In the late ’80s and early ’90s, Melanie Rawn scored a bestselling success with her Dragon Prince and Dragon Star trilogies. Between 1994 and 1997, she would release two books in her Exiles series and a joint venture with Kate Elliott and Jennifer Roberson. Then she simply vanished. Fans were left wondering where the conclusion of Exiles was (and they're still waiting eagerly). It would be almost a full decade before Melanie returned, but SPELLBINDER was not the epic fantasy of her previous outings, and its follow-up a few years later kept readers wondering, until she finally returned to write the prequel to THE GOLDEN KEY. One of the reasons for her departure from fantasy and the ultimate release of SPELLBINDER was an attack of clinical depression that required her to follow other interests in order to get back on her feet. And now, after a furious breaking of the dam of collected creation, Rawn has unleashed TOUCHSTONE, the first volume in her Glass Thorns fantasy series.
"Though it has been some time since Melanie Rawn plotted a course through fantasyland, her return with TOUCHSTONE is a sure sign that her gifts as a writer, evident from the beginning of her career, have not suffered for having been away for so long."
TOUCHSTONE is the story of Cayden Silversun, who is part Elf, part Fae, and part Human Wizard. He's a theater man --- a magician and playwright. In the world of TOUCHSTONE, magic is used to create the effects that are employed during the production on stage. Together with his companions, Jeska, Rafe and Meika, Cayden seeks to make his way into the legendarium of high society --- not as great politicians or aristocrats, but rather as the greatest performance troupe in the history of the world. The trick is to hold the magic in check, for while the power wielded on stage can enchant an audience, it also has the capacity to bring war. Cayden is troubled, though, by striking visions of the future. In seeking to prevent them, he alters his actions in the present day. Meika, the newest member of the troupe, is a mischievous imp who, while obnoxious, is also terribly gifted. It is between these two main characters that much of the interest of the story unfolds.
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