Ace, March 2003, 14.95, 368 pp.
The cosmos consists of seven circles with the seventh being Earth and the fourth being the pastoral land of Nayve where sentient species live in harmony. The Goddess Worldweaver spins a tapestry that records all events that happen on all the circles. Druids, humans, fairies, elves, centaurs, dwarves and other fey creatures work together to make Nayve a center of culture and learning. Their peace is about to be broken because Karlath Fayd, the Deathlord who resides in the fifth circle intends to conquer Nayve.
He has sent his legions of ships containing ghost warriors into the realm and the sheer number of them almost guarantees his horde a victory. General Natac leads his armies in defense of the land while the druid priestess Miradel goes to the Deathlord's realm to see if she can find a weakness to use against him in the upcoming war.
Douglas Niles has the ability to construct a fantasy realm that makes readers believe that such a place can actually exist. Unlike the previous two books in this series, THE GODDESS WORLDWEAVER consists mainly of battle scenes interspersed with a glimpse into the fifth circle. Miradel's role is small but pivotal to the story line and readers will feel very satisfied at the way Douglas Niles weaves the end to this series.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner