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Magic's Silken Snare (Silken Magic # 1) Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2003
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Gilligan's adventure-romance begins a new series, Silken Magic, set in an alternate seventeenth-century Europe in which the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (southern Italy), here named Tyrrhia, is more prosperous and tolerant than it was in this reality. The protagonist is Luciana, duchessa di Drago, who discovers that her beloved sister, Alessandra, has been murdered, and the corpse stolen. If the body is not recovered, its theft will turn Alessandra's spirit into a demon, because the sisters are Rom (Gypsy), and that is what happens in this alternate world. Luciana sets out through a maze of court intrigues--in which daggers and spells await her at every turn--aided only by her wits and her sister-in-law, the queen. Gilligan creates an interesting world and develops it well, fills it with well-constructed characters, and engages them in a plot that definitely keeps one turning pages. The cliff-hanger ending would guarantee a sequel even if this wasn't marked "Book #1 of . . ." Surely there will be more cheers than groans over that prospect. Roland Green
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Praise for the Silken Magic series:
"An alternate Renaissance Italy is the setting for this opulent tale of court intrigue and dark magics. This excellent first novel presents engaging characters in a well-realized world." —Locus
"The sequel is as gripping as the predecessor, and the term richly textured is also applicable to this superior historical fantasy." —Booklist
"An alternate Sicily is splendidly revealed, as seen through the eyes of new voice ElizaBeth Gilligan. Robust characterizations, multiple storylines and clever delivery of snippets create a satisfying tale." —Romantic Times
“ElizaBeth Gilligan is a bright and shining star in the fantasy firmament, an author who creates characters, both real and magical, who appeal to readers who like complexity and honor in their heroes.... A book that deserves to be put on the keeper’s shelf.” —Midwest Book Review
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If you like reading, if you like mysteries, if you like fantasy, if you like historical fiction, you have GOT to give this book a try. This series seriously deserves to be more popular and FAR more well read than it is!
Luciana needs to find her sister's body and release her spirit so it can pass on. To do so she must locate the wizard who killed her sister and take her revenge on him. When her husband, her one and only love, joins her at the court those who want to replace the present king and queen (Stefano's sister) drag them into regal intrigues, but the plotters are the reason Alessandra was murdered. By thwarting them, Luciana avenges sister and makes sure the Romani have a home. When Luciana tries to find her sister's body on the palace grounds, she faces an enemy she never expected to exist.
The imaginary country of Tyrrhia is situated where Sicily now exists only this kingdom is much larger and stronger than Sicily ever was. The romance of the estranged Duc and Duchessa is pivotal to the story line as the two star-crossed lovers try to find their way back to each other. The religious and racial tolerance that exists in Tyrrhia is another reason for many to want a strong Roman Catholic nation like France or Spain to annex the country. Elizabeth Gilligan has created a fascinating realm that readers will want to revisit in future novels.
Good job and I'm looking forward to reading the rest in the series.