Even with an intertwining of multiple characters involved across two passages of time, Bramwell is ethereal in his care for each and every thread of the story. Brilliantly fresh, The Gift and the Defender is a volume for almost any age. I would add that I’m just starting my second round with this gem, and even now it seems to reveal new glistening enchantments that I missed with the first dance. Well done! Looking forward to an expanded series!