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FROM THE NATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF JEWELED FIRE
In the latest novel in Sharon Shinn’s Elemental Blessings series, a woman is confronted with the past she left behind—and an uncertain future...
Leah Frothen has returned home to rebuild the life she’s avoided for years. But she can scarcely catch her breath before she is summoned to meet with the regent, Darien Serlast, the man who made her a spy. Leah is reluctant to take on a new assignment, but Darien has dangled the perfect lure to draw her in...
Leah finds she enjoys the challenges of opening a shop catering to foreign visitors, especially since it affords her the opportunity to get to know Mally, the child she abandoned five years ago. Leah is simultaneously thrilled, terrified, hopeful, moved, and almost undone as she slowly attempts to become part of her daughter’s life.
But when the regent asks her to spy on ambassadors from a visiting nation, she develops a dangerous friendship with a foreign woman and finds herself falling in love with a man from her past. Soon Leah learns that everyone—her regent, her lover, and even her daughter—have secrets that could save the nation, but might very well break her heart.
About the Author
Sharon Shinn is the national bestselling author of the Elemental Blessings novels (Jeweled Fire, Royal Airs, and Troubled Waters), as well as the Shifting Circle novels (The Turning Season, Still Life with Shape-Shifter, and The Shape of Desire). Her first novel, The Shape-Changer’s Wife, was a nominee for Locus’s Best First Fantasy Novel of 1995. She has won the William L. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer, and was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. She has also received an RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award and won the 2010 RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have enjoyed this series immensely. I recommend it to anyone who asks! I found I related to this story with Mally on a level I wasn't expecting. Please read all of this fantastic series! You won't regret it.
Love, love, love, Sharon Shinn Novels! She will touch your heart.
I hope this isn't the last book. Shinn writes such wonderful character's, they feel like friends.
Oh! What a great addition to the series. I love Malley! This could very well be the final book, but, I sure hope it isn't.
Ok, I've read this whole series, and as much as I've enjoyed the worldbuilding of Welce, I'm a little let down by the rest of the, well, world. Are there any other sane countries in this one? It seems that every nation we've had contact with--except possibly Cozique--has some great fatal flaw. Soeche-Tas is a nation of pedophiles, Berringay systematically breeds and slaughters potential monarchs and heirs, another country--Alette's, I forget the name--is brutally misogynistic, Malinqua is full of bigots and poisoners. Now we're introduced to a country that follows an intriguing philosophy: that good and bad exist in every person, and that redemption is as certain as wrongdoing. And what is the result? More cardboard antagonists. If there were any sort of serious effort to treat these countries and their cultures as real places, to give them something (besides the trade goods Leah gushes over) to recommend them instead of making them so plainly "not as good as Welce," this world would feel a lot more real. But this authorial favoritism has gotten to the point where I find myself wondering how the hell any of these countries function and why there aren't a huge influx of immigrants in Welce. Speaking of favoritism, it's becoming more and more apparent that the author has a special place in her heart for coru. There's nothing wrong with that, but it does rather leave the impression that, just as Welce is "just better" than any of its neighbors, coru is "just better" than any other element. Why? Well, it "just is." The book does present a relatable protagonist; like each of the viewpoint characters so far Leah does seem like a real person navigating real problems. But none of them have been as interesting as Zoe. I'm beginning to wonder if the author, being a coru sort of person herself, can't quite make her not-coru characters come alive. I was also not impressed with the way everything wrapped itself up tidily for Leah at the end; while I appreciate people acting reasonably about old and new relationships, and the fact that Leah struggles with motherhood, it doesn't seem as if this book held any real stakes for her. This entire series is just a little too. . .cozy. It's hard to believe that any character we actually care about will suffer anything permanent. I was especially not impressed when *spoiler* Leah did not kill the woman who both kidnapped and returned her daughter, even though she was pleading for death at the hands of a person she truly believed understood her on a spiritual level. Leah didn't have to soil her hands; she had Yori to do that for her. (Yori, btw, is by far the most interesting person in the book) When the reader feels sorrier for the blood-drinking, child-napping villain than any of the good guys, you're doing something wrong. And after Leah thinking that there was nothing she wouldn't do to protect her child, her passivity during the rescue arc seems like flawed plotting. She never had to confront the possibility of doing anything morally dubious, since Chandran was willing to sacrifice himself from the start. Perhaps I'm being too harsh, taking an entire series' worth of complaints out on this one book. I'd probably read a sequel, but I'd know just what to expect: another nation that lives by a heinous philosophy and has villainous monarchs, plenty of uptalking of the coru blessings, and no true tragedies or moral dilemmas to smear the protagonist's happiness or character.