I was very, very glad I bought this book. I had done just fine with The Witches of Eileanan series, but it was a little boring at times, and I didn't feel that any of the books deserved more than four stars. Still, when I found a used copy of this book in great shape at Powell's one day, I bought it. I figures, it only cost four dollars, and I at least know I'll like it.
I loved it! This book is exciting, scary and romantic. The author has really let herself explore areas she wasn't willing to write about previously, such as sex. I was especially impressed in this book by the very spine tingling horror plot line, which felt much more mature than past works by this author.
This book takes place twenty-five years after the Fathomless Caves left off. The realm is peaceful, and all is well. But Rhiannon, knows nothing of this. She's half satyricon, half human, and because she only has one pair of breasts, and no horns on her head, she's not respected or loved in her pack. But one day, after killing a young man who escaped from the pack (males of the species are rare so they kidnap human males and basically rape them) she captures a winged horse, and flies away. Only to land right in the lap of civilized people, friends of the young man she killed. They just happen to have been in the Witches...series as well.
As I said before, I was impressed by this book. It showed growth in every way a writer can grow and I eagerly await the second book in this series. I may even pre-order it.