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A Sorcerer’s Treason: Book One of the Isavalta Trilogy Hardcover – 2 Apr 2002

4.1 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 525 pages
  • Publisher: Voyager (2 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007113994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007113996
  • Package Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.6 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,041,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Already an accomplished SF novelist, Sarah Zettell's debut fantasy, Sorcerer's Treason, shows her to be equally adept in lands of myth and magic.

Bridget Lederele is Keeper of the Light on Sand Island, shunned by the mainland following the birth and death of her bastard child and rumours of her psychic visions. Now she keeps the lighthouse blazing, warning sailors away from the rocky dangers of the lake. Her life is thrown into turmoil when she rescues the tattooed stranger Kalami from the wreckage of his boat and tells her she is needed in another world to defeat the sorceress step-daughter of the Empress Dowager Medeoan. Seeing the chance for a new start, Bridget accepts Kalami's offer but the world she finds waiting for her is unlike anything she has been promised.

Zettell's first fantasy novel is a triumph of story-telling, taking fairytale and folklore and dressing it in lies, half-truths and dark magic. All the characters are powerfully drawn, especially Bridget, a strong and attractive heroine, willing to face her responsibilities as much as the aged Dowager is willing to run from hers, if only because she thinks it the right thing to do. This is a world populated by characters who are flawed to the extreme, not totally evil, but driven by motivations they know to be wrong. It's a world of grey areas and twisted truths that thanks to Zettell's superb plotting only gradually revels themselves. The magic system is rich and detailed with truth spells woven into warm herb bread and transportation spells cast out nothing but air itself. Sorcerer's Treason is a magnificent fantasy novel, showcasing just how good this genre can be. Rich, compelling and exciting, this could be the best fantasy debut in years and is certainly as good as fantasy gets. --Jonathan Weir


In this romantic, beguiling tale of intrigue and enchantment, Sarah Zettel draws on fairytale and folklore to create a wonderfully rich new world in which magic lives and no one is quite what they seem.

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4.0 out of 5 starsRefreshing and unique storyline
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5.0 out of 5 starsRich and realistic
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5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent start of a series of myth and magic
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