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Perry, Anne.
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Salt Lake City, Utah : Shadow Mountain, [1999]

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522 pages ; 24 cm
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National bestselling author Anne Perry makes her fantasy debut with "an innovative, well-written, intriguing novel, far removed from and far above the norm" ( SFX Magazine)... The lovely Queen Tathea guided her country through many peaceful years. But in one fateful moment on one bloody, brutal night, her kingdom-and her life-were changed forever. Now, exiled from the land she loves, she is about to embark upon an extraordinary journey. Thrilling and surprising, full of danger and adventure, it will lead her to a deeper understanding of life's important questions-and inspire her to spread new hope throughout the world...

Author Notes

Anne Perry was born Juliet Hume on October 28, 1938 in Blackheath, London.

Sent to Christchurch, New Zealand to recover from a childhood case of severe pneumonia, she became very close friends with another girl, Pauline Parker. When Perry's family abandoned her, she had only Parker to turn to, and when the Parkers planned to move from New Zealand, Parker asked that Perry be allowed to join them. When Parker's mother disagreed, Perry and Parker bludgeoned her to death. Perry eventually served five and a half years in an adult prison for the crime.

Once she was freed, she changed her name and moved to America, where she eventually became a writer. Her first Victorian novel, The Cater Street Hangman, was published in 1979. Although the truth of her past came out when the case of Mrs. Parker's murder was made into a movie (Heavenly Creatures), Perry is still a popular author and continues to write. She has written over 50 books and short story collections including the Thomas Pitt series, the William Monk series, and the Daniel Pitt series. Her story, Heroes, won the 2001 Edgar Award for Best Short Story. Her title's Blind Justice and The Angel Court Affair made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Less a fantasy than an extended allegory about the dissemination of God's word to mankind, this ambitious, engrossing novel by the author of the acclaimed Thomas and Charlotte Pitt Victorian mysteries (The Twisted Root, Forecasts, Aug. 23, etc.) tackles the infinite battle between good and evil through its title character, Tathea. One moonlit night, Ta-TheaÄas she is known while Empress of Shinabar, her world's most ancient, advanced civilizationÄis awakened by screams. Her husband and young son murdered, Ta-Thea flees her home and takes on a new name and an epic journey as she seeks both understanding of her personal tragedy and a reason to continue living. With Ishrafeli, a steadfast comrade who lends support to her quest, Tathea encounters new lands and engages in their inhabitants' clashes with mortal dilemmas of the flesh and the spirit alike. When she has tested her mettle sufficiently and not found it wanting, Tathea witnesses a debate between the Man of Holiness and his adversary, Asmodeus, which leads her to a precious Book, whose teachings she undertakes to divine and share with the world against opposition beyond her imagining. Although Perry's prose tends toward the florid, and she at times sacrifices her characters' dimensionality in favor of homilyÄspending much of their dialogue and Tathea's thoughts on somewhat repetitive philosophies about the BookÄshe has devised here a powerful, inventive meditation on the possibilities that lie in and beyond the origin of religion. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Perry's latest work is a disappointing departure from her popular Victorian mysteries. Billed as a fantasy, it is in fact a religious allegory about a woman on a quest to find God and spread his teachings. The story revolves around Empress Tathea, who has fled her native Shinabar in search of truth and meaning. Her wanderings in mystic lands lead her to a book that contains the word of God, which she must share with the worldÄbut the world, it seems, is not ready to listen. What might have been an interesting story is undermined by preachy language and poor character development. Minor characters regularly appear and disappear, and Tathea comes across as too perfect to be true. Finally, instead of exploring questions about religious faith, Perry beats the reader over the head with it. Her other books are much more successful at addressing profound philosophical issues. Not recommended.ÄLaurel Bliss, New Haven, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.