The ages-past prequel to AN ACCIDENTAL GODDESS
Sorcery, Treachery, and Love…
A war of dark magic has waged for centuries as the powerful sorcerer, Rothal-Kiarr, has defended the Land from evil wizardry through his control of the Orb of Knowledge. But the balance of power could shift if, as foretold by the rune stones, a young village healer lives long enough to reach her eighteenth birthday.
Born in the midst of a maelstrom, her fate sealed with a sorcerer's spell, Khamsin of Cirrus Cove flees for her life when, on her eighteenth birthday, her village is attacked by deadly Hill Raiders. Then her rune stones reveal a quest: Khamsin must take control of the Orb of Knowledge or there will never be peace is the Land. With the help of Ciro, an elderly wizard, and an enigmatic man named Rylan, Khamsin must face danger, demons, and heartache. But her greatest challenge comes as a question: Can Khamsin accept the truth of who she is? It is Wintertide… and the Land awaits her answer.
Set in a fantasy world closely resembling the Middle Ages (save for the witches, sorcerers and demons that dot the landscape), this captivating novel from Sinclair (Destiny's Game) follows a courageous healer named Khamsin as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery. Khamsin has long known that she has been chosen for a particular course in life, but she isn't certain what that course is. All she knows is that a very powerful being, most likely the sorcerer who governs the surrounding lands, would like to destroy her and that she's destined to face grave danger in her 17th year. Nothing could prepare her, however, for the vicious attack on her village that results in the deaths of her husband, family and friends. With the help of handsome and mysterious Rylan the Tinker, Khamsin travels to the city of Noviiya, where she seeks out a wise old healer who can help her hone her magical skills. From there, she makes the difficult trek to the Sorcerer's castle. The plot line is familiar and thinly fleshed out, but the suspense that builds as Khamsin grows closer to her goal, making friends and battling demons along the way, will draw readers onward. While this is far from an action-adventure fantasy epic, Sinclair's fluid prose and intrepid heroine ensure that it is an enchanting read.
This was a fascinating story. The characters were wonderful and intriguing.
Bit of a slow start but then couldn’t put it down