a powerful faerie warrior. Dowbreth must neutralize Tolian because she is the only one who can stand up to the Demon and defeat him.
Dowbreth's job is made easier because the members of the court despise Tolian. A powerful woman frightens the men. The men can not stand the idea of a woman ruling the kingdom. The women in the court are not only jealous of Tolian's beauty, but also dislike her for never having to experience the discrinination that goes along with being born a woman. It is amazing how soon the members of the Lorm Court forgot how Tolian saved their lives and the world.
Through treachery and dark magic, Dowbreth strips Tolian of her powers, kidnaps her and take her to an unaccessible place. Brythia, Tolian's devoted wife must discover how Tolian lost her powers, deliver the Moonsword to Tolian and find a passage to the unaccessible place where her lover is imprisoned. The action is fast paced and exciting. Other elements in the story include, cruelty, blackmail, male chauvinism, eternal love, superhuman efforts and feminine courage.
This reviewer believes that the author could have done a better job in linking these two books togehter. The second book, "Empress of Clouds" should have picked up right at the end of "Moonsword" instead of several months later. An earlier start would have permitted the author to better explain why the Druidic Prophecy strained the delicate, political balance in Lorm.
Tolian continues to explore the mysteries and frustrations of being female and her powers as a goddess on earth, but not for long. Through cunning and deception her powers are subverted and she is kidnapped by an overlord of the faerie kingdom. The rest of the story flies by as Brythia, Tolian's wife both pre and post transformation, and her staunch supporters strive to rescue Tolian, before the faerie world and the mortal world are destroyed.
Occasionally the unusual names of the characters interrupt the reader's immersion into this fantasy tale, but that's the only criticism. Hignutt skillfully interweaves captivating descriptions of Tolian's world without slowing down the pace of the story. "Empress of Clouds" is a delightful read.
Dee Power Co-author of "The Making of a Bestseller"