A NovelBook - 2009
A second book in the trilogy that began with the Locus Award-winning Firethorn finds the servant and lover of Sire Galan attempting to follow him into war, an effort during which a lightning strike garbles her speech, compromises her memory, and causes priests and soldiers to revere her as a prophet.
Firethorn, a healer, precognitive dreamer and slave, is struck by lightning while on a voyage to join her master. Sire Galan still desires her, but her rebellious acts strain their relationship. Then Galan's adversary, King Arkhyios Corvus, takes Firethorn captive, and her further travails lead her to truly understand the gift of "inward fire."
The servant and lover of Sire Galan attempts to follow him into war, an effort during which a lightning strike garbles her speech, compromises her memory, and causes priests and soldiers to revere her as a prophet.
Simon and Schuster
The highly anticipated second book in Sarah Micklem’s liter- ary fantasy trilogy that began with the critically acclaimed debut, Firethorn.
Sarah Micklem brings her lush prose and rich imagina- tion to the second installment of this epic trilogy, set in an imaginary world as real as history and as marvelous as legend.
Sire Galan has forbidden his servant and lover Firethorn to follow him to war, but she disobeys, and sets sail with the army of Corymb to the land of Incus. During the crossing, Firethorn is struck by lightning. She regains consciousness to find her speech garbled and her memory in tatters. Despite her injuries, others see her as blessed, for she has survived the touch of a god, Wildfire. Priests and soldiers search her nonsensical utterances for hidden prophecies.
In the aftermath of battle, Firethorn is captured by the defeated king of Incus. He takes refuge in the kingdom where Firethorn was born, a place she remembered only in dreams. There, a world away from Galan, she discovers not only the land and language she was born to, but a life of unexpected luxury and power. But this privilege has a high cost, one which Firethorn may not be able to bear.