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The Magicians' Daughter: Book Three of the Stoneways Trilogy by S. C. Butler
Edited by Patric Lobrutto
Review by Sam Lubell
Tor Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765314796
Date: 27 April 2009 List Price $27.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

The Magicians' Daughter is book three of the Stoneways Trilogy. The previous two books were very good traditional fantasy novels which showed that a talented author could make something new out of the classic fantasy tropes. The third novel is even better, moving further away from the traditional clash of obvious good and evil as well as doing interesting (and upsetting) things to the characters.

From official release/information:

Product Description:In Reiffen's Choice we learned how Reiffen chose magic. In Queen Ferris, we learned what he did with his magic. In The Magicians' Daughter, we learn what his magic does to him.

Ten years have passed since Ferris, Reiffen, and Avender raised the siege of Rimwich and killed two of the three Wizards.  Ferris and Reiffen have married, and their daughter Hubley is approaching her tenth birthday.  Despite the years of peace, Reiffen believes the last of the Wizards, his old teacher and enemy Fornoch, wants to kidnap Hubley the same way he once kidnapped Reiffen.  As Reiffen's fear grows increasingly irrational, Avender attempts to intervene.  But Avender's help simply drives Reiffen further into madness.  And what happens to Avender is almost worse.

Now, with the help of her mother and all her old friends, including Redburr the Shapeshifting Bear, Nolo the Dwarf, and the mysterious magician Mims, Hubley must do what she can to rescue her father from the consequences of his own madness.

And all the while the manderstone is growing in Issinlough . . . and no one knows what's inside.

(Source: Tor Books)

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