by Janet Lee Carey
A coming of age and love story rolled into one filled with dragons and fey and the politics and the dirty dealings that seem to happen when both need to rely on short-lived humans. There isn’t anything new to this story, and you know where it is ultimately going to go, but it really is a treat getting there.
The writing and descriptions are beautiful “The stars appeared like snowflakes caught and never falling, held my God’s hand, I supposed, or suspended by his breath.” (pg 174)
Triss is a strong character who really takes responsibility for her actions, even though she literally ran away one too many times when she heard crazy news, she is quite enjoyable to follow first person. The characters are well-fleshed and you understand (or eventually understand) the actions and the reasoning behind them.
There are some rough story lines. Triss is accused of witchcraft and nearly killed through the water test, there is torture and a girl is almost burned at the stake. It is a rough life, where Triss and her mother are beaten by her father and Triss is nervous around men because of it. No scenes in the moment (of being beaten by her dad), but plenty of reflection. We are in Triss’ head a lot, with her suppositions and thoughts because she is pretty closed-mouthed about many things, and for good reason. She is a pawn, but will she allow herself to be treated as one is the question.
It was enjoyable and I liked it, but it doesn’t emotionally grab me like some other books. Because of that I would say it is a titch under 4 stars because it was “fun” and nearly “really fun” so 3.5+ stars flickering around the dragon bone campfire.