Now that Lalune has escaped the sinister cyberclinic with Solly's help, together they embark on the daunting task they have been assigned as the prophecised holders of the Key of Being. They don't yet know who the third key holder is, but they are soon to find out - as on the other side of Clandoi, a stammering psychic youth called Seachran is about to stumble across them with their friends, Etolantie, Pruppas the fungus and Aube the Seer. The three need to unlock the secret of the Janus Tree, a portal which, if not used wisely can be destructive..but should enable them to lead the people of Clandoi to a literally brighter, better, ecologically functioning world. This is a compelling and pacy conclusion to a wonderfully imaginative and beautifully characterized sci/fi fantasy. All the familiar characters are there, but new ones too - unforgettable! Through it all there is a poignant love story to be told, which not even Lalune's blindness and Solly's abduction to be used as a 'body' for a spoilt and tyrannical Prince can thwart. Deeply satisfying.
Used availability for Erica Blaney's Solar Nation
February 2009 : UK Paperback