book reviews by Althea

Companions on the Road – Tanith Lee ****

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Really, nice, really well-written quest fantasy in the classic vein. Three unlikely companions, all with different motivations, end up looting a chalice from the sacked city of Avillis.
On the road, however, they come to know that the chalice is cursed.
Will the soldier Havor be able to fulfill his vow to a dying companion; to bring money to his destitute family? Or has he met his doom with the ill-advised theft?

Tanith Lee’s writing brings a richness and depth to this type of story that’s rarely seen. However, this book is very, very short. (This edition only contains the one story.) It’s really a novella, not an novel.


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