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The Well of Tears
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Cecilia Dart-Thornton graduated from Monash University with an honours degree in sociology. She began as a teacher and lecturer, then started and ran a business before becoming a full-time writer. Her interests include animal welfare, environmental conservation and digital media. She lives in Australia.

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Jewel, the daughter of Jarred and Lilith and the last of the line of infamous sorcerer Janus Jaravhor, grows up without a care until her parents' sudden death forces her and her uncle to flee their home and seek anonymity elsewhere. When Jewel unexpectedly finds herself left alone, she encounters a group of traveling magicians who take her into their company and bring about a meeting between her and the Storm Lord's son, Arran, whose own destiny leads him on a grand quest to win Jewel's love or, if he fails, condemn his people. Dart-Thornton continues her latest series with a tale of love won and lost, of fate and free will, of prophecy and peril that belongs, along with its predecessor (The Iron Tree), in most fantasy collections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Australian author Dart-Thornton's ponderous second fantasy is set in the world of Tir (after 2005's The Iron Tree), where the fulfillment of a tragic prophecy has left Jewel an orphan. The last descendant of Janus Jaravhor, the Sorcerer of Strang, she alone can unseal the Dome of Strang and reveal its treasures. Fleeing her marshland home, Jewel finds sanctuary with a miller's family in High Dairioneth, where she grows to maturity. Persuaded by transparent trickery that her ancestral curse has been lifted, she travels to the dome determined to acquire whatever lies within. Accompanied by Arran Stormbringer, a weather mage, she's oblivious to his love for her. Jewel gradually becomes aware of Arran's feelings, but the romance is minimal. Despite some imaginative flashes, the poetic pseudo-medieval style exasperates more than it delights and further burdens a plot already weighed down with needless scenes and reiteration. An interactive CD-ROM brings Tir visually to life. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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