ARCHIVES Search | Login | Search Tips | FAQ | Pricing | About the Archive | Terms
ProQuest is no longer the archive provider for The Baltimore Sun. Please visit their web site to view their new archive. If you have previously purchased articles, you may log in to view them. If you have an active article plan, you may log in and continue to use it.
Document
Advanced Saved Saved Help
Start a New Search
 Buy Complete Document:   AbstractAbstract Full Text Full Text
Jan Siegel's back with more dragons
[FINAL Edition]
The Sun - Baltimore, Md.
Author: Thompson, Jean
Date: Aug 19, 2001
Start Page: 12.F
Section: ARTS & SOCIETY
Abstract (Document Summary)

In The Dragon Charmer, [Fern] is 12 years older, but childlike in her reluctance to embrace her calling. So Fern's spirit is kidnapped by a tormentor and teacher, Morgus, a witch queen who lives somewhere beyond purgatory. Meanwhile, Fern's enemy from the first book is incubating a magnificent dragon for use as a weapon of world domination (the ultimate in scorched-Earth technology).

It has been said that the Harry Potter books have widened the market for fantasy fiction. If that is true, Fern's sequel will be of great interest, but I must caution that this is not children's fantasy. The Dragon Charmer includes a witch's admission of incest and her abuse of the hideous offspring. Also, [Siegel] deserves a dart for penning a gratuitous same-gender rape scene and then, incredibly, brushing off the horror as meaningless (the victim's body and spirit were in two different places, you see).

 Buy Complete Document:   AbstractAbstract Full Text Full Text

Most Viewed Articles  (Updated Daily)