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Trio of Sorcery by Mercedes Lackey
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As I promised, here's a review of a book I've been waiting for a long time to read. Trio of Sorcery by Mercedes Lackey is the continuation of her Diana Tregarde books from twenty years ago. She was one of the earliest practitioners of what we now call "urban fantasy," taking the "real world" and matter of factly inserting fantasy (elves, vampires, werewolves, etc.) elements.

This book includes a new Diana Tregarde episode, "Arcanum 101," as well as two of Misty's other urban fantasy heroines. Jennifer Talldeer makes her appearance in "Drums," while Ellen McBridge finds her computer work dragging her into dark places in "Ghost in the Machine." Not only was Misty one of the first authors of modern urban fantasy, she was the first to employ kick-ass-and-take-names heroines. That's a trope more abused than used today. Here, however is the real deal.

Misty stopped writing these urban fantasies when people started to act as though the Guardians in her stories were real, and she began to be harassed by some rather unsavory characters. Now that the issues have passed into history, she has written new ones for this volume.

Diana Tregarde was one of my first exposures into the occult and the world of Wicca. Misty passes along a lot of information without info-dumping, and does a great job worldbuilding. Her worldbuilding skills have always been top shelf, and in the world of the Guardians there is a defined world just sideways from our own.

One of the interesting things about this volume is that Misty set it in the same time period as the first Diana Tregarde stories, just as if she had never stopped writing. So, no laptops, no cellphones, no PDAs...the flavor of the time comes through with marvelous fidelity.

This is a go directly to Amazon or your local independent bookseller and buy it book. You'll enjoy an afternoon and evening with Diana Tregarde and her world.

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*hugs the slug*

it's so awesome to have you back. i just wanted to comment rather sheepishly that Misty is why i'm Wiccan today, via the information she passed along in the DT novels. yes, i went and checked around that this awesome Wiccan religion i was reading about wasn't just a really cool figment of Misty's imagination, but still...

i also loved Jennifer Talldeer as a char, and wish both DT and Jennifer Talldeer were more popular at large, so Misty would write more about their adventures.

-bs

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