The Scrivener's Tale
Fiona McIntosh
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The Scrivener's Tale
Fiona McIntosh
Harper Voyager
528 pages
March 2013
rated 5 of 5 possible stars

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Morgravia and its ruler, Queen Florentyna, are in peril. The demon Cyricus has been entrapped in the Void for many centuries, but demons are cunning. One fueled by revenge can never be considered defeated while life remains.

Now Cyricus has broken free of the Void, and he plans to destroy all those who sent him there. That includes the entire kingdom of Morgravia, its ruler, and all its allies. Who can stand against such a powerful foe?

Those who sent Cyricus into the void have always known he might return and have made their plans. A Triad of powerful individuals are the world's only hope. The Triad is made up of three men who have never met each other, yet whose lives are entwined from their first breath. Each has been created with skills that will be necessary in the fight against the demon, although none have even heard about the demon who threatens the entire world or about their part in the fight.

Gabriel lives in Paris, a psychologist who can build worlds with his mind. Cassien is a soldier above all else, an assassin raised by a Brotherhood dedicated to saving the land. Hamelyn, the youngest, is in some ways the strongest. He sees the connections and provides the links between the individuals who must work together to save the world. Queen Florenyna and the neighboring monarch, King Tamas, join with the Triad to combat the evil which seeks to destroy all it encounters.

Fiona McIntosh has crafted a stunning fantasy novel. The world -building and characterizations are superb, as is the plotting. The pacing starts slowlybuilding to a magnificent climax. The characters and readers discover the secrets hidden in this world together as the story unfolds. Those readers who have not encountered McIntosh before will turn the last page then immediately look for more of her work. This book is recommended for fantasy lovers.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Sandie Kirkland, 2014

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