Julian May is a prolific bestseller in both the fantasy and sf genres. Phenomenally successful, her Saga of the Exiles sold in the millions around the world.
The kingdom of Laboruwenda finds itself on the verge of war as a sorcerer thought to be dead returns to reclaim the three talismans of power held by Queen Anigel and her sisters. May's solo sequel to Black Trillium (LJ 8/90), a fantasy collaboration by May, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and Andre Norton, follows a path similar to its predecessor--separate quests for the sisters lead to reunion and a final confrontation--but changes its focus from the absolute destruction of evil to the possibility of its ultimate transformation. Libraries with active fantasy collections will want this.
A dozen years after the events recounted in Black Trillium , the World of the Three Moons is endangered by another sorcerer, Portolanus, Master of Tuzamen, considered a mountebank by some, yet still dangerous. The three sisters who hold the talismans of the Sceptre of Power, which previously saved their country, Ruwenda, must bury their differences to save their world. When Kadiya, the middle sister, champion of the aborigines, loses her talisman, and Portolanus and the pirate queen of Raktum kidnap the king of Laboruwenda and his children to obtain the talisman of his wife, the queen, it remains for Archimage Haramis, the oldest sister, to master her powers sufficiently to take on Portolanus and the armies he has raised against her beleaguered country. The Master of Tuzamen is no longer a figure of fun, however, but is unveiled as Orogastus--the powerful and evil sorcerer, believed destroyed 12 years previously. This sequel to the joint effort produced by May, Andre Norton and Marion Zimmer Bradley is a superior tale, giving life, character and emotion to the three Petals of the Living Trillium as they continue their adventures. (July)