by Charlotte Boyett-Compo
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
389 pages; ISBN: 1592799477
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Amber Quill, 2003, 389 pp.
Kaileel Tohre, leader of the Dominion, mentally and physically including sexually abused Conar McGregor as a child, but the prince's spirit and ultimately the love of Princess Liza saved his soul. However, Kaileel finally apparently has triumphed in deleting the human aspects of Conar when he dumped the Prince inside the Labyrinth where for years without the tender love of his wife and their children and the support of friends, he became more animal than human with survival his only goal.
Six years have passed since he finally escaped from the lunacy of the Labyrinth imprisonment, but instead of seeking loved ones Conar has turned into the Dark Overlord assaulting and stealing from the Dominion. Already concerned about Conar actions against them, the Dominion panics when they learn he decides to visit his wife who is no longer his spouse. Already insane, he will find a castle is not a home, his child not his son, and a puppet king bowing to the depraved Kaileel.
Conar McGregor reaps a bitter harvest resulting from years of horrific experiences in the fifth installment of the captivating WindLegends Saga, the super THE WINDREAPER, perhaps the darkest of this dark fantasy saga so far. Dark psychological overtones provide depth and complexity that makes this hero human understandably flawed though ironically his humanity has been stripped away. Conar survived atrocities that would destroy other people, but his obsessive desire for revenge threatens to lead him down a path of destruction. Charlotte Boyett-Compo's masterful storytelling takes the seemingly forbidden love of Connor and Liza to memorable, haunting, and tragic depths that readers will need tissues, miss sleep, and yet demand more.
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