She is known as Seeker. Spellbound by the Faerie Queen, she has abducted human children for her mistress's pleasure for what seems like an eternity, unable to free herself from servitude and reclaim her own humanity.
Seeker's latest prey is a Merlin. Named after the legendary wizard of Camelot, Merlins are not simply those who wield magic--they are magic. Now, with the Prometheus Club's agents and rivals from Faerie both vying for the favor of this being of limitless magic to tip the balance of power, Seeker must persuade the Merlin to join her cause--or else risk losing something even more precious and more important to her than the fate of humankind....
Ancient grudges and ruthless schemes are simply business as usual to the Faerie court in Bear's complex and involving contemporary fantasy. Seeker, formerly Elaine Andraste, is a changeling bound to the Mebd, the queen of the Daoine Sidhe, to find other changelings and bring them to the Faerie court. There, like legendary Tam Lin, and Seeker's own son, Ian, they entertain the queen until she tires of them. Now the queen needs Seeker to find and win the heart of the new Merlin, latest incarnation of a being who, in the hands of the Prometheans, could be used to destroy the Fae. Pragmatic college professor Carel Bierce, the first female Merlin, is not easily swayed by Fae or Promethean advances. Long-forgotten rivalries and unsuspected blood ties arise to tug at Seeker's loyalties, even as the queen promises to free Ian when she succeeds. Campbell-winner Bear (Worldwired) overturns the usual vision of Faerie, revealing the compelling beauty and darkness only glimpsed in old ballads and stories like "Tam Lin." (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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1 . Let the Saga begin...
Posted February 09, 2009 by Skyrangers , Yucca Valley, CABest savored sequentially, with this title the beginning of a story of epic proportions. The reader will quickly be immersed in the magical and varied tales of the Prometheans and their sphere of interconnecting worlds. With varied and deeply conjured antagonists and heroes, this tale will sweep you into a reality entirely of Elizabeth Bear's making. She masterfully steers the complex story and embroiders with vivid and believable details. I guarantee you will hunger for more, with the author promising at least 12 tales to the legacy-this begs the midnight oil.
June 02, 2008
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