Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Smith, Julie Dean

(1960-    ) US writer whose Caithan Crusade sequence – Call of Madness (1990), Mission of Magic (1991), The Sage of Sare (1992) and The Wizard King (1994) – is more competent than the titles might hint. At the heart of the sequence, set in a Fantasyland with Celtic-Fantasy coloration, is a sometimes engrossing conflict between Magic and Religion. The female protagonist, whose Talents develop as she goes through a Rite of Passage into uneasy adulthood, is Princess of a Land where magic causes madness and is in any case proscribed; her long fight to re-establish the proper training necessary to curb her talent, to find a husband, to defeat a wicked Magus, and to come to terms with her stubborn brother, all fit within Genre-Fantasy formatting, but everything is done with panache and a happy skill. [JC]

Julie Dean Smith

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