This Scepter’d Isle

Written by Mercedes Lackey Roberta Gellis
Review by Carol Anne Germain

This intriguing historical fantasy blends elfish lore with the mortals of King Henry VIII’s court. Lackey (Valdemar Series), renowned for her fantasy fiction works, and Gellis, (Bull God), a highly respected author of historical romance, combine their talents to create a fascinating story.

Within the elfish world, bright and dark FarSeers witness dual visions surrounding the redheaded child of Henry VIII. One image portrays a flourishing England ruled by the child after the king’s death. Another highlights a second child ascending to the throne and bringing the fires of the Inquisition. The elves work to control the outcome of the impending future. The Bright Court elves, Denoriel and Aleneil, intervene into the life of the sweet and innocent Henry FitzRoy, the illegitimate son of Henry. They believe he will be the sovereign which brings a hopeful future. Their more sinister half-siblings, Rhoslyn and Pasgen, strive to bring Mary Tudor, Henry’s daughter by Catherine of Aragon, to the throne. This saga keeps within the historical boundaries of Henry’s court.

The carefully constructed plots and subplots keep the reader well entertained throughout this exciting adventure. Certainly, this is the start of another wonderful fantasy series.