Gaia and Tal live in a land atop a high cliff, once known for gold, now they raise goats and sell weaving. They are forbidden to leave their home, but when slaves take their mother, Gaia and Tal travel to the lowlands of Assally to find her.
This is one of those wonderful books which keeps pushing out new shoots and taking us in new directions. Lords and street urchins, ancient treachery and present bravery mix to tell a story which will have you wanting more. Fortunately there is a second book to follow. Even more of note is that Tracy knows how to write a fitting conclusion while still leaving us thirsting for more.
The characters are well drawn both of villain and hero, and the plot doesn’t pull any punches. This is a well crafted tale which I would encourage any fantasy lover to read.