The Daemon Prism

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The Daemon Prism

A Novel of the Collegia Magica

“Daemon’s Prism” by Carol Berg continues the saga of Dante de Raghinne, the Master Mage who has been chronicled in the ‘Collegia Magica’ series. Blinded physically and emotionally, Dante has been living with Anne de Vernase and teaching her to use her magic but never allowing her to get past his tightly guarded barriers. A series of events lead to the sorcerer reluctantly calling for the services of Ilario de Sylvae and his soldier, Captain de Santo, in order to start a journey that may rock the very world on its foundations. A threat to Portier, one of the few that Dante allows himself to care for, ensnares the handicapped sorcerer in a struggle with both his past enemies and with legends that stretch into the distant past. Unlikely and unwilling allies who may or not be betrayers as well complicate the struggle that echoes throughout the ages and the Tetrarch Beltan de Ferrau continues on his mission to force Dante to pay for all of his crimes. The discovery of the Maldivean Seeing Stones and the travails that Dante and his friends must endure to unravel their secrets may finally destroy the man who seems to have been born to become the Daemon of legends.

Another intricately plotted and detailed fantasy novel that sweeps the reader onto a remarkable journey of magic and betrayal. Dante has been a tortured character throughout the series yet manages to gain the trust of those few that have seen his actions and the struggles that underly them. Several startling twists and glimpses of the dark beginnings that Dante faced during his formative years give insight into him even as the machinations continue to plague the man whom is reviled by far more than valued by the few who know his secrets. A rare view of Dante’s family introduces yet another person of importance to the troubled soul even as it shows some of the events that hone his character. Ms Berg continues to display her mastery at world-building and her facility for creating characters and situations that shift perceptions with subsequent chapters in this mesmerizing addition to yet another of her complex series.

Book Blurb for The Daemon Prism

Dante the necromancer is the most reviled man in Sabria, indicted by for crimes against the living and the dead. He salves bitterness with a magical puzzle - a desperate soldier's dream of an imprisoned sorceress and a faceted glass that can grant one's utmost desires. But the dream is a seductive trap.ÿ Haunted, blind, driven to the verges of the world, Dante must risk everything he values to unravel a mystery of ancient magic, sacred legend, and the truth of the divine...

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2012 4.75