By Melanie Rawn
Tor Books, Hardcover, 9780765328779, 384pp.
Publication Date: February 19, 2013
Theater, magic, art, and politics all blend in "Elsewhens," the second installment of the amazing high-fantasy series from the imagination of Melanie Rawn.
Touchstone, the magical theater troupe, continues to build audiences. But Cayden is increasingly troubled by his "elsewhens," the uncontrolled moments when he is plunged into visions of the possible futures. He fears that his Fae gift will forever taint his friendships; his friends fear that his increasing distance will destroy him.
But worldly success follows them-an apparent loss in the Trials leads to Touchstone being selected to travel to the Continent with a Royal Embassy to collect Prince Ashgar's new bride. They are the first theater artists to appear outside Albeyn for at least seventy years-for magic is suspect and forbidden elsewhere, and the Kingdom's easy race mixing and magic use horrifies the people they are to travel among.
“Rawn knows what makes people tick, and how to create and present rich, complex characters the reader cares deeply about. Touchstone is a fascinating mix of character choreography, magic, and a refreshingly new fantasy backdrop.”
—Jennifer Roberson, bestselling author of The Chronicles of Cheysuli