Synopsis: Gossamyr de Wintershinn has been raised by her father, the ruler of Glamoursiege, to be a warrior worthy of the throne… except he never let Gossamyr show her mettle in true combat. Yet when the Red Lady’s plot threatens to destroy all of Faerie, no one but Gossamyr is fit for the quest and so she travels to the mortal realm for the first time. The half-fae half-mortal does not fear the danger; what she should fear is discovering the truth about herself.
Author: It seems that whomever chose the author bio in this book forgot to do a bit of editing, for it reads exactly the same as in Michele’s previous fantasy novel of Seraphim. There is exactly one year between the publishing of the two novels which means that while Seraphim was going through the publishing process, it is likely that Gossamyr was being written.
Character Development: Throughout this novel Gossamyr grows into herself. At first Gossamyr is conscious of her differences from the other fae, but as she moves into the mortal realm and conquers her opponents she realizes it is those differences that make her special. That makes her the only Champion who can save her childhood home. From spoiled faerie princess to seasoned warrior, Gossamyr finds the place she truly belongs.
Location: The story takes place in both the faerie realm, as well as the mortal realm. Glamourseige is a trifle hard to envision from its description, but you do get the general idea of the place (though I think a line drawing map of the world of fae would have been both helpful and interesting). As for the Otherside, the plot also takes us into France, namely that of Paris for it appears that banished faeries like the city as much as fallen angel/demons.
Character: Dominique San Juste and Tor, both from Seraphim, make an appearance in this novel. The ponderings from an unfilled promise are answered, at least when it comes to the horse.
Subplot: In this book, Gossamyr meets up with Jean Cesar Ulrich Villon the third who had stumbled into a faerie circle and forced to dance for the faeries an entire night… equalling twenty years in the mortal realm. Ulrich is now on a quest to find Tor in hope that the horse will help Ulrich find someone from his past.
Quote: Believe and you belong.
The Verdict: It will make you laugh; it will make you cry. It is even better than the previous novel Seraphim.