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The Gates of Sleep
by Mercedes Lackey

Category: Fiction / Fantasy
352 pages; ISBN: 0756400600

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner


When Marina Rosewood is born, her parent Alanna and Hugh, throw a party. They invite many masters of Air, Fire, Water, and Earth to gift the little baby who is going to become a powerful Air Master when she grows up. Before the last gift could be given, Hugh’s disgraced sister Arachne arrives and places a magical curse on the child. The last guest mitigates the curse somewhat with her gift.

If the child lives to the age of eighteen, the curse will be returned to its sender. To protect their daughter, John and Alanna send their child away to the home of artists they trust. When Marina is seventeen, her parents die and her aunt takes custody of her. Marina intuitively hides her magic from Arachne because she senses the woman has a hidden agenda. Eventually, the two women face each other in a magical showdown where the winner will barely survive.

This romantic fantasy takes place in the same universe as THE FIRE ROSE and is every bit as magical as that wonderful tale. Mercedes Lackey has the uncanny ability to write adult fairy tales that appeal to the child in all of us. The heroine of this work is a beguiling and bewitching sweetheart who trusts her instincts to keep her from being swayed by those around her. Ms. Lackey has crafted another best seller in THE GATES OF SLEEP.

Harriet Klausner


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