Korinna is the illegitimate daughter of the Duke of Kyratia and his only surviving heir. He had planned to make his warlord, Galenos, his successor provided that he married Korinna, but he died before he could make that legal. The city council has taken advantage of that and decided to eliminate the position of duke and make the city a republic. Korinna now has few options and she decides to join Galenos’s mercenary company and, if she is lucky, tame a wild marewing.
This is an exciting and engaging story with plenty of adventure. I really liked both Korinna and Galenos and watching them try to reclaim their kingdom was fascinating. The political intrigues are rampant and the council makes such radical changes that it leaves Kyratia open to invasion by their neighbors.
The story line is complex, with lots of twists and turns. However, the point of view shifts with every chapter, and while this does allow the reader to learn about events that occur in a variety of locations, it also kept me from really bonding with any of the characters. Many of the chapters are told from either Korinna’s or Galenos’s point of view, but there are also a lot of chapters from the point of view of others, such as Varranor, Galenos’s brother, Eutychon, a councilor, Herokha, a council spy, Pelagia, the council leader, and so forth. I found the continual switching of the point of view made it easy to put the book down after each chapter. I liked the story and it was exciting, but when I saw that the next chapter had moved to someone else, I would pick that as an easy stopping spot.
Korinna is a very engaging heroine and I really enjoyed getting to know her. It is never easy to have one’s life turned upside-down and she has a number of very difficult challenges, but her drive and determination keep her going during even the worst times.
Fantasy readers will certainly enjoy getting to know Korinna as she learns the joys and challenges of bonding with a marewing.
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