At five hours ago, I curled up in bed with this book, intending to read for two hours and then go to sleep. Now I find myself in the wee hours of the morning, still awake, but satisfied to have finished the book. You'd think that by now I would have learned this lesson.
This book is a fantastic continuation in the series, and like The Steerswoman, it leaves more questions than it answers. I hope I'll be able to find a copy of The Lost Steersman soon so that I can keep reading the story. But maybe not tonight.
In this book, the story begun in "The Steerswoman" continues. The Steerswoman Rowan and her friend, the Outskirter Bel, travel to find the source of mysterious jewels. At first, this was no more than a routine inquiry, but as deception and violence follow them, they begin to suspect there's something more to discover. Is there a plot by an evil wizard to disrupt weather patterns and take over the world? Is the way of life followed by the barbarians of the Outskirts threatened? What do the Guidestars, which have long been used in navigation, but now, Rowan suspects, may be more significant, have to do with it? The more Rowan discovers, the more questions she has - especially concerning the Outskirts, and the land beyond, which seems completely inimical to human life.
An excellent novel, especially notable for its vividly drawn cultures.