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Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy
In this new series by the author of the Demon Child trilogy, Marla Wolfblade is the sister of the High Prince of Hythria and, at the beginning of the novel, a naïve and foolish girl. Narrowly escaping marriage to a barbarian foreigner, she instead marries Laran Krakander, a Hythrian warlord. She bears him a son, Damin, who
Marla is convinced that her future is secure, until Laran is killed in a border raid and she becomes more fully aware of the currents of power swirling about her.
Initially an unsympathetic and immature brat of a protagonist, Marla matures greatly during the course of the novel, becoming an admirable woman devoted both to her family and her country. Fallon has done a wonderful job with her characterization. Fans of her prior series will enjoy this return to a prior setting; her book is set well after the events of the Demon Child trilogy, but the same factions and families are in play. (Jan., 512 pp., $25.95)
Reviewed By: Natalie A. Luhrs
Published: January 2006