Sword and Illusion

by: Nancy S. and Steven R. Brandt

Pages: 443

Published: July 3rd 2012 by Astraea Press

ISBN: 9781621350569

From Goodreads: MOONRAZER was already a famous warrior when she drove the Navin from her homeworld, wrested the Sword of Justice from dragons, and became the first Exalted Warrior of the Sarl in seven generations. But now, as she is approaching her 40th birthday, she faces her most terrifying challenge of all–finding a mate and conceiving a child.

PRINCE VARIAN of Tellan needs an heir to his throne before the Festival of the Dragon Moon or the Dragons will kill him and his sisters. Twice, he has taken Dragonmarked wives to beget such an heir. His first wife, Violetta, ran away from him and after years of searching, he declared her dead and took another wife. Five months ago, his second wife and child were found dead. Now, Violetta has contacted him on her own deathbed to tell him he had a daughter sixteen years ago.

When he learns that his lost daughter may be living among the Sarl, and that the Exalted Warrior of the Sarl herself is looking for a mate, he discovers two chances to save his kingdom.

Together, Moonrazer and Varian must deal with intrigue, treachery, and even an assassin to help each other and save their kingdoms. However, even love may not be strong enough to save either world from destruction.


So… I loved this book. Of course, I’m a sucker for epic fantasy to begin with, but I think that there are a lot of elements to this novel that make it a breath of fresh air for the usual fantasy reader. This is a novel that deals very heavily in prophecy and following the rules of Holy One. I think there are a lot of parallels that can be drawn between things that are in this fictional world and Catholicism. I suppose if that’s a problem with you, then you shouldn’t be reading it. But while those parallels can be drawn there are distinctions and it’s obvious this religion was created by the authors. This also deals with an older heroine who has to deal with the changes that are occurring and how she is going to face them and remain a warrior. Having a species where the females are the warriors is something else that I found to be very unique about this novel. I also know that while I wasn’t supposed to like the villain, Whiteshadow, I found her to be one of my favorite characters. I love when I can see where a character that’s supposed to be evil went wrong, and while I’m still not rooting for her, I can see everything from her perspective as well and feel sympathize with her.  Anyway, I really liked this novel, and while I think there could have been just a little more romantic tension between Moonrazer and Varian I would definitely recommend this book to fantasy fans. Go buy it! 🙂


  1. You made my day. Love you. P.S. rooting, not routing.

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