Blurb: It has been six hundred years since Imoshen the First, Causare of the T’En, brought her beleaguered people across the seas to Fair Isle. The magical folk mixed with the natives, bringing culture and sophistication, and made the island one of the wealthiest, most powerful nations in the known world.
In one night, all is lost. Imoshen, namesake of the first Empress, is the last pure-blooded T’En woman, left behind when her kinfolk went to die in defense of their homeland. The savage Ghebites, barbarians from the warm north, have conquered Fair Isle, and their general, Tulkhan, claims her as his right of conquest.
Proud and fierce, trained in arts of war and possessed of extraordinary healing gifts, Imoshen must choose to submit to the barbarian soldier and save her people’s heritage…or to die in a futile gesture of defiance.
Review: As a first book in a new series and author for me, this was really good.
The cultures of both the Ghebites and the T’En are very different from each other but incredibly interesting. It is easy to get caught up in the difficulties that arise in trying to force these two cultures together in any meaningful way.
This was a tad bit on the slow side at times waiting for either some action or resolution or progress to speed things up a little bit. Part of that is just because we have so much to learn about the world and the characters and what is going on as the story drops you in right at the point where one culture has just conquered the other one.
I was also a little frustrated by the back and forth on the two main characters and their view towards each other. It is understandable with the position they are both in, but that is a tension building technique that can get old if overused. This comes close. I still really enjoyed the story overall and will be grabbing the next one soon.