The Grand Ellipse by Paula Volsky

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Paula Volsky, author of The White Tribunal, returns with a spectacular saga of adventure and intrigue, romance and rebellion — beginning with a wondrous discovery that could forever alter the fate of the free world....

In the modern, civilized republic of Vonahr, the need for magic seems a thing of the past. But soon the Vonahrish will find that magic is their only hope — for an imperialistic race of fanatics, intent on conquering the world, now masses on Vonahr’s borders.

Vonahr’s slim chance for salvation lies in a nearby neutral kingdom, where a brilliant savant has conjured up the ultimate weapon: Sentient Fire, a miraculous flame that responds to the command of its maker.

Low Hetz’s mad, flamboyant king refuses to relinquish the secret — so the desperate government of Vonahr sends the exquisitely beautiful adventurer Luzelle Devaire to turn his head and change his mind. But to gain an audience, Luzelle must win the Grand Ellipse, a test of endurance, ingenuity, and valor....

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About Paula Volsky

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Volsky was raised in New Jersey. She majored in English at Vassar then traveled to Europe to complete an M.A. in Shakespearean studies at the University of Birmingham. Upon her return to the U.S., she sold real estate in New Jeresy, then began working for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, DC. She left HUD to pursue full time writing.
Published March 2, 2011 by Spectra. 674 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Volsky's new Victorian fantasy takes place in the same world as The White Tribunal (1997) but otherwise is unconnected.

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