Livlie's search for her answers in the child's books she's known struck such a chord for me. The culture is fascinating. It's something like the Door to Women's Country, only much less grim. It's a lyrical, lovely book.
Livli's Gift further explores the society of the hammarleedings. While thoroughly enjoying the tale of Livli's adventures in her young adulthood there are many glimpses into the society's norms for relationships and parenting that I also find extremely fascinating and insightful. Although the antagonist Thoivra is anything but likable, as she should be, I could not help but appreciate her goal in light of the changes taking place to the Hammar-folk's society. Although rooting for Livli and wishing her to have all that she wanted in life I also was concerned for the extent of the changes that might take place in their society as a whole. The hammarleeding society is so interesting to me that change, even for the sake of freedom and individual choice, concerned me. In other words I was definitely wrapped up in the outcome of one of the conflicts in the story. There is also the added bonus of seeing how Sarvet, Livli's mother, evolved and the amazing life she created for herself.
I loved how this unique community is supportive and compassionate. I was somewhat confused with some of the terminology, but this was a minor concern as the novel was beautifully written. I was given this book through GoodReads.
I received a copy to read and review. I started reading and couldn't put it down. It's very intriguing. The world the author created is great as are the characters. I would highly recommend it those readers who love epic fantasy.