Whoever said "getting there is half the fun" must have been an avid literary adventure fan. For Eric Van Lustbader's hefty science fiction/fantasy thriller, MISTRESS OF THE PEARL, the intuitive reader should be warned to ratchet up that old maxim to say that getting there provides nearly all the fun.
It's been a while since I've read anything by the justly acclaimed Van Lustbader, so I must confess straight up that the two previous volumes in his epic Pearl saga are not on my have-read shelf. (In retrospect, they should be...) And for Van Lustbader, creative continuity is everything. There's no gentle w