"Wizards and sorcerer's and an adventure that keeps you reading"
As a healer, Khamsin has to fight for the respect of the
other villagers. They don't trust magic of any kind, even
if it is to heal them. She has never really been accepted
by the villagers. Now that she is in her seventeenth
year, the sorcerer is supposed to come for her. Tavis is
supposed to keep her safe from him. Tavis refuses to
allow Khamsin to practice her "witchcraft", so she goes to
Tante Bron's cave to seek answers in the mage circle.
While she's gone, the village is attacked by the Hill
Raiders. Her husband and everyone she loves have been
killed. There are three survivors of the raid, and they
latch on to Khamsin as the cause for the raid. Just as
they are ready to kill her, she is rescued by Rylan, the
Rylan brings her back to health and Khamsin and her cat,
Nixa, decide to travel with him. They go to the city of
Noviiya. Khamsin is attracted to Rylan in a way that she
never was to her husband. She's afraid of her feelings.
She knows that she has to confront the sorcerer and she
doesn't want Rylan to get caught in the middle. She's
also afraid of losing him. Rylan is attracted to her as
well, but he never forces her into anything. She has to
choose and he always abides by her decisions.
This is a fantastic fantasy tale. I always love Megan
Sybil Baker's heroines. They are always no nonsense,
capable women that always meet fate head on, and Khamsin
is no exception to this. I was transported to the city of
Noviiya, along with Khamsin. My favorite character in
this story is Ciro, the old wizard that teaches Khamsin.
I really loved the old dog and the meat pies part in the
story. This story pulled me in from the first page, and
held my attention throughout. This one has it all, from
healing magic to demons to wizards and sorcerer's and a
HEA. I would dearly love a story in between WINTERTIDE
and THE ACCIDENTAL GODDESS.
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted November 10, 2006