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Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy
This story is slow to start, but it catches the imagination as you're pulled into the wake of a war seen through the eyes of a camp follower. Despite being a twig caught in the river of events, the main character is shrewd and interesting, and one is compelled to turn the page to see how she will navigate through the harsh, unforgiving and sometimes rewarding currents of her world. This is an entertaining tale, though the rich descriptions and cultural details outshine rather flat characters.
Firethorn is a willful and intelligent woman. While pursuing her lover into war, though he left her behind and forbade her to follow, she is struck by lightning. With her tongue addled and one eye partially blinded, Firethorn is believed by many to be touched by the gods. When she is taken by an enemy king to be his captive seer, she uses her wits and resourcefulness to rise from the lowest slave to the height of luxury and renown. But along the way she finds that the price for such success may be too high. (SCRIBNER, Jul., 517 pp., $30.00)
Reviewed By: S.L. Rosania
Published: July 2009