I have written two reviews about the Heirs of Alexandria series;
there are five books written already, but there are sure more to
am writing about the third book, A Mankind Witch. If in the
first two novels, The Shadow of the Lion and This Rough
Magic, the Valdosta brothers (Marco and Benito) played the
heroes, in the third they disappear almost completely, leaving the
stage for Cair Aidin and Signy Vortenbras; the connecting link is the
pair of knights Manfred of Britany and Eric Hakkonsen, their
intervention being salutary in all the novels.
villain is still Chernobog; in the fight against him, the heroes were
helped by The Lion of Venice in the first novel and by Aidoneus in
the second. In the third novel, however, the old gods can not help
the heroes; Odin has already lost the war against Chernobog, and
hence, he won’t be brought back in the story as a character.
the saga, the authors changed setting: Venice for The Shadow of
the Lion, and Corfu for This Rough Magic; the present
story also is set in a different location: Scandinavia.
change makes for the introduction of different fantastical beings in
the story (specific to the place) – it’s elves, dwarfs,
trolls and goblins for A Mankind Witch, after we met the
undines in Venice, and the satyrs in Corfu. The folklore, religion
and geo-political situation are transformed as well, giving thus more
credibility to the action.
read the first two novels can pick a “pattern” for the
saga, but even they will find that every story is still enticing,
filled with suspense and told with a sense of humor. Even though we
can anticipate the happy end, even though characters are either good,
either evil, lacking the human ambivalence, the book is still beyond
pleasant, a true masterpiece.
the prologue of the new novel signed b Mercedes Lackey, Dave Freer
and Eric Flint.