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The hidden world
Park, Paul
Adult Fiction PARK

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In this exciting and satisfying fourth and final volume (after 2007's White Tyger) of Park's much praised alternate historical fantasy series, young, clairvoyant Miranda, now revealed as both a lost Roumanian princess and the legendary shape-shifting White Tyger, must avoid the machinations of the corrupt and violent Colonel Bocu and the ghost of wicked Baroness Nicola Ceausescu as she struggles to understand her heritage. Members of the old nobility, not all of them still living, continue to experiment with dangerous and ancient magics they only partially understand. As Roumania begins to flounder in its war against Turkey, dark rumors surface of a terrible and perhaps necromantic final weapon that may destroy the nation. Miranda can depend only on her oldest friends, the young army officer Peter Gross and the gender- and species-shifting Andromeda. This final volume, although beautifully written, does not stand well on its own, but it provides a fitting and triumphant conclusion to the series. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Raised in Berkshire County, MA, to protect her identity, Miranda Popescu, along with her friends Peter and Andromeda, find their way to the hidden world of Greater Roumania, where Miranda is princess of a country caught in the throes of war and suffering under a tyrant. As Miranda discovers the strange magics of her new world, her companions undergo their own transformative journeys, culminating in a desperate final battle to free Roumania from the invading Turks. The final volume in Park's cross-world epic series (A Princess of Roumania; The Tourmaline; The White Tyger) depends on an understanding of the previous titles for context, but the well-drawn characters and the vivid images of ancient magics work on their own level to provide an engaging and satisfying conclusion. A good choice, along with other series titles, for most fantasy collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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