“Kar Kalim [shows] in painful detail what might be the reality of fantasy, wherein magic only increases the burden on ordinary folk…Will I remember it? For a long time. That, by my definition, is good writing.”
– Piers Anthony
From Library Journal
Sorceress Inya, Lady of Moontooth and guardian of portals to other worlds, reluctantly accepts Murl Amrey as her student of magic. A disturbed young man, Amrey seemingly disappears on one of the worlds Inya has sent him to in order to retrieve a wizard stone. He returns years later as Kar Kalim, conqueror of the world, and takes Inya prisoner. In Amrey’s lust for power, Inya realizes she is his mirror image and the only one who can stop him. Christian’s insights into abuse of power make her second fantasy thriller (following Mainline, LJ 5/15/96) a rousing good morality tale. Recommended for fantasy collections.
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Fantasy Worlds blog (2008)
So you are tired of the standard fantasy novel and want something different? Try Kar Kalim by Deborah Christian. It is very different from the norm. The book is full of rich descriptions, interesting magics and a different plot…The book has a lot to say about the darker side of human nature and power. [The main characters] are arrogant creatures of power. Be patient though and you will be rewarded.
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