by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
Cover Artist: Tom Kidd
Review by Gayle Surrette
Baen Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781416591535
Date: 07 April 2009 List Price $24.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Longeye takes up almost immediately after the end of Duainfey: Altimere is trapped in the fog of someplace similar to the keleigh; Rebecca Beauvelley has freed herself from Altimere's domination; and Meripen Vanglelauf, a Ranger known as Longeye, has been sent to help the Newmen of a village in his cousin's land with a problem with their trees. The pieces are now in play and their story will play out over the lands of humans and fey alike.
More the second half of a longer work, Longeye, while it could stand alone, would benefit from the reader having knowledge of the events in Duainfey. It's also what makes writing a review so difficult. To say too much about the background leading to this book would be to give away the previous novel's plot so I tread carefully.
As is usual with the works of Lee and Miller, the story is character driven – the events in the absence of these particular characters would be solved in a totally different manner. So Becca, who has no reason to trust the fey, must put her faith in Longeye, a man who has no reason to trust a human. Their backgrounds, detailed in the previous book, is dealt with here in short snippets of past remembered to fill in the new reader.
There's so much going on, so much backstory and history that has come together in these people at this time, that it's difficult to believe that the entire story has been told in two volumes. I was stunned to find that Miller and Lee managed to pull all these threads together and satisfactorily end a story that not only satisfies but surprises. In fantasy there are conventions and commonalities among the genre, yet in Duainfey and Longeye, we are treated to a something new and unexpected.
So, if you enjoy a good fantasy with more than few surprises for the jaded reader, pick up this series and enjoy.