The Usurper's Crown (Isavalta Trilogy)

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The second volume in a stunning fantasy trilogy set partly on the shores of Lake Superior in the 19th century.When Ingrid Loftfield follows her sister out of the house in order to discover the reason for her nighttime excursions, she has no idea that this short walk to the beach will lead her to another world entirely. As the daughter of a fisherman on the shores of Lake Superior, her life has so far been unremarkable - the most difficult problem she has faced is whether or not to marry the dependable but unexciting Everett Lederle.But when a stranger releases her sister, Grace, from an enchantment by a dead sailor, Ingrid is initiated into a world of magic and intrigue she never could have imagined. For the stranger, Avanasy, is a native of Isavalta, a world which can only be reached by crossing the land of Death and Spirit. He has been exiled by his ruler, and erstwhile student, the young Empress Medeoan. But Avanasy remains loyal to his Empress, and only he is aware of the grave threat she faces from within her own court. If she needs his assistance he will return to her side without a moment's hesitation - and Ingrid will go with him.

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Praise for Sarah Zettel's First Novel of Isavalta

"A Sorcerer's Treason is a gem of a book, artfully blending the windswept magic of late 19th-century Lake Superior with that of the mystical realm of Isavalta. Sarah Zettel's vision of both places is keen, her worldbuilding refreshing and original, her plot unpredictable and her characters multi-dimensional. The journeys across time, layers of court intrigue, haunting magic and crisp depiction of setting make for an extremely enjoyable read."--Elizabeth Haydon, author of Prophecy

"Complicated court intrigue is brought alive in a setting, enriched by research in Russian folklore and magic-lore, for a very cleverly woven fantasy. A good read indeed."--Andre Norton

"Should please readers eager to leave this dull world of ours behind." --Publishers Weekly

"A Sorcerer's Treason is a sumptuous tale of subtle magic, malevolent sorcery and twisted loyalties where nothing is at it first appears--I can guarantee you won't regret venturing into Sarah Zettel's world." --Sara Douglass, author of The Wayfarer Redemption

"Blending mythos from Chinese, Russian and pan-Indian cultures, Ms. Zettel's magical world is a well crafted millieu in this first of a trilogy." --Romantic Times (****)

“If you’re after an utterly compelling tale based around how magic is weaved and people are corrupted, then this is for you!” --Dreamwatch

Intriguingly blending well-researched Russian and Chinese folklore, Zettel creates a fine fantasy." --Paula Luedtke, Booklist

About the Author:

Sarah Zettel was born in California in 1966. Since then, she's lived in ten cities, four states and two countries. She has written four science fiction novels and many short stories in the sf, fantasy and horror genres. She currently lives in Michigan with her husband and their son.

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