In the oppressive city of Drinn, a trio of magical strangers offers a servant girl the chance of a new life.
Drinn is not a safe place to be a witch. Ranira knows that better than most, for when she was just a child, the temple guards burned her parents at the stake for practicing magic. Now an indentured servant for a brutal innkeeper, she lives every day with the shame of her parents' alleged crime. There is no worse time to visit Drinn than during the Midwinter Festival, when the city gates are sealed so that no outsider can witness the temple's secret rituals. And at Ranira's inn, three guests have overstayed their welcome.
Attempting to protect Ranira from her master's cruelty, the three reveal their magical powers and attract the attention of the temple guards. Now, to save her new friends from certain death, Ranira must unleash the power that cost her parents their lives.
©1983 Patricia C. Wrede (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
"No doubt the charm, humor, and intelligence of Wrede's writing will continue to enthrall." (Publishers Weekly)
"High-style fantasy and adventure." (The New York Times)
I thought it was a new book by Wrede, but it is not. I made sure to check the date of publication before buying. But it was a book I have read before. I thought it was new.
I loved the book the first time I read it. I am unhappy with the purchase because it is a book I read (with my eyes and not my ears) before.
I really, really enjoyed Wrede's western series so thought I would try her other books. The first book in the Lyra series was okay, although no where near as good as her more recent works. However, I found this second installment rather dull. The characters were likable enough, but lacked depth. The plot was predictable and slightly repetitive. It passed the time but lacked anything to make it special.
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