"Fantasy satisfying both adventurous and romantic readers"
Jinissa uses her magic to save a child from a fatal fall
knowing witchcraft is feared and a crime in Lendiil.
Revealed as both Calavrian witch and a spy, Jinissa is
sentenced to torture and death. A temporary reprieve comes
when Lord Stephan arrives and announces that the king wants
to question the witch. A sigil collar is placed around her
neck to restrain her magic and their long trip through the
Weather and other natural dangers give Jinny and Stephan
time to get to know each other and find they are more alike
than they thought. Both have strong integrity and are
steadfastly bound by allegiance to their leaders. Their
attraction grows to an ill-fated love. To let her go would
destroy Stephan's soul . . . to bring her to his king will
bring Jinissa to torture and death which will destroy his
I appreciate a heroine who, although clearly terrified, is
formidable enough to do what she believes is right and
necessary. Jinissa and Stephan work together with honor
and still stand strong in their personal obligations.
Their growing love and devotion toward each other keeps the
reader as fascinated as the story of their adventurous
trip. When we finally meet the king, the story continues
with a realistic revelation of his power and old-world
Readers will find themselves caught up in the tale and
attentively turning pages until the end. Ms. McCullough
weaves an adventurous fantasy where two strong-willed
people not only face physical dangers, but confront their
personal prejudices and preconceived notions of the others
culture. The story is hopefully the beginning and not the
end of our visit to the lands of Lendiil and Calavaria.
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted October 30, 2002
When Jinissa uses magic to save a child from a bad fall,
she reveals herself as both a Calavrian witch and a spy.
the land of Lendiil magic is regarded as evil and its
practicers as hopelessly corrupt. Jinny is convicted of
witchcraft and condemned to torture and death.
Before the sentence can be carried out, however, a
from the king arrives, announcing that the king wants to
question the witch himself. Lord Stephan has been sent to
fetch the witch. A long trip over the mountains gives
and Stephan time to get to know each other better. In the
face of all the things that should keep them apart,
including Stephan's deep and well-founded hatred for her
people, they begin to learn the truth about each other and
fall in love.
Stephan is an honorable man, loyal to his king, and his
feelings for Jinny will cause only conflict. And Jinny,
her part, is determined to escape during the trip, because
she's sworn to keep her people's secrets, even though her
background ensures that she will never be welcome back in
her own country. With so much to keep them apart, is there
any chance for Stephan and Jinny to find happiness