Monday, June 4, 2012

The Princess of Trelian by Michelle Knudsen

In The Princess of Trelian by Michelle Knudsen, Meg and Calen face dangers both familiar and new. Calen and his master Serek have traveled to the headquarters of the Magistratum for Calen's first official mage-mark, but while they are there the Magistratum is attacked by mysterious forces, and some of the mages think Calen is to blame. Meanwhile, back in Trelian, a neighboring kingdom claims to have been attacked by a dragon, and Jakl is their prime suspect. Meg is sure that Jakl had nothing to do with the attacks, but she's been suffering from violent nightmares, herself. Could that have something to do with her link with the dragon? She's hesitant to discuss it with her family, because they are already mistrustful of Meg and Jakl's link. When Meg tries to take matters into her own hands, she manages to make a bad situation worse . . . and Calen, one of the few people who really understands her link with Jakl, may be too far away to help. Trelian teeters on the brink of war, the Magistratum seems to be breaking apart -- is there some evil force orchestrating events, and what roles will Meg and Calen play in how they unfold?

I thought this book was about on par with its predecessor. It's obvious that it's the second book in (most likely) a trilogy. The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger. A few new characters are introduced -- most notably the eccentric mage Anders, possibly my favorite character in the series so far. Readers who enjoyed the first book in the series will probably like this one, though they will doubtless be impatient for the release of the next book.

(Reviewed from a copy borrowed through my library system.)

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