Tor, Jun 2002, 27.95, 480 pp.
has a long history of war, but to the residents of today that is in its glorious and ignominious past. The heroes and villains are dead with one exception Lord Molin Torcholder, keeper of the secrets. However, he too nears the end as evil has returned and mortally assassinated him.
Before he dies, Molin must name his successor and transfer his power and secrets to this individual so that Thieves' World regains its equilibrium. Molin depends on Cauvin and preadolescent Bec aided by Soldt to complete his quest. However, their enemy Dyareela, the Mother of Chaos, is a powerful opponent seemingly stronger than the dying Molin and his trio of saviors as her followers are growing rapidly.
SANCTUARY is an exciting Thieves' World entry that is more for long time fans though a newcomer with perseverance and stamina will relish the full effect of the tale and want to read the myriad of sword and sorcery anthologies and novels previously published. The story line is loaded with action yet contains strong characters, especially Cauvin and Bec. Though the history lessons of this realm provide background material for the novice visitor, it slows down the impact of the plot for the experienced traveler. With patience, new and old readers will enjoy Lynn Abbey's latest Thieves' World journey.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner