Firethorn – Sarah Micklem

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.

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