Synopses & Reviews
Journey to a transitional time in the world, as the dawn of mortal man brings about the downfall of elven magic. But there remains one final place untouched by human hands?the small forest of Ealdwood, in which dwells Arafel the Sidhe, who has more love of the earth than any of her kind. This is a moving, compelling tale of the last stronghold of immortality struggling to survive the rise of man.
"Ms. Cherryh can be justly proud of this omnibus edition of her two-volume series, composed of The Dreamstone and The Tree of Swords and Jewels. I found the writing in both volumes to be first-rate: the dialogue never feels stilted or corny; the characters are believable and have understandable motives; and Ms. Cherryh never overworks her scenes." Stephen M. Davis, SF Site
"A combination reissue of two previously released titles, The Dreamstone and The Tree of Swords and Jewels, with a new ending, this one is a journey into the twilight of the elvish realm on earth. Arafel is a Daoine Sidhe, the highest of the sidhe-faery folk. She alone remains of the elves, choosing to retain guardianship of Ealdwood, the faery forest that borders the mortal world and shelters the last of the old magic. But her loneliness causes her to bestow a great gift of trust on a mortal man, unwittingly bringing grave danger to all creatures of magic as an ancient evil is reawakened. Ultimately, all of faery find their fate in the hands of Ciaran Cuilean, a human with Elvish blood, and his two children. It is through Arafel and Ciaran that all discover the mutual bonds are deep and reach further in time than mankind's enmity and fear of faery, or faery's disdain for humankind. The writing is alternately ethereally dreamlike and tautly suspenseful, wholly befitting this tale of magic and mortality." VOYA
Journey to a transitional time in the world, as the dawn of mortal man brings about the downfall of elven magic. But there remains one final place untouched by human hands — the small forest of Ealdwood, in which dwells Arafel the Sidhe, who has more love of the earth than any of her kind. This is a moving, compelling tale of the last stronghold of immortality struggling to survive the rise of man.
About the Author
A multiple award-winning author of more than thirty novels, C.J. Cherryh received her B.A. in Latin from the University of Oklahoma, and then went on to earn a M.A. in Classics from Johns Hopkins University. Cherryh's novels, including Tripoint, Cyteen, and The Pride of Chanur, are famous for their knife-edge suspense and complex, realistic characters. Cherryh won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1977. She was also awarded the Hugo Award for her short story Cassandra in 1979, and the novels Downbelow Station in 1982 and Cyteen in 1989. Cherryh has traveled from New York to Istanbul, and her hobbies include needlepoint, painting, and refinishing furniture. Cherryh, who also goes by the name Caroline Janice Cherry, resides in Oklahoma.