This is an excellent series!! Very likeable and interesting characters. The worst part about it is the Author ended it after only 3 books! Be sure and check out the next two books in the series Path of Honor and Path of Blood.
I have just finished this book and am starting the second. I initially came across this author with her Crosspointe series Book 1 "Cipher" which was quite detailed and engrossing. That led me to check this site for others by Ms. Francis and led to this series which is earlier than the Crosspointe ones. In any case, the storyline was detailed and the world vivid and well realized. The main characters are likeable and believable and well fleshed out for a newer author. My only problem with this book was that the ability to perform the magic feats needed for the main character to do what needed to be done were to pat and easy... She was basically handed the power on a silver platter by "The Lady" who is basically a local deity for her nation. Other than that, the book was great and I am eagerly diving into the next. Highly recommend.
Good story with interesting characters. First in a series.
This book was an amazing first book to the series. I'm looking forward to reading the rest.
"One woman's coice will save a kingdom." "AN entertaining book from one of fantasy's promising new voices."
In the land of Kodu Riik, it is an honor to be selected by the Lady to become an ahalad-kaaslane-to have your soul bonded with one of Her blessed animals, and roam the land serving Her will.
Abandoned by her parents as an infant, Reisil grew up perpetually reminded that she did not belong. There wasn't a moment when she didn't feel like apologizing just for existing--until she discovered her talent for healing and proudly became a tark.
Now, when Reisil believes she has finally found the security and sense of belonging she has always craved, she is chosen by the Blessed Lady to be ahalad-kaaslane, one of the judges, soldiers, spies, and explorers who travel the land, bound to no one but the Lady Herself. Devastated by the thought of losing her hard-won place in the world, Reisil rejects the Lady's gift and the ahalad-kaaslane goshawk who needs her.
But her decision does not affect her alone. Soon the fate of all Kodu Riik will rest in her hands--and Reisil will be forced to make a bitter choice to save her people from the horrors of war.