"A delightful fantasy"
Hillkirk is a quiet, relatively safe town that lies in the
eastern part of the realm. Theresa Winered is a married
woman stifling from the confines of her position. Hanoli,
a barmaid, tries to keep her dignity in her squalid
existence. Valla is the local midwife respected for her
knowledge of herbal medicine. Although these three women
are of different statures in life, their practice of Wicca
makes them natural allies in the dark days that are soon to
be upon them.
An unstoppable plague is sweeping is on the from the
southlands. At the same time a ravaging horde of
Barbarians from the east is sweeping closer to them every
day, destroy anything in its path. Theresa travels into
the forest of Havernon and becomes one of the leaders in
the war effort. Hanoli and the man she loves travels to
the island of Isalt in hopes of finding THE FLOWER OF THE
CRUEL BURNING, the only known cure for the plague. Valla
stays in Hillkirk hoping to give comfort to her patients.
These three remarkable females, already courageously
helping people, play a heroic role in a war they thought
there was no hope of winning.
Lovers of fantasy that like heroic battles and plenty of
action inside a believable plot will want to read THE
FLOWER OF CLEAR BURNING. The characters make this novel
stand out from other works of similar style and caliber.
The women accept burdens men normally assume with a
determination to complete them or die trying. Joel Val
Valin is a gifted storyteller who will appeal to fans of
Patricia Briggs and Candace Sans.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 12, 2002