FLESH AND FIRE
Gilman's new series is a total departure for the author, who's best known for her Retriever novels. Similarities between the series include interesting characters, strong worldbuilding and a completely different system of magic. Jerzy
is a sympathetic protagonist, and
readers will root for him from the
very first page.
It used to be that the prince-mages held all the power in the Vin Lands and were the only ones who could create the potent spellwines. That all ended when the demi-god known as Sin Washer created a new order in which the princes hold earthly power while the Vinearts create the spellwines.
Jerzy is an apprentice Vineart, brought to the master's home from the fields to learn everything there is to know about spellwines. However, there is an evil power loose on the land and his training is greatly accelerated until, at last, Jerzy is the only one who has the ability to keep the vines alive and save his homeland from destruction. (POCKET, Oct., 384 pp., $26.00)