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THE BARBED ROSE
GAIL DAYTON
ISBN# 0-373-80225-0
March 2006
Luna/Harlequin Books
3010 Walden Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14240
Trade Paperback
$13.95
436 Pages
Fantasy
Rating: 3 Cups

Kallista is the Godstruck naitan of the North, a magical lightning thrower of untold powers. Called upon by her ruler to fight again against the demon horde, she is forced to leave behind several members of her family, including her twin daughters. Her magic has not returned since the birth of her twin daughters and she has never needed it more than now.

Kallista’s family continues grow with new members. Her two trusted warrior husbands, Torchay and Obed, accompany her in her quest while Fox and Stone protect the babies, the pregnant Aisse, and the temporary addition to the family, Merinda. Adara, the family she loves and the people she cares for are all in danger now. New alliances are forged as old ones are tested.

The secretive Order of the Barb and a demon horde threaten the people of Adara, especially the magical naitan. It is up to Kallista Varyl and her growing clan to save the kingdom from their evil. One who should be loyal betrays the ilian.

The author has created a very vivid world of magic and war, with equally bold characters. Kallista, in particular, grows a great deal during the story. At times, the characters and their relationships become a bit confusing, but the glossary and cast of characters help enormously. There is an enormous amount of action and intrigue in this novel, and most, if not all, is resolved in the end. It would be helpful, but not necessary, to read the previous novel before this one. This compelling fantasy novel sucks the reader in and refuses to let go until the last page.

Maura
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