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The shape-shifting Morgans and Haskell witches emerged battered but triumphant from the final showdown against the sorcerer Tupash in 2005's Dragon's Eye, but something survived that battle and is back for more blood in this imaginative sequel, set in the contemporary village of Stonefort, Maine. When the corpse of a young woman—the first of several—turns up in the woods, Stonefort cop Kate Rowley mistakes it for her dead teenage daughter, Jackie, whose ghost continues to haunt her. Dan Morgan, who's most comfortable in the shape of a seal, and his brother, Ben, worry that the punk girlfriend of Ben's son, Gary, is connected with the murders. But Kate and her lover, Alice Haskell, with the help of Alice's niece, Caroline, learn that Tupash's dark force has taken over Jackie's body in a bid for power. Hetley's fresh, skillful sequel will whet fans' appetites for more magical episodes in the Morgan and Haskell story. (Nov.)
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Hetley continues the story of the Haskells, Welsh-Naskeag witches and defenders of women, and the Morgans, descendents of pirates and shapeshifters. Stoneford, Maine, hasn't settled down since the families uneasily allied against a sorcerer-turned-drug-lord (see Dragon's Eye, 2005). The constable keeps seeing her daughter's ghost. Plastic-wrapped corpses turn up on Haskell and Morgan land. Gary Morgan is attracted by a young woman his father quietly considers eliminating. Graduate student Caroline Haskell is ambivalent about traditional family responsibilities, but the search for a mysterious artifact draws her to them. Hetley maintains his creation strongly enough to please previous readers and win new ones. Frieda Murray
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Product Details

  • Series: Ace Fantasy Book
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; Reprint edition (October 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441015433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441015436
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,213,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James A. Hetley lives in the Maine setting of his contemporary fantasy novels The Summer Country, The Winter Oak, Dragon's Eye, Dragon's Teeth, and Ghost Point. His residence is an 1850s house suitable for a horror movie, with an electrical system installed while Thomas A. Edison still walked the earth, peeling lead-based paint, and questionable plumbing. At least the roof has been re-shingled. He's a retired renovation architect. And the cobbler's children go barefoot ...

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on November 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
Stonefort, Maine is an unusual town because of the two prominent families that live there. The female Haskells are witches and The Witch is Alice who lives in the House, a living entity that has rules, changes form and influences the actions of people who live there. The Morgans are selkie shapechangers who possess the magical dragon and gives a tear to those Morgans it deem worthy. The tear is magic in its purest form and allows the Morgans to communicate with other.

When Alice's lover Kate is driving through the woods, she finds a body in a stone circle with its heart cut out, Kate, who doesn't believe in magic even though she used magic to help kill, feels the stones strengthen her. Another corpse in the same condition is found on Ben Morgan's grave even though Ben is alive. He is fascinated by a Peruvian artifact that is dark magic and wants to get a hold on him. Kate is seeing the body of her dead daughter Jackie whose body was never recovered. When someone near and dear to Kate disappears and will be sacrificed Kate must suspend her disbelief, retrieve the artifact and stop the killer.

This sequel to DRAGON'S EYE is a magical urban fantasy that combines loyalty, trust, love and acceptance into a plot that is filled with enhancements, dark and white magic and sorcery. The people who populate the town listen to Alice because they know Haskell witches can help them and never will tell because of the Morgan shifter. There is danger in trying magic and love and learns that on a life of their own. James A. Hetley is an extraordinary writer who writes a very original and entertaining story.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Kyle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
They're still in pain, both mental and psychological. Kate, perhaps worse than her partner Alice because she killed her only daughter, Jackie, because the girl had been corrupted by the bruja's evil.

Now, it appears that Jackie's been sighted around town, scarred and dangerous. Plus, bodies are piling up. Seems they didn't kill the bruja the first time--but if they don't now, both their families and their town is at risk.

Few male writers create engaging and interesting women. Hetley is one of the rare men who can actually write a woman character that's real, interesting, and convincing. His fantasy is spellbinding--well described magick that captures your imagination. And his suspense keeps you on the edge of your seat reading as fast as you can. I highly recommend Hetley's books for any fantasy lover who enjoys a solid storyline with people that will have you coming back for more.
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I loved the world of Stonefort, Maine, when I read Hetley's prequel to the series, Ghost Point. When I read the first book in the series, Dragon's Eye, I was even more impressed by the evocation of different worlds brought together in a small, tough place.

As I read Dragon's Teeth, and still more the last-as-yet novelette Dragon's Bones, I understood more thoroughly what Hetley is doing, and how well he is doing it. He is unfolding a complex and multiply interacting world of-- to use gamer terms-- lawful evil, chaotic good, and lawful good intersecting. The various powers present in Stonefort, Maine, are precarious enough without alliances-- but the renewed action of lawful evil there requires alliance to be defeated. And alliance is a prickly matter on both magical and personal grounds.

We learn more about most of the people we've got interested in, in Dragon's Eye, and get to understand them more fully now that so much groundwork is laid. We meet a fascinating new part-time resident who seems to be bringing a paranoid techno-magic to the already-overstuffed hand of dragon, water, earth/stone, and wind/tradition magics.

And in reading this book I realized how much Hetley' series is reaching out to become a full trilogy, quadrilogy, or pentology. Dragon's Eye lays out the world and many/most of the balanced and opposing forces. In Dragon's Teeth, a mighty "little bad" is battled.

But I am really yearning for more works to expand on the balancing of powers-- and for the dragon to act fully, in a way it has not yet done. A dragon is not a costly vending machine for magical charms. That dragon wants to reach out from underwater with a full and muscled limb.

So, folks! Buy more Hetley novels! Justify further writing in this world, with which I'm sure Hetley isn't done!
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Feles31 on January 1, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I did not read the first book in this series, however, I do not believe that is the reason I simply did not care for this book very much. The plot outline on the back of the book seemed very interesting about a town with two long-standing families with powers but it just never lived up to expectation. I tend to find that I end up feeling this way about a lot of young adult books --- while the plot sounds interesting and makes me pick them up, the majority of them end up leaving me feeling like I was an outsider looking in on a world with a lot of unpleasantness and I never really came to care about the characters or anything that took place in the story.
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