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*****The Cup of the World

by John Dickinson

Reviewed August 2, 2005.
David Fickling Books (Random House), New York, 2004.  419 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (J MCN F DIC).
Sonderbooks Stand-out 2005 (#2, Young Adult Fantasy Fiction)

At first, I thought this book was a beautifully haunting love story, but it quickly went much deeper than that.

Since she was a child, Phaedra has met a man in her dreams.  She has feelings for him that keep her from accepting the many suitors who would like to marry into her powerful family.

Phaedra loves this man, but how does he come to her in the dream world?  Is he dealing in witchcraft, which carries the death penalty?  Can something so beautiful be bad?  What price has he paid?  What price must she pay in order to keep his love?

This book presents a fascinating world of love and power and politics and intrigue and betrayal.  Things are not what they seem.  What can Phaedra do, a pawn in a struggle for a throne? 

This book was magnificently written.  It’s a first novel, so I’m excited to have discovered a new author who writes with power.

Review of another book by John Dickinson:
The Widow and the King

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