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Elise and Pierre Tonnelier, the Redeemer and her Consort, have put Amorgos behind them and are living the life of nobility in France with their two teenage children. Unfortunately, Elam and his best friend Chace are drawn to the armor and weapons of the Redeemer, especially the Sword of the Western Sun. In Magic Thief of Gavalos by Barbara T. Cerny, we follow the Tonneliers as the portal opens up and takes them all back to Amorgos where the children now have the responsibility of facing down Zeus and helping return the magic that has been lost. While Elam, Illieya and Chace face countless dangers and trials on Olympus, Elise and Pierre must help the survivors on Amorgos round up representatives of the other races that lost their magic – Centaurs, Minotaurs, Satyrs, and the like. There is a countdown to a special day when the oracle says the magic can return so there is a lot of work to do. Meanwhile, the children are rescued from the dungeon of Zeus and transported to the stronghold of the remaining Paladine Elves where they begin extensive training for battle with weapons and the use of magic. Just as on Amorgos, there is a deadline on Olympus for achieving their goals. Will the children of the Redeemer live up to the challenge as their parents had done or are they doomed by the power of Zeus?
Barbara T. Cerny has created a magical world that rivals that of Tolkien’s Middle Earth in Shield of the Palidine and its sequel, Magic Thief of Gavalos. With a concise summary of the first book as a prologue, you can easily get into the new story, whether you have read the previous one or not. Fantastic creatures, a difficult quest, soaring emotions and intense action keep you enthralled as you follow Elam, Illieya and Chace through torments and triumphs on an alien world. Thoroughly absorbing, Magic Thief of Gavalos is a book you can’t put down. The depth of the author's insight and the emotions portrayed are amazing!