Ashael is a hunter-gatherer woman, apprenticed to Bhearra, the healer and spiritual leader of their tribe. The Zanthar are invaders from another world who extend their own lives by stealing the life-force of everything around them. They were last seen on KalaDene 200 years ago. They have returned, looking for The Vessel, a being prophesied to hold the life-force of the land. Iwan is a slave to the Zanthar, descendant of those taken as slaves the last time the Zanthar visited this world. He is sent out as a spy, while his mother is held hostage to ensure his compliance. When Ashael meets Iwan in the forest, neither realize that she is the one the Zanthar are looking for. The fate of KalaDene and all of its people rests on her shoulders.
Oh my, I wasn’t looking forward to reading this book cause I was not in a “fantasy” mood. I am so glad I did though. It is simply amazing! For this book to be Shona Kinsella debut book, I can not wait to see what she comes out with next. I can not wait for book two to come out to see what Ashael & Iwan do & how they handle the Zanthar. The book kept me completely enthralled and I had such a hard time putting it down to go to sleep at night.
I highly recommend you read this book. I give it five stars and for me that is a huge deal, I never give books five stars unless I think that they are re-read quality. This book is one of those. I love fantasy and I would put this author up with some of the best fantasy writers to this day.
I received this book from Net Galley for this review.