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The Rose of the World
by Jude Fisher

Category: Fiction / Fantasy
0 pages; ISBN: 0756401879

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

Review

The Rose of the World
Jude Fisher
Daw, Feb 2005, $23.95, 512 pp.
ISBN 0756401879

Three benevolent beings, the Woman, the Man and the Beast watched over the world of Elda making it a land of harmony, peace, and love. This idyllic world dissolved into chaos when Rahe, the most powerful sorcerer that ever lived kidnapped the Beast and the Woman, and buried the Man in a place to die. The Woman, the Rosa Eldi was stripped of her memories and her magic and taken to Rahe’s hidden ice fortress where he siphoned off her powers and that of the Beast, making him more powerful and dangerous.

When Rahe’s apprentice stole the Rose of the World and the Beast, magic returned to the world. At a trade fair, the King of the North, Ravn and the Lord of them South Tycho Issianm saw the Rose of the World and wanted her. Ravn won but Tycho Issian swore he would get her for himself. He coaxed the population into making war on the north. While this political intrigue takes place, the Rose of the World remembers who she is and is horrified that the world is a hateful place of petty wars and enmity between the north and the south. It is something she won’t stand for as the Woman plans to find the Man and the Beast so they can return Elda to what it once was.

The third book in the Fool’s Gold fantasy series ties up all the loose ends, answering all questions satisfactorily while rewarding readers with a fantastic climax. THE ROSE OF THE WORLD is more epic in scope, so the various sub-plots tie seamless back to the main storyline as readers understand why each sub-plot was necessary to make this romantic fantasy a complex and fulfilling work.

Harriet Klausner

 

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