by Nancy Holland
In a land of perpetual war and wandering, warrior Thalgor not only leads his people in battle, but keeps the hope alive that somebody his displaced tribe can rebuild the kingdom that was lost to the treachery between witches and men. When he captures a beautiful witch, he knows he cannot trust her. But to succeed in his quest to find a new home and prevail over his enemies, he also knows he needs her.
Erwyn might be a slave and feared for her powers and precognition, but she doesn’t cower when confronted by the feared warrior. Nor does she act as expected. Thalgor’s kindness confuses her. His flashes of humor confound her. And the reaction he ignites in her body creates a longing that she cannot deny.
Neither anticipated falling in love. The stakes are high, but when Thalgor is mortally wounded, Erwyn realizes she must accept help from an unlikely source to save him.
War was brewing in full force in the Sea Mountains and Erwyn, the despised yet powerful witch and renowned healer, was escaping the battle and slavery with a child named Felyn. Soon they were captured by Thalgor and his men, and Erwyn must do everything to keep the little girl safe and protected. Thalgor was wicked and ruthless and inconsiderate, especially to Erwyn’s kind – witches. But he couldn’t just let her go or dispatch the witch, because she’s got powers that were of great importance to the clan.
At first, I was really confused on how Erwyn would ever fall for the evil and uncouth Thalgor. I was having a hard time deciding whether to like him or despise him for what he was doing to the witches. As the story progressed, I could feel the winds shifting and I began to understand Thalgor’s role as a leader of the hunting party and as a chief responsible for the welfare of his tribe. When their increased attraction started unwavering, that’s the moment I began to relax and enjoy the journey ahead.
But in the end, there were still a lot of questions unanswered even if the major characters seemed to find their happily ever after. I am still at a loss about Felyn’s curse and identity. Who was she? and who was the Witch King? Plus the majority of the timeline lacked world building and the pacing was quite slow.
I did like however, the unhurried romance between Thalgor and Erwyn. I very much liked that this wasn’t another case of insta-love. Although the process of slowly kindling those emotions almost had me clenching my hair out of frustration. Good thing, I persevered and let nature run its course. Nevertheless, I am still hoping for a possible sequel to this story so every question running on my mind could be answered. The writing was definitely great and I can see myself looking forward to more Fantasy books by Miss Holland.
I got this book from the publisher through Netgalley for free, however, my review and thoughts are all my own.