*I received an e-arc of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Sable hated the gods. She hated what men did in their name.
Magic is forbidden throughout the Five Provinces; those born with it are hunted and killed. Sable doesn’t know her music holds power over souls—not until, at age nine, she plays her flute before the desert court and accidentally stops her baby sister’s heart, killing her. Horrified by what she’s done and fearing for her life, she flees north, out of Provincial jurisdiction and into the frigid land of exiles and thieves, known as The Wilds. There, Sable lives in hiding, burdened by guilt, and survives as a healer. But now, ten years later, someone—or something—is hunting her.
On the run again, Sable’s best chance for survival is Jos, a lethal man from the Five Provinces, who claims to need her skills as a healer to save his dying father, and she needs the large sum of money he’s offered. There’s something about him Sable doesn’t trust, but she doesn’t have many options. A spirit of the dead is hunting her, summoned by a mysterious necromancer, and it’s getting closer.
Sable soon discovers she’s just the start of the necromancer’s plan to take over the Five Provinces, and she’s the only one with the power to stop it. But harnessing her forbidden power means revealing it to the world, and the dangerous Provincial, Jos, she’s beginning to fall for.
I’m not sure where to start with this book, I mean music is magic, necromancers, wraith like creatures, not things you’d find in every fantasy book.
The writing was so amazing, the descriptions of everything was easy to picutre in my mind, the images Sable saw when she played her flute was stunning, I wish I could have been there with Sable as her mind flew over the desert.
The characters aren’t perfect, they all have flaws and I think makes them more real, more relateable, more likeable, more despised.
While following along with Sable and Jor, the tension between the two at times was just so ‘ARGH!!” like and other times it’s a wonder they didn’t kill each other. Even after the truth is revealed about each other, they still seemed able to forgive.
Finding out the history of the Necromancer and why the magic is forbidden was a really interesting part of the book also. I will say I was shocked to find out who the necromancer was. I didn’t see that coming at all.
I have one small issue with the arc that I read, there was no map. I’m really hoping there will be a map in the final copy since I think it would be really interesting to get a better idea of the lay out of the land and to see where exactly Sable and Jor went.
About the Author:
Barbara studied biochemistry at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and worked for years as a clinical laboratory scientist. She was lured there by mental images of colorful bubbling liquids in glass beakers. She was deceived.
She currently lives in Northern California with the man of her dreams and their two boys, whom she fully intends to turn into little adventurers. Author of Gaia’s Secret, The Keeper’s Flame, Breath of Dragons, and Heir of Pendel.
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