by Len Bailey
Review by Colleen Cahill
Starscape Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 0765309823
Date: 06 February 2007 List Price $17.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
When an author returns to a fantasy land, care must be taken not to write the same story again. Of course we want to see our favorite characters and places once more, but not with the same journey. Len Baily has succeeded in Fantasms, the second book to explore a magical world centered around a chess board sea, insect pirates and rollicking adventure. Danny Ray returns again to aid the Kingdom of Elidor, working with many old friends to prevent the fantasms from bringing about the final age, one with no sun, moon or stars. From official release/information:
Book Description: Its Danny Ray, the best dang rodeo cowboy in Oklahoma, to the rescue once again. King Krystal of Elidors beautiful daughter, Princess Amber, has been kidnapped by the evil Fantasms monstrous beasts whose sole purpose is to rule the magical kingdom of Elidor and to spread sorrow and darkness throughout the land. But not if Danny Ray and his eccentric group of friends have anything to do with it! Imagine a world with seas of polished black-and-white marble squares sailed upon by immense chess pieces hundreds of feet high; rooks, bishops, and queens powered by tiny furry Tantarrabobs and Zanoomies. Imagine this is the battleground where Danny Ray, Tuk (a hellwain devil), KarooKachoo (a dragonfly princess), Prince Blues, the Sultana Sumferi Sar, Captain Quigglewigg, Hoodie Crow, and the White Lady must rescue Princess Amber and save the kingdom of Elidor from eternal darkness.