(Second in the trilogy)
Some years have gone past, the central characters from the previous
book have grown up, and Fern – my heroine – is about
to make a marriage of suitability rather than love, when shadows
from her magical past reappear to disrupt the proceedings.
soul is stolen from her body and trapped in another dimension by
a powerful witch from the time of King Arthur who is trying to make
a comeback, while in an isolated country house the descendant of
the legendary dragon-charmers has a terrible secret hidden in his
is forced to confront her own other self, and accept both her power
and her burden, in order to face the terror – and the wonder
– of the last dragon left alive.
Slightly overwritten (I had a bad dose of Mervyn Peake) and very
dark, this is the most difficult of my fantasy novels, but I still
think it’s pretty good.
Eternal Tree where the heads of the dead must hang for a season
– those who have done evil, anyway – is one of my favourite