Pub Date: April 28, 2015
The witch mark on Nin’s hand is a curse. She has no magic powers, whatever the lore says. But the village believes. The old crone’s wisdom is to see her banished. Ragged and hungry, she must serve the Mage. Alone in his tower, she is his chattel. But Mage Thabit is not what Nin expected—the bright green eyes and supple form under his cloak are not the stuff of nightmares, and kindness hides in his brusque heart. Thabit senses that Nin is more than she seems, too. When true nightmares haunt the land, it is precisely her elusive powers that might deliver them…
This was a slow-paced fantasy in a world of magic and, sometimes, cruelty. It reminded me very much of Master of Crows by Grace Draven. Not that the stories were alike, but more that the story pace and world building seemed similar.
So this tale meandered along a love story between Nin, our heroine bearing a witch mark, and Thabit, a powerful mage. Together, the couple was forced to battle an evil entity that was bringing sickness to the land. Though there was a battle, the story was not ever fast-moving or action-packed. The budding love between the naive Nin and the reluctant mage was much more interesting, and I was happy to see them get a HEA. Although I was a bit thrown off by the cover... our heroine is supposed to have blonde curly hair. Otherwise, this was an okay read for me, but the slow pace left me wanting.
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