In a land on the brink of peace—watched jealously by a ruthless cult from across the sea and beset by hidden enemies—five extraordinary humans must serve as sword and shield of the Gods.
Auraya is one.
Her heroism saved a village from destruction; now Auraya has been named Priestess of the White. The limits of her unique talents must be tested in order to prove her worthy of the honor and grave responsibility awarded to her. But a perilous road lies ahead, fraught with pitfalls that will challenge the newest servant of the gods. An enduring friendship with a Dreamweaver—a member of an ancient outcast sect of sorcerer-healers—could destroy Auraya’s future. And her destiny has set her in conflict with a powerful and mysterious, black-clad sorcerer with but a single purpose: the total annihilation of the White. And he is not alone . . . -Goodreads
My Rating: 5/5
This novel is where my love of reading big fantasy books began when I was 11 or 12 years old. I was on holiday on the Isle of Mull and the only thing close to us that was at all interesting (to a kid of that age) was a book shop in Tobermory. I picked this wonderful fantasy novel up there and I’ve re-read it more than any other book I own. I quickly finished the trilogy within a week.
Despite having read this book so young, I’d suggest reading it yourself before giving it to a child as it is an adult fantasy book with scenes that you might not be comfortable with your child reading!
Auraya is a brilliant character. She’s deeply religious and struggles to fit in with others of the Gods’ chosen five. She quickly dives into the political issues of the world in securing alliances and preparing for possible war. We see her grow so much in this book, from a child in the prologue to a fierce, passionate adult.
There are several other POV character in this book who all add a little more to the world that Canavan has created. There are many secrets and hidden mysteries yet to be uncovered and it’s exciting to follow as the characters work them out or reveal them to us when they are ready.
This is a great first book of the trilogy. Many negative reviews talk about Canavan’s writing style. I found it accessible and to the point. There is nothing flowery to it, but it’s solid and I soon found myself lost in the story and the world.
Canavan’s work doesn’t get enough praise or attention. I hope more people will pick up these books in the future so they get the attention they deserve.