Sapphire of the Fairies: Book
One of Sword of Heavens by Richard S. Tuttle
read …… highly recommended…….. 5 stars
In "Sapphire of the Fairies: Book one of
Sword of Heavens" Writer Tuttle has produced another humdinger
in his delightful first in a series. The enterprise is filled with
the well developed characters, pithy dialogue and fast paced action
we have enjoyed in Tuttle's previous works. From the opening line
where we are drawn into the action with the screaming of an unseen
woman right down to the last paragraph when we at last understand
role of "The Sapphire of the Fairies" and what it portends
for Arik the reader is held captivated.
Arik and Tedi are much more than they might
appear when first introduced, the villains are filled with enough
evil to thrill and the champions are heroic in every sense. Author
Tuttle's written output only improves as he continues producing
volume upon volume of excellent work. The twists and turns of plot
are a delight as always. One nice addition to this manuscript is a
full page map of the diversified areas offered in the various series
of works to date.
Enjoyed the read very much.
Synopsis: (May reveal
much of the plot)
Fisherman's Inn in Lorgo is shocked into action
by a woman's early morning screams. Arik Clava the rabbit peddler
has long held a fascination with what the old world was like before
the collapse of the universe. Esta Tern the innkeeper is in no mood
for either screaming women or inquisitive youngsters. In the old
days many merchants traveled from town to town. Today Arik must make
due with the occasional peddler to help him broaden his
understanding of the world in which he lives. The arrival of Master
Khatama signals a change coming for Arik and his closest friend
Meeting the bandit Garth, a gypsy woman named
Kalina and overhearing a chance conversation in a distant town bring
both young men more adventure than they had dreamed possible living
as the sons of fishermen in the little village where they were born.
"Sapphire of the Fairies" presents an
array of acceptable characters set against an opulent tapestry of
clamor, redolence, liveliness and activity for the reader to savor
as they read through the pages of this well crafted narrative. The
Children of the Ancient Prophecy have managed to avoid detection
over the seventeen years elapsing since the end of the Targa Trilogy.
The baneful forces of Sarac are as busy in pursuit of them as ever.
Sarac is aware that the Children exist. However no one, not even
themselves, realizes which two of the young travelers are the ones
who are the true Children of Prophecy. The Children join with
gypsies to restore the ancient Sword of Heavens. It is the only
thing that can defeat Sarac.