The lone elf survivor in the repressive age of The Inquisition, Natil encounters three things that keep her from departing this world--a young woman hearing voices, a vision of the future, and an Inquisitor.
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The author of the Lambda Award-winning Gossamer Axe (1990) produces another winning combination of intrigue and imagination. Largely set in times of torture and the Inquisition, it spans hundreds of years and thousands of miles as the last elf struggles to aid an apostate nun on the run, meanwhile dreaming of a distant future when elven magic will reawaken. Although Natil the harper, more woman now than elf, can glimpse a 747's gleam in the sky while within earshot of the Inquisition's agonies, she must rely on her human wits, dwindling magic, and, most of all, her faith in "The Lady" for the elven magic to survive. Baudino gives us minutely detailed images of a medieval world beset by poverty and greed, political scheming in the name of gold and God, and brutal exploitation of the weak by the powerful. The colors, sounds, and stenches of the time live, as do its otherworldly yearnings for goodness and godliness, its dark nights of the soul for villains and heroines alike, and its crises of faith that, whether Christian or pagan, are ultimately themes for all ages. Whitney Scott
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Book Description Ace, 1993. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110451452941
Book Description Roc, 2000. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0451452941