Roc, Oct 2001, 6.99, 432 pp.
The Veil that separates by a road the land of Tir Alainn from the human plane is vanishing in spots and none of the Fae knows why. When the road finally vanishes, the Fae clan lands near it disappear too because they are anchored to the place. It is imperative to not only learn why this is happening but also find a way to stop it before all of Tir Alainn disappears.
Ari the witch lives among the humans, but her lover is Lucian the Lightbringer. He gives her jewels when she craves his love. Lucien, like the rest of the Fae, believes mortals are beneath them and would never consider a permanent relationship with an inferior being. There is someone else who will do anything to keep Ari safe especially since the witch hunters are coming for her. It is imperative that Ari live since she is connected to Tir Alainn though she knows it not.
THE PILLARS OF THE WORLD is a stand-alone fantasy novel that reads like a beautiful ballad involving two humans who believe love is the ultimate magical force in the universe. Anne Bishop is very descriptive with a visual narrative that provides the reader a panoramic view of Tir Alainn that only a real visitor could have written based on first hand observation. Fans of romance and fantasy will delight in this engaging tale.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner