Weight of Stone

Gallery: S. & S. (Vineart War, Bk. 2). Oct. 2010. c.384p. ISBN 9781439101452. $24.99. FANTASY
Wrongly accused of treachery and marked for death, Vineart apprentice and former slave Jerzy flees aboard ship, accompanied by three companions who have cast their lot with him. Seeking the taint that threatens the vineyards producing the magical wine of spellcasting, Jerzy encounters fierce sea creatures and foul winds as he makes his way to a confrontation that could rock the foundations of his world. Gilman's sequel to the Nebula Award-nominated Flesh and Fire provides a closer look at a distinctive fantasy world in which magic and vineyards are inextricably entwined.
VERDICT With intriguing characters and a fresh approach to fantasy adventure, this beautifully written title deserves a wide readership.
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