Sara Douglass was born in Penola, a small farming settlement in the south of Australia, in 1957. She spent her early years chasing (and being chased by) sheep and collecting snakes before her parents transported her to the city of Adelaideand the more genteel surroundings of Methodist Ladies College. Having graduated, Sara then became a nurse on her parents' urging (it was both feminine and genteel) and spent seventeen years planning and then effecting her escape. That escape came in the form of a Ph.D. in early modern English history. Sara and nursing finally parted company after a lengthy time of bare tolerance, and she took up a position as senior lecturer in medieval European history at the Bendigo campus of the Victorian University of La Trobe. Finding the departmental politics of academic life as intolerable as the emotional rigours of nursing, Sara needed to find another escape. This took the form of one of Sara's childhood loves - books and writing. Spending some years practising writing novels, HarperCollins Australia picked up one of Sara's novels, "BattleAxe" (published in North America as "The Wayfarer Redemption"), the first in the Tencendor series, and chose it as the lead book in their new fantasy line with immediate success. Since 1995 Sara has become Australia's leading fantasy author and one of its top novelists. Her books are now sold around the world.
As the pyramid named Threshold rises in the land of Ashdod, the culmination of the plans of the Magi to rise to the realm of Infinity, slaves live and die for the sake of constructing the grand edifice. A slave glassholder named Tirzah attracts the attention of the Magi, who tries to discover her hidden talent. The author of "The Wayfarer Redemption" series crafts a standalone novel that features an intelligent and ingenious heroine whose knowledge of impending doom may hold the key to preventing a worldwide catastrophe. Douglass has proven herself a fine storyteller, and here she does it again. Recommended for most fantasy collections. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Australian author Douglass (The Wayfarer Redemption) offers a stand-alone fantasy rich in detail, action and romance. In Ashdod, "the land of the One," where a mathematics-based religion holds sway, the glassworker slave Tirzah, an "elemental," can hear glass speak. Set to work at Threshold, a pyramid being built by the Magi of Ashdod as a bridge to Infinity, Tirzah must hide her elemental status or risk death. Meanwhile, a malevolent shadow power, Nzame, is lurking in Infinity, waiting to use Threshold to break through into Ashdod. Only Tirzah, with her uncanny magical ability, hears the glass in the pyramid screaming a warning. For all its complexity, this absorbing narrative flows with ease to a highly satisfactory conclusion. (Sept. 22) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
"Fantasy rich in detail, action and romance... For all its complexity, this absorbing narrative flows with ease to a highly satisfactory conclusion."--"Publishers Weekly""" "Douglass brings many original touches to the telling, effectively using vivid imagery to flesh out her exotic setting: a strong romantic plot in an unusual fantasy setting."--"Kirkus Reviews""" "Full of original touches, this is very good storytelling."--"Booklist" "Douglass has proven herself a fine storyteller, and here she does it again."--"Library Journal"