Lurking in the Forest Folk village of Ghroc is the shape-shifting, murderous wanna-be dark queen, Baobh. She is searching for the central jewel missing from an ancient necklace she stole. Once the gem is in its rightful spot, Baobh will have immeasurable powers. She has kidnapped a man in the hopes his daughter will come for him.
Enter the six-foot-tall, beautiful protagonist, Rhiannon. She is as mysterious as the lyrics in her namesake song by Stevie Nicks.
Rhiannon Kossi strays from her Montana ranch in search of her father who mysteriously disappeared. Deep in a forest, she accidentally accesses a route to Baobh’s world (hence the title of the book) and that’s only the beginning! Other-worldly characters like elves, giants, gypsies and soldiers appear, as well as Rhiannon’s pet wolf, her great stallion, Zellan and a winged cat-like beast called a pax. During her tireless search, she falls in love and discovers her destiny; her calling and the reason she was born.
The theme of good and evil is alive and well in this passionate story of vengeance and heirship. This is a truly magical adventure; it’s a world where men wear chain mail and swords and a knife-carrying woman cannot escape her birthright. I enjoyed this modern, mid-evil romp in all its splendor and was sorry to encounter a cliff-hanger ending. Mature and young adult readers who enjoy clean fantasy should not miss Tree of Bone and Mist. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.