When prehistoric Dalemark is threatened by the evil mage Kankredin, Tanaqui and her siblings discover it is their destiny to oppose him. Can Tanaqui weave a spellcoat strong enough to defeat Kankredin?
At first, this story seems to have little relationship to the two before it. Its not till the very end that its revealed that it takes place in Dalemark but during near-prehistoric times. The society portrayed is very primitive, perhaps analogous to Bronze Age tribes in Britain. When most of the men of a village go off to fight a war against some blond invaders, the pale, fair looks passed down to one familys children by their mysterious, foreign(?) mother make them a target of fear and superstition.
They escape their threatening neighbors, bringing only their household gods with them in a boat down the river but these gods turn out to be more than the reader might have assumed, as they embark on a journey of danger and magic, which will lead them not only to the center of the conflict between two tribes, but to the greater threat posed to all by an evil, soul-catching sorcerer.
The narrator is a young woman who tells the story through her complicated weaving, setting her tale down in a textile coat. To her people, these spellcoats have both traditional and magical powers, and the record of her story will become essential to her story
pretty decent sci-fi. interesting premise- - spells woven into cloaks/coats. Names of characters is very strange but story is ok.