By Piers Anthony
The 8th publication in Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality sequence. it's the yr 500 advert. Kerena, a stunning younger woman dwelling close to King Arthur's Camelot, is apprenticed to Morely the Seer. Morely teaches her fabulous magic, but if he mysteriously disappears, Kerena unearths herself out in the street and needs to hotel to prostitution to outlive. Kerena flourishes as a talented courtesan until eventually she is taken into carrier via Morgan le Fey, the sorceress sister of King Arthur. Kerena's wisdom of magic grows as she is needed to hold out nefarious deeds for the evil woman Fey. one in all her missions is to seduce Sir Gawain, Knight of the around desk, to avoid him from finding the Holy Grail. yet Gawain and Kerena fall in love and she or he conceives his baby, a baby she discovers is cursed to die an early loss of life. utilizing her Seer talents, Kerena attempts to find the fabled Incarnations of Immortality, looking their reduction in removal the taint from her child. Rebuffed through all seven significant Incarnations, Kerena vows revenge. yet revenge opposed to such amazing immortals will require a fair higher power...
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