Saturday, December 30, 2006

huh. ooookay.

Title: Edge of Darkness
Author: Cherry Adair

Serena and Duncan have known each other since they were in wizard school together as kids, and they've never gotten along - all that latent sexual tension, I suppose.

Serena recently married and then was widowed by a much older man, who left her tons of money to do good with, and she's working on a project to help grow food in the artic circle.

Duncan's an agent for the magical branch of a secret government agency (yes, you read that correctly).

And they're both competing for the post of Head Wizard.

And Duncan's family is cursed to never find true love.

And someone's killing off other wizards and stealing their powers - Duncan's working to solve the case.

Duncan and Serena need to work together, but can't help each other in the Head Wizard contests or they'll be disqualified, but, being a man, he gets all overprotective about her and stuff.

SPOILER: Serena knows how to break the curse, and does so, because she's in love with Duncan. She won the tasks and earned Head Wizard, but gave the post to Duncan by giving him the Head Wizard medallion, which is a special piece of jewelry once owned by the ancestor that was actually cursed, so that breaks the curse. Unfortunately, breaking the curse means giving up all her magical powers. At least she still has millions. The bad guy was a guy they also knew from school who was the third competitor for Head Wizard - Duncan kills him at the end of the book, he and Serena live happily ever after, and the lovers from 500 years ago that started the curse get to live happily ever after after all.

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posted by ket at 1:25 PM


Blogger Elizabeth said...

Ket, you disappoint me. This review amounts to nothing more than an empty diagesis of the disgustingly phallocentric text of Cherry Adair. If we perform a Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis, it becomes abundantly clear that "Edge of Darkness" is a twisted anamorphosis of the feminine condition, with Serena winning the Head Wizard role only to relinquish it for her lover's sake. Without question, Ms. Adair lives in her own subjective Umwelt. But then again, there is also the textual evidence of the millions arguing counterpoint to my hypothesis, unfortunately leaving us trapped in an inescapable aporia.

As a sidenote, I'm also quite intrigued by the triadic relation between the Head Wizard medallion, Serena's wizardly powers, and her millions. But perhaps this is a topic best tackled another day...

12/30/2006 7:55 PM  
Blogger reyn said...

So this is a book for people who wish Harry Potter was a porno?

Elizabeth, I'm pretty sure you're making up a lot of those words.

1/02/2007 7:25 AM  

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