August 31st, 2013

Golden Hair

Splendors and Glooms

Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

A Victorian-era fantasy children's book, for some reason labelled "Mystery" by the library I got it out from.  Not a good label.  Suspense, on the other hand, might be.

It opens with a dying old woman, Cassandra, afraid of the phoenix stone that has been the source of her magic.  A treacherous student of hers, from her middle years when he was young, had warned her about it, but not enough for her to escape.
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