An exceptional high fantasy novel that focuses on 37-year-old Jenny, a minor mage living in the Winterlands, a desolate area that was once part of a larger kingdom. When Gareth arrives in the Winterlands seeking a dragonsbane, someone who has once slain a dragon, to save his kingdom, Jenny is pulled into a world she never imagined. A remarkable story about the road not taken, the sacrifices we make for those we love, and how true heroism bears no resemblance to the glory some seek. I realized some way in that I read this novel years ago, but it is only now, now that I am older than Jenny herself, that I see Hambly’s deeper themes, and feel Jenny’s fundamental work/home conflict. A remarkable story, for 16 and up.
I was glad to find this, as I loved Hambly’s A Free Man of Color series (and highly recommend it – a mystery series crossed with historical fiction). Enjoy!