by Lisa Jackson
Review by Beth Slater
Signet Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451221988
Date: 04 September 2007 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
As its title implies, Jackson's latest immediately throws the reader into a realm filled with magic, sorcery and mysticism. Sorceress is the final book, set in 13th century Wales, in the trilogy that began with Impostress and Temptress. Sixteen year old Bryanna leaves her sister's home on an escapade following only the voice in her head – the voice of her former nursemaid, Isa – and a mysterious dagger. As a child Bryanna had seen people others hadn't, and heard voices others hadn't, but her elder sister taught her early on to ignore anything that might appear strange and not mention it to others. Now Isa's voice was leading her to her destiny, but not without many, many doubts.
Gavyn has spent his life in the shadow of his father Deverill, Lord of Agendor, moving all over the country with his mother to escape his tyrannical control. Now Gavyn's on the run from everyone, charged with the murder of a (crooked) sheriff, albeit in self-defense. Gavyn and Bryanna meet up on the road and end up traveling together in order to be able to keep each other going. They were hiding and protecting in turn, although they have a mysterious wolf that sometimes accompanies them and unexpectedly protects them from harm when necessary.
Both Gavyn and Bryanna know that something or someone evil is following them – and that neither of them wants to be around to find out what it is. But they both know two things – one is that they need each other. Two is that they need to keep moving. The couple follows Bryanna's visions to the north, west, south, and east sides of Wales in order to save each other and a mysterious child – a child of prophecy – barely keeping ahead of the various forces; forces that are tracking them in order to prevent Bryanna's visions of destiny from coming true.
This is a great read with a lot of humor, romance, and excitement from page one. For those woo-woo lovers, this will spark your imagination and is wonderful as a standalone for those who haven't enjoyed the first two in the trilogy. I enjoyed it, and it is a great story for those who like to take some time out from reality without leaving their armchairs.