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Books : reviews

Tanith Lee.
Hanlyn. 1977

The author of the unforgettable Birthgrave, of the panoramic outworld of The Storm Lord, and of the future folk of Drinking Sapphire Wine, now presents us with something different – yet equally enthralling in its colour, fantasy and high adventure.

For Volkhavaar is a novel of witchcraft and wonders on a world far removed from all we know. There the gods contend for power – the Dark forces against the Light – and there an entire city and its land are plunged into the shadow of an evil beyond imagining. This is the story of Shaina the slave girl, and of Volk the outcast who enslaved himself to cosmic forces to gain total power … and of how they were finally to meet and clash – with an entire world as their prize.