Not many people cross the Abalyne River to escape the
fiefs, territories where warlords rule with an iron fist.
Kaylin is one of the few, as she now works under the Lord
of Hawks at the Halls of Laws policing the streets. The
ruler of Karaazon, the Dragon Emperor, a real dragon, has
taken an interest in Kaylin who has magic in her that must
be trained and because she wears the mark of the immortal
Barrani outcast Lard Nightshade.
Through the machinations of her friend and fellow Hawk,
the Barrani Teela, Kaylin saves the life of the Lord of
the West March through her healing powers. By doing so she
learns his real name and forges a bond between the
immortal and the human. She is taken to the Barrani High
Court where she discovers that the Lord of the West
March's brother is dying because someone has his name. He
wants Kaylin to find out who it is because if she can't
the Barrani race will die at a time the world will need
their powers. Kaylin agrees, but first must understand her
own powers before she begins her odyssey.
Michelle Sagara is a great fantasist who makes it seems
normal than different that sentient races including
dragon, Barrani, human, avian and leoninee live together
in harmony. The audience gets to see and understand the
Barrani culture and it makes one wonder if they are really
a product of the author's imagination or if they actually
exist. Magic is taken for granted in this world's society
and even though the feisty heroine doesn't want to
practice, events force her to learn to wield her powers or
watch death take charge of the realm.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 19, 2007