A sumptuous love story set in a world as real as history and as marvellous as legend. A foundling child, Luck - named for the colour of her god-favoured copper hair, is fortunate to be taken in by one of the Blood. She remembers little of her past, her parents a vague and teasing memory, but service in the Dame's household is better than that of ...
A sumptuous love story set in a world as real as history and as marvellous as legend. A foundling child, Luck - named for the colour of her god-favoured copper hair, is fortunate to be taken in by one of the Blood. She remembers little of her past, her parents a vague and teasing memory, but service in the Dame's household is better than that of most mud folk. She is beaten rarely and is fed well, and, under the Dame's watchful eye, Luck is even permitted to learn herb lore. But her comfortable world is turned upside when the old Dame dies, and her nephew arrives to claim his inheritance. Choosing to remain with her friends rather than claim her freedom and strike out alone, Luck's life is calm until her new exotic looks attract the attentions of her new master!
This book is AMAZING!!! It was a bit slow at first, but once you get past the first few chapters, it reads like a Tolkien book--with so much vivid details one feels like this could actually happen in an alternate universe. I couldn't put it down and I wished there was no end to the story. It was a bit disappointing that it ended before the men left on ships for the war, but I can smell a sequel! There is one downfall; if you're uncomfortable with reading about sex--and there is A LOT of sex in this book--you might not want to read it.
Publishers Weekly, 2004-04-05 Micklem's majestic and powerful debut, the first volume of a fantasy trilogy, introduces a compelling heroine with a strong, original voice. A sweeping adventure saga as mystical as it is raw, the novel is also a biting commentary on violence and its effect on relationships defined by a caste system. Luck, a lowborn mudfolk orphan, changes her name to Firethorn in honor of the hallucinogenic berries she ingests in the Kingswood after a life-altering rape by a Blood, the highborn warrior she's worked for as a drudge. Now "god-bothered," she discovers that her already uncanny gifts, such as seeing in the dark, have intensified, as has her desire to escape. During UpsideDown Days, the season when "Low is high and high is low, and people seize chances they've been waiting for all year," the flame-haired Firethorn couples with another Blood, Sire Galan, and impulsively accepts his offer to serve as his sheath and bedmate. Later, her fortitude will be severely tested in the often brutally sexist world of the warrior. Enriched but not defined by the influences of many cultures (Celtic, Norse, Egyptian, etc.) and authors as diverse as Marion Zimmer Bradley, Ursula K. Le Guin, Mary Renault, Jean Auel, Margaret Atwood and, yes, even Tolkein, this hypnotic tale of passion and survival will resonate with sophisticated readers of both sexes. Agent, Merilee Heifetz (June 8) Forecast: Orson Scott Card supplies a blurb that will help lure his fans. The author being married to poet and playwright Cornelius Eady can't hurt either. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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