"A beautiful fantasy"
When the wellborn Dame who employed her died and she was
raped by one of her Blood employers, fifteen years old low
caste mudfolk orphan Luck moved into the wilds of
Kingswood. There she began eating berries that caused
hallucinogenic reactions. No longer feeling like a
lowborn drudge, she renames herself Firethorn and gives
thanks to the Goddess for gifting her with special skills.
During the Upside Down Days, Firethorn meets Blood, Sire
Galan. She agrees to serve as his sheath and bedmate as
he joins the King's army in Marchland. Firethorn and
Galen begin to fall in love, but her loyalty and his trust
are tested by his sexist-caste prejudicial superior and
his odious malevolent cousin even as her healing powers
and other adept proficiencies surface that may separate
the pair even further.
This opening gamut introduces the fantasy genre to a new
delightful voice. The story line is exciting, fast-paced,
and insures the mysticism feels genuine whether it is
healing, seeing in the dark, or an out of body trek in a
shadowy realm. The support cast enables the audience to
learn more about the Micklem universe especially the caste
system that subtly is condemned. Fans will rejoice with
this newcomer whose casts a compelling spell on readers
anxiously awaiting the second tale.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 18, 2004