Diane Duane,
Stealing the Elf-King's Roses
(Aspect, 2002)

First, let me say that Diane Duane is one of the top science fiction/fantasy writers today. But this is not her best work. If you want to try her best, check out Book of Night with Moon or Door Into Fire.

In this multi-dimensional world, the equivalent to our real world has psychic/magical powers. One of those is Justice, which allows one with that power to speak with the voice of the dead. It certainly solves crimes. That in itself would be an interesting and thrilling novel, but Duane has to add the second dimension: Alfheim, the Elf World. Elves are getting killed and someone's covering up. Finally, we add the complication of the Elf King.

It's too much -- Duane definitely doesn't realize any of the various storylines' potential. Further, Duane's heroine's self-esteem was just plain sad. Ladies, you'll see what I mean if you read this. At the end, I had the strong urge to yell "Get a clue, sister!" into the pages.

Still, Stealing the Elf King's Roses is well-written and worth a read if you like the rest of Duane's books. I wouldn't mind seeing a sequel in this world with a bit more focus.

review by
Becky Kyle

19 July 2008

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