The Grand Ellipse
By Paula Volsky
(Spectra, Mass Market Paperback, 9780553580129, 672pp.)
Publication Date: October 30, 2001
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Paula Volsky, author of The White Tribunal, returns with a spectacular saga of adventure and intrigue, romance and rebellion — beginning with a wondrous discovery that could forever alter the fate of the free world....
In the modern, civilized republic of Vonahr, the need for magic seems a thing of the past. But soon the Vonahrish will find that magic is their only hope — for an imperialistic race of fanatics, intent on conquering the world, now masses on Vonahr’s borders.
Vonahr’s slim chance for salvation lies in a nearby neutral kingdom, where a brilliant savant has conjured up the ultimate weapon: Sentient Fire, a miraculous flame that responds to the command of its maker.
Low Hetz’s mad, flamboyant king refuses to relinquish the secret — so the desperate government of Vonahr sends the exquisitely beautiful adventurer Luzelle Devaire to turn his head and change his mind. But to gain an audience, Luzelle must win the Grand Ellipse, a test of endurance, ingenuity, and valor....
Paula Volsky is the author of Illusion, The Wolf of Winter, The White Tribunal, and The Gates of Twilight.
“Very entertaining ... [The Grand Ellipse] shows what SF and fantasy writers in this century should do.”
— The Washington Post
“No one can create a fantasy world like Paula Volsky. She keeps getting better and better.”
— A.C. Crispin
“Paula Volsky writes like no one else — charmingly, fancifully, hypnotically. The Grand Ellipse is full of exotic landscapes and adventures. In Volsky’s hands, however, even the simplest characters and settings become exotic, tinged with strangeness.”
— Stephen R. Donaldson
Also by Paula Volsky:
The Wolf of Winter
The Gates of Twilight
The White Tribunal