Todd Moffett's novel _The Flight of the White Horse_ is a clever, fantastic narrative built around Prince Tomlin's quest for the Lady Vera, imprisoned by the insidious Lord Harra. When he acts on faith and acknowledges the power and existence of the White Prince, Tomlin defeats the force of darkness in a climactic scene whose vivid, forceful style keeps the reader engaged and hoping for more.
Various elements in this novel appeal greatly to the imagination and draw the reader into Tomlin's vision quest. Paricularly enticing is the idea of having Harra use a necklace to entrap the Lady Vera. Another is Tomlin's encounter with the Lady Sharamar in a section that recalls Odysseus' encountter with Circe. A third is the dream sequence,preceding the climactic battle, in which Tomlin struggles to maintain his sanity. _The Flight of the White Horse_ is a well thought out, well conceived piece of writing.
There is another element that contributes greatly to this novel's effectiveness, and that is Mr. Moffett's use of descriptive detail. The descriptions are vivid and give the narrative a somewhat cinematic flavor. Consider the following passage, for instance: "The floor in front of them screamed open to reveal not a lower level of the castle but a rocky den, horrible with monsters, their gaping mouths clustered with teeth, their claws raking the air; cries and growls and the scent of terrible things eaten billowed from their mouths"(264).
_The Flight of the White Horse_ is a well written, exciting novel. In the future, I hope to see more work of this calibre from Todd Moffett.