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New York Times bestselling author Mercedes Lackey has written over one hundred titles and has no plans to slow down.Known best for her tales of Valdemar and The Five Hundred Kingdoms, she's also a prolific lyricist and records her own music."


Able to move about on both land and water, the Sea King's seventh daughter, Princess Ekaterina--called Katya--serves her family as both ambassador and spy. When a mission to the realm of Belarus leads to her meeting with Prince Sasha, seventh son of the king and accounted a fool by all, she suspects that he is something more, but a greedy Jinn seizes Katya and traps her in a castle with his other royal prizes. New York Times best-selling author Lackey's latest addition to this series draws on the folklore and images of Russia and Eastern Europe, telling the tale of two special young people and their common destiny. Fans of Lackey's "Valdemar" series as well as general fantasy enthusiasts should enjoy this classic fairy tale with a pair of proactive, resourceful heroes. A good addition to most fantasy and YA collections. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Lackey's ornate, meandering third installment in her Five Hundred Kingdoms romantic saga (after 2006's One Good Knight) heralds the fair Princess Ekaterina, seventh daughter of the Sea King, whose magic enables her to surface from the watery deep and live on land as well. When her father dispatches her on a spying mission to the Drylands, she falls in love with the land-born seventh son of the king of Led Belarus, Prince Sasha Pieterovich, a Songweaver who calls on magic through music. But their steamy courtship is soon interrupted by an evil Jinn, who captures Katya and confines her to his castle along with dozens of other magically gifted females, whose powers he saps to enrich his own. But stealing clever Katya is a big mistake for the Jinn, as it leads to a pyrotechnic showdown-dragons and all-before the gifted couple continue on their path to wedded bliss. (Mar.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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