Running away leads right back home—or does it?
Sarvet walks with a grinding limp, and her mountain culture keeps girls close to home. Worse, her mother emphasizes all the things Sarvet can't do. No matter how gutsy her spirit or bold her defiance, staying put means growing weaker. Yet only boys get wanderyars. Lacking their supplies and training, how can Sarvet escape?
Can dreams—even big dreams—and inner certainty transform impossible barricades into a way out?
Kaunis Clan Saga
The Hammarleeding people dwell in the high mountain valleys of J.M. Ney-Grimm's North-lands. They wield a tribal magic born of dance and song and the flow of sacred waters.
Ritual and tradition hold a special place in Hammarleeding culture. Their rites are beautiful and uplifting, but they underpin a way of life that features many thou-shalt-nots.
In each story of the Kaunis Clan Saga, one woman—or one man—challenges the shibboleths that threaten her—or his—particular bright dream.
Sarvet's Wanderyar (1)
Crossing the Naiad (2)
Livli's Gift (3)
Winter Glory (4)
Each installment presents a unique protagonist from a fresh generation of the family. The stories stand alone and need not be read in order.
Praise for Sarvet's Wanderyar
"...it's an entrancing story with a character you care about, and desperately want to succeed... On a side note, one of my favourite things about Ney-Grimm's work is her treatment of fantastical creatures...the pegasi seem ethereal...creatures of light and gauze that are somehow the most real things in the world." — James J. Parsons, Speaking to the Eyes review
"J.M. Ney-Grimm has woven a beautiful, multi-layered tapestry... All the characters, human and otherwise, in her world are well-rounded and believable." — Barbara Karp, Readers' Favorite review
Excerpt from Sarvet's Wanderyar
Tense and furious, Sarvet shook her mother's angry grip from her forearm. "I'll petition the lodge-meet for filial severance," she snapped, and then wished she'd swallowed the words, so hateful, too hateful to speak. And yet she'd spoken them.
The breeze swirling on the mountain slope picked up, nudging the springy branches of the three great pines at Sarvet's back and purring among their needles. Their scent infused the moving air.
Paiam's narrowed eyes widened an instant—in hurt?—flicked up to encompass the swaying tree tops behind her daughter, then went flat.
"You dare!" she breathed. "You're my daughter. Mine alone. And I'll see to it that you and every other mother in the lodge knows it too. You'll stay under my aegis till you're grown, young sister, even if I must declare you careless and remiss to do it!"
Sarvet only thought she'd been mad before. "You never wanted me!" she accused.
Was it true? Or was she just aiming for Paiam's greatest vulnerability, aiming to hurt? Because under her own rage lay . . . desperation. Something needed to change. She just didn't know what, didn't know how. And didn't want to be facing it right now, facing her mother right now.
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About the Author
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J.M. Ney-Grimm maintains a blog featuring flash fiction from her North-lands and other tidbits unearthed by her ever-active curiosity.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Barbara Karp for Readers' Favorite As J.M. Ney-Grimm’s tale begins, Sarvet is filled with joyous anticipation. The fifteen-year-old knows that the day about to dawn is no ordinary one. For it is Other-joy and, rather than the drudgery of regular chores, there is celebration. However, several things threaten to lessen the joy of the fete-day. For one thing, Sarvet is not like the sisters with whom she shares the mother-lodge. A birth injury has left her with a limp, but what troubles the teen is that her mother won’t let up on her obsessive over-protectiveness. What is more, Sarvet does not see the person who would make her joy complete. Nial left on his wanderyar before last Other-joy, so why isn’t he among the young men returning? While she looks, the teen ponders the unfairness of it all: why can’t girls have a wanderyar, meet people from different places and with different ways of life, and grow from the experience? Even when Sarvet finally sees Nial and hears of his adventures, the joy of their meeting is short-lived. Her mother spots the young people, and only the lodge-mother can calm the older woman’s anger. Reeling from the confrontation, Sarvet comes to a decision: she will embark on her own wanderyar. With Nial’s help, the young woman departs, but a tumble down a snowy slope leaves her in agony. The only way Sarvet can move is by creeping up the mountainside. When she reaches the top, the exhausted girl is approached by three magnificent beings who grant Sarvet her dearest wish: to be healed. J.M. Ney-Grimm has woven a beautiful, multi-layered tapestry in this first story in the Hammarleeding series. The richness of detail belies the size of this slim volume, and Ney-Grimm’s formal writing style adds a touch of authenticity to the story. While the brief treatment of three years in the protagonist’s life might appear to be a drawback (and there are some readers who would appreciate more detail), it is not the particulars that are important but what they mean for the future. Sarvet is a strong, determined young woman who does not define herself by her disability, but by what she knows she can do and be. Even our heroine’s biggest adversary is portrayed with sensitivity as the reader learns the real (if unwarranted) reasons for her attitude. All the characters, human and otherwise, in her world are well-rounded and believable. Sarvet’s ultimate triumph over the limits of her body and moments of self-doubt will have readers applauding. Sarvet's Wanderyar is a marvelous beginning to a promising fantasy series.