Authors: Matt Afsahi and Barbara Dysonwilliams
The following review was contributed by: Paul Lappen & CLICK TO VIEW Paul Lappen's Reviews
This fantasy story is about Queen Yasamin of
Gwendomere, who agrees to marry King Amir of Dragonval
in order to save her kingdom. She is to become Second
Wife to Amir, because Medusimia, Queen and First Wife,
has yet to produce an heir. Medusimia is irate at this
"competition," so she conspires with Vulmire, a
man-beast who lives in a deep cave, to make sure that
Yasamin has an "accident."
A freak storm sinks the three-ship convoy taking
Yasamin to Dragonval, killing everyone except her,
Arash, a prince from another kingdom, and Goliagoth,
the head of the military escort from Dragonval. After
several weeks without rescue (the sailing route was
known, so they shouldn't have been that hard to find),
the three start walking. During a battle with skeleton
warriors, Yasamin meets Mosesra, a man who totally
changes her outlook on life. He tells her that a major
battle between good and evil is coming, and she is the
focus. Many demons are waiting for her in Dragonval,
so she needs to watch her back at all times.
She makes it to the castle, and marries Amir.
Medusimia is able to convince Amir that she was
unfaithful, many times, with Arash and Goliagoth, and
Yasamin is thrown in prison. Amir may be King of
Dragonval, but he is not the person in charge. Many
years earlier, Serpata, who is Yasamin's grandfather,
made a deal with the devil for power. Now, he is kept
in chains in a darkened dungeon cell, but Serpata
still has plenty of power. The three escape the
castle, but Yasamin goes back, in an attempt to turn
Amir away from the "dark side."
This one is very good. It has more of an Eastern than
European feel, the characters are well done, and the
authors have left room for a sequel. This is well
worth the reader's time.