book reviews by Althea

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Spells of Wonder – Marion Zimmer Bradley ***

I’m fairly sure I read this around when it came out (1989) – but when I read it again in 2004, the only one I remembered was “Stealing Souls” – Laurell K. Hamilton’s first-ever published story! It’s really good – a tough female mercenary on a quest to free the imprisoned souls of her slain sisters, the bard who sings her praises – and a very, very demanding sword…
Funny – in the introduction, MZB tells Ms. Hamilton to stay away from those “cliched” elves… Even the best editors can’t always be right! (Hamilton’s made a load of cash off writing about elves!)