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The Ruined City
by Paula Brandon
Ballantine, $15.00, 373 pp
Release Date: February 28, 2012

Ms. Brandon is the author of The Traitors Daughter, and The Wanderers.

Reality is wavering, the balance will soon shift and an ancient force will overwhelm the Veiled Isles. The people with arcane talent [magic] form an uneasy alliance trying to avert catastrophe. But the worldly change has begun. It is here that Jianna returns to face new challenges and her love for Falaste Rione, the physician whose compassion has led him to take dangerous risks. Jianna has a role to play in the destiny of her world. Even stronger and more powerful than she knows, she faces the madness sweeping across the land with time running out, even for magic.

Great world building with complex characters, and fast paced action meshed in Brandons 's multilayered narrative hold the reader in thrall. This joins the gotta-have-it list for fantasy lovers. ~~ Pam Allan

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