Sarn is indentured to Lord Joranth, the Lord of the Mountain, who had found him half dead in a snow bank 6 years ago and had taken him back to the mountain. Sarn’s indenture is paying for his brother, Mirren’s education, so that he can rise up to find a better life. Mirren looks after Sarn’s son, Ran, every night, while Sarn works for the Rangers.
But Sarn is different to other citizens and must take care to hide this fact. If found out it could cost him his life. Sarn carries a green magic within himself and must keep his eyes closed to avoid the magic shining from them being detected. Thankfully his magic provides a map in his head that helps him avoid people and other objects – a bit like a heads-up display.
The Queen of All Trees wants Sarn and he feels her call so strongly, but the promises that bind him from his indenture, bind him tightly, and he cannot disobey them.
Then the Ranger’s take Sarn to investigate a disturbance and he is kidnapped and taken to where something vile had happened. From there Sarn struggles to work out what has happened and how things can be put right.
Before he can resolve things, he is found and taken back to the Mountain and then violently kidnapped again. His life is continually in danger and it seems that Sarn is the only one who fathoms that there is a situation that needs to be put right and indeed he is the only one who is likely to be able to do just that.
And of course besides all that, he has to see to the safety of his brother and his son.
This is a children’s or young adults book I think, rather than an adult one. The language is appropriate for these groups, so I don’t have any issues with suggesting it for them.
I liked that the story was not solely focused on the viewpoint of one character. There were times when Ran (Sarn’s son) or Jerlo (the Ranger’s Commander) or others were the focal point and this added depth and completeness to the telling.
At times, I found the writing style a little too simplistic, which is why I have suggested that it is mainly aimed at children or young adults.
It is a good book with a good story. Well written and enjoyable to read. Recommended to readers of the genre.
“Beads clicked together on the bracelet Nolo always wore, as they descended the mountain trail. Ten agates, three Jaspers—supplied the magic before Sarn cut it off. His magic liked rocks, even if they were part of someone else’s jewelry.”
3/5 Stars (What this means…five-stars-applied-carefully)
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Start No Fires. Carry No Weapons. Do No Harm.
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