Master of Heathcrest Hall by Galen Beckett
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After a brief interlude in the distant past - which has a bearing later on in the story - MASTER OF HEATHCREST HALL opens following the events of the previous book, THE HOUSE ON DURROW STREET.
The old king is dead, and his daughter not yet crowned. Political machinations vie with those magickal and delay her coronation. The new Lord Rafferdy has joined another magical society, this one bent on preserving the Wyrdwood from those who would destroy it, leaving Altania to be devoured by its otherworldly foes, the Ashen.
Lady Quent is at home, rejoicing upon the success of her husband and her own efforts in the Evengrove. Unfortunately, she receives a disappointment soon thereafter, which turns out to be a harbinger of what is to come. She will soon discover that bedrock is in fact clay, and those high in the Altania’s government are not to be trusted with the country’s best interests.
Eldyn Garrit, illusionist at the Theatre of the Moon, pines for his lover Dercy. But he soon learns the art of impressions, and has a say in the coming strife between the rebels of Huntley Morden and the government. Without his efforts, everything Lord Rafferdy and Lady Quent worked so hard to gain would be lost.
This is a masterful final volume in the series. At once mannered and full of excitement, it brings the story to a close, neatly tying all of the loose threads together. Many things are explained, and both sadness and joy abound within the pages of this book. If you have read the first two books, do not wait - get this book and read it. You will be glad you did.
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