In the land of Kodu Riik, it is an honor to be selected by the Lady to become an ahalad-kaaslane - to have your soul bonded with one of Her blessed animals, and roam the land serving Her will. But Riesil refuses to bow to fate - a decision that may have repercussions across the realm....
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If you are looking for a light hearted book that you can just sit back and enjoy, than this is your book!
It follows closely the mold of reluctant hero, who finally accepts destiny, and then comes to be the most powerful (like god-status) and vanquishes evil. I think their were some really nice deviations, like her romantic independence, and the capability of other female characters besides just the main character. That being said, it's still sweetly simple, and doesn't require a lot of thought. I won't be reading the sequels, but this book is complete enough to be a stand alone.
Let me start by saying that I love this book and the entire series. The reason I gave it only 4 stars is because out of the trilogy, this book is the slowest. That said, the character development is believable and complex enough to be interesting. Reisil begins as a somewhat whiney character, but evolves throughout the course of the book. For animal lovers, this is an awesome fantasy book that have animals play a main role (but not in a cliche'd way). Overall: Highly recommend this book and the entire series.
I just loved this novel when I found it a few years ago in my local store. The narrator does a wonderful job of bringing the pages to life.
"Great fantasy listen!"
Really enjoyed this book and can't wait to hear books 2 & 3. Recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical fantasy novels.
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