Roan wakes at the bottom of a mine shaft, badly bruised but lucky to be alive. He doesn’t remember how he got here, but as he’d just witnessed a suspicious death, he’s afraid someone is trying to cover their tracks. The only problem is, he can’t imagine who would have wanted to kill the young lady Arleigh.
It’s all very well written, with an intricately crafted world that feels very much alive and will leave you itching for more. I just felt it stumbled towards the end a little, and that the climax could have been made a little more tense by witholding key information until the very last minute.
If you’re looking for a quick dip in a well crafted fantasy world then this is a great place to start. The plot is well resolved by the end, but with the feeling that it could go on to greater (by which I mean a full lenght stoty!) things. I’d love to read more of these characters and I look forward to the next Twelve Baronies story.