The cover caught my eye on this book, and the book is pretty much what you’d expect from the cover: a band of diverse characters led by a strong warrior woman on a mission that requires their combined skills to complete. Along the way, various obstacles arise and must be overcome—the usual journey-style plot. However, even though set in the usual old-style fantasy world, it is a unique take on the classic tale, and it combines well-drawn, complex characters with interesting developments in both their characters and relationships. For some this might be at the cost of pacing, but I find it adds a depth that is sometimes lacking in faster-paced stories.
There’s romance, action, a touch of humour and noble characters with altruistic motivations. This is a combination I always find appealing, and here the elements are skilfully combined into an engaging, well-executed story.
The book was free when I got it and the sequels may well be worth reading as well. I didn’t feel a burning urge to read on however, but had I more disposable income I would have.