Firethorn is Sara Micklem’s first novel (unless I misremember) and it is an impressive debut. Despite my reservations about romance-genre-tracking of authors, this book has impressive character development, lots of depth in world-building, and large-scale conflicts.
I was pleased that the details in this book were surprising even though I had read the second book already. Unlike the disposable series (Eddings, anyone?) this writer uses far more than plot tricks to keep things interesting.
Luck, or Firethorn, is a young woman in a feudal society who almost drifts into the life of a camp follower. It’s not a lust-fest – there are gods, curses, and heavy-duty warfare looming.
An author to watch.