In a land of perpetual war and wandering, warrior Thalgor not only leads his people in battle, but keeps the hope alive that somebody his displaced tribe can rebuild the kingdom that was lost to the treachery between witches and men. When he captures a beautiful witch, he knows he cannot trust her. But to succeed in his quest to find a new home and prevail over his enemies, he also knows he needs her.
Erwyn might be a slave and feared for her powers and precognition, but she doesn’t cower when confronted by the feared warrior. Nor does she act as expected. Thalgor’s kindness confuses her. His flashes of humor confound her. And the reaction he ignites in her body creates a longing that she cannot deny.
Neither anticipated falling in love. The stakes are high, but when Thalgor is mortally wounded, Erwyn realizes she must accept help from an unlikely source to save him.
Although the cover was a bit dark and sinister, I was intrigued by the blurb of Thalgor’s Witch. But already on the first page, I was drawn into the story. We meet Erwyn, who is fleeing with Felyn, from the clan where she is a slave. They are discovered by Thalgor and his men and taken to his clan. As a witch, with power to heal and to inflict pain and with the possibility to foresee the future, she is invaluable for any clan.
However, witches are not to be trusted. And Erwyn certainly doesn’t feel welcome at Thalgor’s clan. So Thalgor is struggling how to convince Erwyn to stay with his clan, without having to bind her with ropes in order to refrain her from escaping to the Sea Mountains.
As the story unfolds, we see how Erwyn slowly befriends some of the people of the clan. And we see how Thalgor and Erwyn are attracted to each other, but the mistrust and difference in beliefs between them is keeping them apart. Meanwhile, Thalgor is trying to find a way to give his clan a safe place to live. The constant wandering of his clan isn’t helping them in restoring the great kingdom they once had. But Batte, his second in command wants to keep moving. The difference in beliefs between Batte and Thalgor, fueled by both Erwyn and Dara (Batte’s lover) leads to an epic confrontation.
In all a wonderful read, where relationships and clan dynamics are described in a compelling and impressive way. We see how people who are hurt lash out in a terrible way to the people the love the most, how different beliefs can create a gap between people and what happens when people are taking sides.
Five out of five stars from me and a special thank you to Netgalley for providing the arc.
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Published: February 2018
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥