|Submitted by A stray black cat |
(Oct 30, 2005)
Modesitt has made a brilliant novel here. I was, of course, confused with the first 5 chapters on what happened to the other characters, but got the hang of it later on.
Modesitt mainly just started off this series with the Present, then the past history, and now this book that is even farther back in time (to the very founding of Recluce). After this book, though, the main characters in the first book will reappear and you will back among the present.
Anyway, this novel teaches a great lesson for both men and women. The novel is about two young children (actually they're somewhere in the 20's maybe) that are forced together by both family and magic. With the girl's soul burned into the boy's, she must constantly save him to preserve her own life, so naturally, she comes to despise his weakness and ignorance. He, however, finds himself lusting after her in more ways than one, and causes the girl to have a terrible fury at him by doing so.
This book teaches how to respect a girl, to restrain from pushing a woman too hard into doing what you want, (even if you don't have any other choice but that option)and what a hot-headed girl feels if you do.
With a dash of love, deception, and conquest, and a lot of magic, this makes a great novel, expecially after you understand how Modesitt put together this series.
5/5 - Brilliant book