While Binette awaits her father in the large trade village of Riversplit, she encounters an elder who confirms scant rumors being spread by merchants that a religious legion in the far west, known as the Jebedah, have been pressing villages into its ranks through sadistic means. Stirred by the perceived stature of the elder, and an unexplainable sense of burden, Binette leaves home and journeys west with the elder and his bodyguard, a spirited warrior who is as complex as she is fierce. By the time Binette fully understands how dangerous a threat the Jebedah pose to all of Mercia, and as she struggles to contemplate the savage destruction around her, she learns that her role in assuring the land's future will be far larger than she could have possibly imagined. The trust and admiration she has for the elder are tested by events, past and present, that reveal to Binette the tenuousness of the line that separates righteousness from corruption.
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Binette longs for adventure and savors the stories shared by the itinerate farmhand her father hired for the fall harvest. Little does she know that she’s about to embark on an adventure of her own more epic than any story she has yet heard. This is fantasy for non-fantasy readers; a book that starts with a concrete, “real-world” (if medieval) feeling setting that gradually leads readers deeper into the fantasy elements. Great character development and an interesting plot in a vividly-drawn world; the only reason I give it four stars instead of five is that I found it a little slow to start. By the end, I was hooked and wanting more. Can’t wait for the sequel!
A really enjoyable read. I love the characters and the way they perceive the world around them. The setting is great too, and I love the way he writes descriptions of nature. Can't wait for the second book. The Sorrow sounds like a really creative idea.