One easily senses the author’s delight as he reveals the characteristics of his beloved Ayphae page by page. The joy in writing for him translates to joy in reading for us. His characters own and learn from their mistakes, and extend gratitude and forgiveness to each other in this fast-paced fantasy story. In some ways a mystery, in others a morality play, the reader is taken on a journey of questioning and suspense, watching as the characters struggle with interpreting and reacting to unfolding events. The story is infused with a rich cocktail of mushroom-related facts and imagery; the mushroom soup recipe in the afterword is the perfect chaser.