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The Lady of Serpents by Douglas Clegg
Review by Gayle Surrette
Ace Hardcover Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 0441014380
Date: 05 September, 2006 List Price $23.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Again since Aleric tells the story, we know that he escapes the well. And since this book open in near present time we know he'll survive whatever fate or his own blundering throws at him. Inspite of this knowledge that all will be well, the story is compelling enough to keep you reading. Aleric and Ewen wake in the evenings to find someone has left them fresh blood to drink. There strength returns and when Enora's guards come for them to fight in the games they are stronger than their captivity would have led Enora to suspect.

Quickly, Aleric learns that evil magician who corrupted Pythia and destroyed the Alkemara Tribe and the Temple of Lemesharra is now working for Enora. All who doubt what Enora and her priest say are killed, including Keran Sensterre, Aleric's old mentor.

Aleric must escape, leaving the remaining members of his tribe behind to go to the new world and retrieve one of the sacred objects needed for a ceremony that should help seal the veil and protect humanity and the vampires.

The problem is that Aleric is supposed to have all this power inherited from the Priest of Blood who can now share his thoughts. Yet the priest never gives him the information he needs to make decisions based on knowledge not just a wild guess. I'm amazed that Aleric can function at all. The fate of the world rests on his future actions and yet he has no information or road map to help him do what needs to be done.

I'm hoping that in the final book of this trilogy that Aleric gets a break from all the manipulation that he's drowning in. He knows he's being used but doesn't know which players are using him and which players are telling him the truth.

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