In this fascinating novel about the effects of an enforced peace, Talyn is a career soldier-magician who finds herself at loose ends and opts to stay with her family instead of heading out into the world. She allows herself to fall under the spell of a Feegash diplomat, one of the people who helped negotiate the peace between her people, the Tonk, and their enemies of 300 years, the Eastil.

Talyn discovers that what the Feegash negotiated, however, wasn't peace but an insidious oppression. She joins with one of the Eastil prisoners in the hope that with his help, she'll be able to defeat the Feegash before her beloved Tonk are destroyed forever.

Talyn is an immensely interesting heroine, but while Lisle attempts to seamlessly shift between first- and third-person narration, it is a confusing device and detracts from what is otherwise a stellar novel. (Aug., 592 pp., $26.95)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs