The world around her was the same, the sharp feel of the sandy ground under her feet, the aromatic smell of the herbs and the grasses, the wind off the sea. But inside her everything was different. She was filled with emotions whose origins hovered at the edge of her mind. The harder she grasped at them, the more intangible they became. There was only one certainty, absolute and unchangeable-the Book clasped in her arms was the source of all that was beautiful and precious, the beginning and end of everlasting joy. The power of the universe was in its pages. She must share it. Everyone must know.
Her husband and beloved son assassinated, Tathea, once Queen of Shinabar, is alone and in exile. Numbed by grief, she takes refuge in the Lost Lands, where she tries desperately to find meaning in a life that has robbed her of her family, her home, and her country. But in her quest for the truth, which takes her far beyond the physical world she knows, she discovers that it does not come without cost-terrible cost. Both an epic fantasy and an exploration of the eternal battle between good and evil, Tathea is the extraordinary new novel from the bestselling creator of the William Monk and the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt Victorian mystery series. [publisher blurb]
Association for Mormon Letters Award in the Novel, 2000.