Daw, March 2003, 6.99, 560 pp.
Before she died Queen Usharna gave each of her children a Key of Power in the hope that they will work together to keep the kingdom of Grenda Lear prospering. She could not know that upon her death, conspirators would kill her successor King Berayma and make sure Prince Lynan would be wanted for the deed. The new Queen Areava declares her half-brother, who she dislikes because he has commoner blood, a traitor. Lynan escapes before he can be killed and the two masterminds behind the conspiracy hold very important posts in the Queen's government.
Lynan flees to the Chetts in the Sea of Grass and forms an alliance with Queen Korigan of the White Wolf Clan. Everyone knows for Lynan to return to Grenda Lear, he must come as a conqueror with an army at his back. He unites all the clans of the Chetts under his banner and he turns them into a fighting force second to none, but before he marches on Grenda Lear, he must defeat two mercenary armies. One wants him dead while the other wants to use him as a figurehead to conqueror his homeland.
Simon Brown's latest Sword and Sorcery novel is exciting, enthralling and spell binding. Both the queen and the prince believe they have very good motives for their actions but while the Prince freely makes his own choices the Queen is manipulated into making decisions others want her to make. Judging by the loose ends, there will be at least one more book in this epic series and anyone who tastes FIRE AND SWORD will anxiously wait for it to be published.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner