A young woman, who is overcome with visions of murder, is determined to save her village from ruthless raiders. To do so, she strikes a bargain with the Hob, a magical, humanlike creature who is the last of his kind--and he will exact a heavy price to defend the village. Reissue.A young woman, who is overcome with visions of murder, is determined to save her village from ruthless raiders. To do so, she strikes a bargain with the Hob, a magical, humanlike creature who is the last of his kind--and he will exact a heavy price to defend the village. Reissue.Read Less
If you are expecting the casual sex and lust filled desire such as is in the Mercy series look elsewhere....instead this story is in many ways better flavored with drama and romance than the Mercy books.
Aran like Mercy is tough, and can roll with the punchs. Where Mercy is a street wise fighter, Aran is more of a frontierswoman capable of far more than Mercy ever dreamed of because more is depending upon Aran than those who depend upon Mercy. Aran will take no prisioners she is far more self-sufficent than Mercy.
Patrica paints vivid mountian scenery that the reader can become wrapped up in...she knows draft horses and trail riding, Duck was right on target...no writing pretense horsemanship what so ever!
To me the book begs to become a series that I am just waiting to slap down some cold hard cash for!
Take a look at her plot development...In it she has insane / evil blood mages with mind control powers who are capable of welding unimaginable powers and elemental spirits who demand human recognition. The magic these two groups weld could be capable of bringing mass destruction to Aran's community. Now flavor the mix with Aran being a Spirit talker ... it just keeps getting better...
Then there is the business of the Hob...is he really the last one or are there other more distant Hob clans out there? I wonder would he stay or would he go if he located his kind?
I feel the meat of another really good story is just waiting to be revealed!
Get buzy Patrica!
Aug 2, 2008
I like the book because it forces people to look past physical appearances and differences.
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