|Plot Summary of Beyond World's End|
and Rosemary Edghill
Baen, Jan 2001, 24.00, 331 pp.
After his last save the world success (see Bedlam's Bard), musician Eric Banyon looks forward to quiet time studying the flute as an adult-student at Julliard. While Eric plays the student flautist, avaricious research scientists have discovered some drugs that turn individuals into beings with magical capabilities. Being of a non- ethical bent, the coven of scientists plan to use their drug to develop an army of slaves that will make them so rich Gates will seem like a pauper.
However, in the Elven realm of Underhill, Prince Aerune mac Audelaine learns of the new enhancing drugs on the mortal side of the portal. He sees this as an opportunity to use Manhattan's abundance of street people to conquer first the island and then the human world. Only, Eric and his guardian cohorts (Beth and Kory on a return engagement) stand in the way of the Dark prince succeeding in his endeavor.
BEYOND WORLD'S END is an entertaining fantasy sequel that works because of the concrete presence of contemporary Manhattan providing a powerful anchor to the tale. Because of numerous references to the previous adventure (see Bedlam's Bard), those who have not read it should to gain the full flavor and understanding of Eric and his band of saviors. The secondary cast makes the novel work as they either provide insight into the elven realm or are part of modern day Manhattan, which in turn gives the tale its subtle strength by making this fantasy seem real.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Beyond World's End|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Tone of book
- very upbeat
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- fantasy world/fantasy past
Explore/1st contact/ enviro story
Mental/magical powers focus
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- 20th century
- during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
How much dialogue?
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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