Granddaughter of the sorceress Kethry, daughter of a noble house, Kerowyn had been forced to run the family keep since her mother's untimely death. Yet now at last her brother was preparing to wed, and when his bride became the lady of the keep, Kerowyn could return to her true enjoyments - training horses and hunting.
But all Kerowyn's hopes and plans were shattered when her anscestral home was attacked, her father slain, her brother wounded, and his fiancee kidnapped. Drive by desperation and the knowledge that a scorcerer had led the journey which would prove but he first step on the road to the fulfillment of her destiny.
Great book- weird formatting
Loved this book- it was a favorite in my teens (though, parents, I would definitely call this an adult book...) and I still enjoy it enough to buy it now.
One problem I did have was some very annoying formatting errors. There were a lot of italics used incorrectly, sometimes switching on and off within a single word. There was some other ones (ü, for example, didn't show up) as well.
A good story marred by a horrible release.
Some publishers seem to think that bright eyed customers with money in their virtual wallets will wander into a store and buy anything, bouyed by nostalgia. And they may be right, but in this case, I'm calling them on it.
Get the paperback, unless you NEED a portable version. It's the same price, and this is awful.
Kerowyn's adventure, continuing the Tarma & Kethry series for another generation, in a new direction is excellent. She has both talent and training, and while Kero shows great success, it ALWAYS come at some price, which is a hallmark of Mercedes Lackey's writing. It ties into the Heralds of Valdemar series well, enforcing that they exist in the same world, and showing an outsider's perspective. It also sets up the Mage Winds trilogy.
However, the text itself… it's pretty obvious that the original sources we either not used or unavailable. This looks like someone took an OCR machine to the paperback and then published that. Formatting errors, obvious spelling mistakes, blatant character mangling (letters, that is) are all present here. It is completely disruptive to the enjoyment of the story.
Great story, but typos kill it
I know Lackey has better editors than this. I've read this tale in paperback, and the formatting was fine. But here, the ebook version...the typos and formatting turn this into an unreadable mess. Spacing problems, italics used when they shouldn't be, sentences changing from italic to regular in the middle of a word, spelling errors, line and paragraph breaks where they shouldn't be. Lackey uses italics to set off her characters' thoughts and mind-speech; whoever was converting this to ebook obviously didn't bother to proofread nor care about the errors.
This isn't the first Lackey book to have these issues in ebook format, either.