On opposite sides of the Seven Kingdoms, Davian, a talented sculptor, and the princess Avelessa weave their separate tales of loss. Avelessa's father, King Perivale, has fallen prey to the evil power of the throne. In a rage he causes the death of her first love, scars her ravishing face, and confines her to her room with only her music as solace.
Meanwhile, Davian loses his heart to a fortune-seeking barmaid, thereafter relinquishing all but his art. When the paths of Davian and Avelessa finally cross, they can't imagine what perilous choices are in store for them--or the redemption that will follow.
Just as Davian brings life to his sculpted stone, Williams brings life to these unforgettable characters in their enchanting, mythical world.
I loved this book! I would most definetely recommend it. It is just as good as it sounds!
This is a fantasy story about one family, the choices that each member makes, and how they can change who you are. From good to bad and everything in between, it's all highlighted. That having been said, I can see the tale the author was trying to weave, and I didn't find that it was done convincingly enough. The way the story was told just didn't draw me in - I found myself skimming rather than being drawn in by the writing style. It has an original premise, but for me, it just wasn't rendered well enough...
I found this series to get better as it went along! The first (a pre-quel of types) was pretty good, the next was quite good, and the third one was very good. Williams uses a world of knights and kings to get us far enough out of the usual humdrum to get a fresh perspective on potentially sticky issues in a Christian's life.