This is another Christian fantasy, the first in a trilogy. The author is apparently primarily a writer of historical romance, but I found this to be a perfectly good fantasy novel. It does have a slight romance in it, but it doesn't dominate the story.
Tahn is a trained assassin under a man named Samis. Samis takes orphans and street children and trains them to become his own personal force of fighters. But Tahn has had enough of Samis's cruelty. He steals away a group of the children and hides them in a cave, where he cares for them and begins to teach them how to survive. He also brings Netta, a woman who was one of his assignments and Samis wants dead, along with her whole family.
A very good adventure with suspense, redemption, and faith.
A fine addition to my library. Recommended!
I didn't know until I finished the book that this is the first of a trilogy. Even so, it was a great book on its own. Some have reviewed this book as a fantasy or adult fairy tale, but for me, it was more medieval historical. Though the time and place are not given, it fit the Middle Ages time-frame. Great characters, lots of action (some of it violent and abusive, but necessary for the story), wonderful theme of redemption and forgiveness, and just a touch of romance. It was definitely different from what I usually read, but I'm so glad I did. If you're looking for something a little different in your Christian fiction reading, then this may be for you.
In the past I never bothered with medieval or historical fiction of any kind. But this author won my heart with her first (book and) series as Leisha Kelly (1-Julia's Hope, 2-Emma's Gift, and 3-Katie's Dream).
When Tahn came to hand - I had to check it out. Wow! It gripped me and I had to finish it. I've already ordered the next in this series of three books. (Or are there more? I hope.) It's a wonderful story with all sorts of drama, and the underlying theme (it seems of all the L.A.Kelly books) of the unfailing love of God for all.
To me it was fiction that led to much more for me. A challenge to my own life and heart. I recommend this book highly for the excellent use of words, the 'real' characters, and the underlying message which does not interfere in the slightest with the wonderful story.
The book Tahn really took me deep into the inner thoughts and struggles of the characters. I could feel their tension, their fear, their memories, and their desires. This was unnerving, even startling at times, since the main character is a professional assassin. But the story develops so beautifully, skillfully portraying the grace and intervention of God, that it made the entire reading experience a joy.