"Epic fantasy saga"
Her ancestors the Sh'ari were once highly welcomed in peace
by the Allemani for their healing skills, but eventually
fell out of grace and slaughtered by the same people they
helped. Brierly Mefell has lived in a cave to remain safe
in a world that would kill her if anyone learned she is the
last of the Sh'ari. Following her saving the wife of the
Earl of Melfallen, whose position includes a vow to destroy
the Sh'ari witches, Brierly is exposed.
Forced out of her cave, at the palace Brierly meets Megan,
another descendent of the Sh'ari. Now she has a goal to
find the scattered remnants of her people. To accomplish
her quest, Sh'ari depends on her new benefactor the Earl to
somehow end the witch-hunts. Though she saved his wife's
life, she wonders if she can trust a noble whose job
includes the killing of the Sh'ari for she fears she could
be leading those she finds into death.
Though somewhat typical of the sub-genre, THE SEA LARK'S
SONG, the sequel to MOTHER OCEAN, DAUGHTER SEA, is an
exciting female fantasy tale that grips the reader from
start to finish because the heroine is an extraordinary
individual who both genders will admire. The story line
never slows down as the audience tastes the dilemma that
frightens Brierly, but does not deter her from ending the
genocide and restoring her people to the place of honor
they once held. New readers will appreciate this novel
that can stand alone, but would gain much more by first
reading Diana Marcellas' debut book.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 10, 2002