A clumsy step, the wrong branch to hold on to and a bump on the head to leave her unconscious - no more than that causes Eryn's life to turn upside down and to suddenly find herself in the capital city as a prisoner to the king. She is determined to keep her magical abilities a secret in a kingdom where magicians have only ever been male as long as anyone knows.
That doesn't work out that well, though. The Order, the governing body for magicians, and the king seem to have their own plans with her, none of them caring in the least that she just wants to leave that blasted city behind and return to the peace and quiet of her profession as a healer.
And then there is Enric, a high ranking magician in the Order thanks to his considerable strength, who seems to find watching her struggles an amusing diversion.
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This was a very enjoyable read. The author has crafted interesting characters and an intriguing society with magic, intrigue, deception, good and evil. She has done a good job of giving characters hidden depth/dimensions that come out over time. I look forward to future books. [SPOILERS] The main character, Eryn, was a village healer trying to keep a low profile and help others after her rash actions inadvertently led to the death of her father. Due to an unfortunate accident, the villagers learned she was a foreigner, in a land that had seen no foreigners in centuries, raising concern that she was a spy. They also learned she was a magician, in a land where there had been no female magician in centuries. Eryn is taken to the capitol and turned over to the king and the Order, the society of magicians who defend the kingdom. She is forced to participate in combat training, the focus of the Order, which is abhorrent to her as a healer. Over time she learns more about her abilities, learns new abilities, makes some friends and some enemies, and finds herself becoming more entangled with the Order, especially Lord Enric, the second in command. It appears this book is intended to be the first in a series and the author has done a good job of introducing characters and situations that foreshadow what is likely to come in the second book, while still leaving plenty of mystery about who Eryn was in her homeland and what made her father decide to flee their homeland and hide in a foreign land. A warning, this is a very long book and at times a reader might wish the plot moved along a little faster, but stick with the story, it is worth it.
Don't let the cover deter you, this book is an excellent read. Great for readers fantasy and romance. Eryn is a mage and a healer who must adapt to being the only one of her kind in a foreign land. Her relationship with Enric, a fellow mage, was very well developed. I hate it when two characters meet and the next chapter they are soul mates. This book definitely isn't like that and the witty banter between the couple is worth the read alone. Really a charming story and very lengthy (in a good way).
The Order by A.C. Donaubauer Genre: Sci-fi and Fantasy, I really wasn’t sure I’d like this book – it sounded good but would I find it’s one of those full of battles and gore that I hate? Well, it isn’t, and I loved it. At over 900 pages its a solid read, but it’s all relevant. Nothing that feels added to pad out the content, and slowly the story starts to build up and grow.the pacing is perfect, and I really felt I knew the characters as the book continued. I loved the way Eryn’s abilities grew slowly, no sudden mystical, magical powers but magic that she either works out herself, learns from others, or where she watches and experiments building upon what’s already known. I hate those reads where people just suddenly gain – out of the blue – a slew of powerful abilities, it just feels like the reader is being cheated, but here everything develops at a believable rate, thoroughly explained and its easy to see how Eryn reaches the conclusions and developments that she does. I love that’s she’s a strong and moral character, it would be easy for her to just give way to The Order but she stand firm in her beliefs, even at personal cost. I loved Vern too – he’s a great addition and provides someone for her to have fun with, relax, and I’m sure he’ll be a strong focus in further books. Then there’s his father, Orrin, and he’s another strong person, but always fair, and he’s a huge support to Eryn after their initial skirmishes. Enric, second in command, and only a few years older than Eryn. He’s attracted to her and the more they are together the stronger that grows for him, but he’s hampered by their first meetings where he had to use force to subdue her and now she hates him, really resents him and what he stands for. Its going to take lot to change that but he’s a planner, a patient man. The whole story flows really well, is full of interesting characters and plots and was one that despite my reservations I really enjoyed. Would I read it again? Well, not for a long while but I certainly want to read more from the series,and will be looking for further books. The length, over 900 pages, is fantastic and for quick readers like myself that's perfect, lets us get lost in another world for hours. When some authors are turning out “books” from as little as 50 pages its a real treat to get one of this length, and so fairly priced. I’ve just seen one thats less than 100 pages for almost the same cost. 100 or 900....I know which I'd go for ;- ) Stars:Five, a fabulous, engrossing read and I’ll look forward to more. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers. If you enjoyed my review I'd love it if you would please click “Like” and if you didn't I'd love to know why, in case I've inadvertently added a spoiler and need to edit.