ROBIN D. OWENS
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
Rating: 4 Cups
Lahsin was sold in marriage to an old and brutal man when she was fourteen. Now seventeen and ready to go through her Second Passage, she is declaring her independence and running away.
Tinne is the second son of a powerful family. He helps his G’Uncle run the family fighting school. He and his wife have just divorced, causing a huge scandal and great heartache.
When Lahsin runs away from a brutal marriage to BalmHeal House, she only hopes to find shelter and a place to ride out her Second Passage. She does not expect to find a devoted companion or meet her Heart Mate.
I have never read any of the books in this series before, but look forward to catching up. The author takes you to a world of her own invention, and unlike many authors of this genre, you will not be lost in strange customs, creatures, or languages. Everything makes sense immediately, leaving you to enjoy a really good and suspenseful love story. Lahsin and Tinne are both characters damaged by life, though Lahsin’s grievances are a little more serious, particularly when Tinne knew where and who she was all along. In spite of years of abuse, she manages to become a strong woman taking charge of her life in a particularly spectacular way. I loved the talking animals and houses, TQ is very funny, and the interaction between the cat, dog and humans was insightful and humorous at times. The other characters are vividly written, particularly those whose stories have been told before, and the descriptions of settings made me feel that I was there, particularly in BalmHeal House. This is an engrossing tale.
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