The Keep of Fire: Book Two of The Last Rune Mass Market Paperback – Nov 28 2000
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From Library Journal
Seeking a cure for a sickness that immolates its victims, Travis Wilder once again makes the journey from his Colorado home to the magic-rich world of Eldh, where a similar plague sweeps across the land, leaving terror in its wake. Reunited with fellow cross-world traveler Grace Beckett, now a magical healer, Travis confronts his greatest fears in the hopes of saving his own world and the new world he has come to love. Anthony's sequel to Beyond the Pale details a world of medieval customs underscored with deep-rooted magics and ancient evils. For most fantasy collections.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From Kirkus Reviews
The second installment in Anthony's fantasy saga (Beyond the Pale, 1998). Travis Wilder, a bar owner in Castle City, Colorado, has the ability to visit Eldh, a medieval-magic world of knights, witches, and monsters. In Eldh, dysfunctional Travis can work rune magic through the sigil inscribed on his palm. Another insecure American, ER doctor Grace Becket, has Weirding talentsshe can sense and magically manipulate life-threads. Unlike Travis, Grace chose to stay in Eldh at the conclusion of the previous adventure. Travis, once more on Earth, is beset by cryptic black-clad beings and other weird characters given to gnomic utterances and seemingly bent on exploiting his knowledge of Eldh. Inexplicably, though, people are bursting into flames, while on Eldh Grace encounters a parallel Burning Plague. So only in Eldh will Travis and Grace find answers, by way of the usual quests, battles, and character-building confrontations. Barely distinguishable from heaps of similar productions. Fans only. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
In this second book of the series, Mr. Anthony continues some themes and introduces others. Once again, he focuses on a specific stone of power (this time it's the stone of fire). Our heroes work to prevent the misuse of the stone and the destruction of Earth and Eldh. We get more information about what it's like to live in medieval times. Child Samanda makes a brief appearance. The main characters finally have to face their inner demons. And so on. In addition, we get the character development that is typical of the second book of a trilogy, including the homosexual knight mentioned in other reviews.
In general I like Keep of Fire and the series. It may be a ripoff from other epic fantasies (Tolkien, Eddings, Donaldson, Hambly), but there is a lot of new stuff as well. Mr. Anthony has given us a rich world and some interesting characters.
I applaud the author for tackling issues that have long been taboo in fantasy: specifically homosexuality. Too often homosexual men have been seen as effete, useless fops. In the real world, we know this not to be true. Kudos.
NOW...let's see the third book be stronger than the second, and at least as strong as the first.
Most recent customer reviews
I read the first book and was pleased, there were a few missteps I could except as first novelitus, and a few good points that made me interested in reading further into the... Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2004 by Daffydd
The Keep of Fire is a wonderful chapter in this captivating series. I bought Beyond the Pale on a whim, and was hooked on the series. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2001 by Ariel
Much like the book that came before it, "Beyond the Pale", this book is filled with the precise detail that I've already learned to expect from Mark Anthony. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2001 by Kay
I really liked "Beyond The Pale," the first of The Last Rune series. I thought it was a little uneven, but I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on Dec 5 2000 by Paul R. Worthington
His first installment was a quick, and engrossing read, and I enjoyed some of the more subtle undertones of Beyond the Pale, however... Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2000
Mark Anthony continues to grow in his series. It's tough to be objective when reviewing a friend's work, but I will try. The character development is terrific. Read morePublished on May 26 2000 by Frank E. Tagader
I have just finished The keep of fire, which I ran out and bought after reading the first book Beyond the Pale, I thought the first an excellent read, and the second a good one... Read morePublished on May 22 2000 by Dom Tailor
While this author has potential, the digressions into colors of robes, feudal customs and hygiene habits of the protagonists are painfully long. Read morePublished on April 18 2000 by charles l. fritz