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Fallon, a Knight of Aerlion, has interrupted his mission for some inner calling. The cause, he discovers is a young woman being held in servitude--actual slavery. Slavery is illegal in this kingdom, never mind the additional abuses heaped on the young woman and only the blindness--willful or otherwise--of the locals allowed the situation to continue. Once Fallon brings it to light, the woman is freed and the tavernkeep who had been her master punished.
The young woman, who calls herself Cait, has no memory from before waking in the slaver's camp the night she was sold to the tavernkeep. Yet there is something special about her. She shows flashes of abilities, familiarity with things that might be hints of memories from before, little learned gestures that she does not remember learning, all that point to the Order of Aerelion. So Fallon takes her to the Citadel, the order's headquarters and school and Cait becomes a member. And then Fallon promply vanishes from the story, saving for a couple of mentions.
The bulk of the story involves Cait's growing into the order and her developing relationships, both good and bad, with other members thereof and the growing mystery of who Cait is and why dark forces are interested in her and what lies behind the block keeping her from remembering.
Unfortunately, we are not given an answer. Hints, yes, but no answer. These questions, it would seem, must wait until future volumes for resolution. The main concerns that I had with this book is, after spending about 1/3 of the book with Fallon he vanishes abruptly. The so-important mission that he interrupted, that his superiors in the Order emphasized was important (while agreeing that the actions involved in finding Cait justified the interruption) is never seen and scarce mentioned.
Despite these concerns the story was a gripping read. And I do hope the next volume is not too long delayed.
This is very much like David Weber's Bahzell series, in that it isn't Tolkien like Fantasy. The characters are well filled out, and we care about them. They don't always know why they are called to "be" who they are, and we see their "Why Me?" I look forward to new "adventures." Cait being raised to the new rank of Knight-Cleric tells us that her skills will be needed to fight the evil that enslaved her in Linaeaus. In part because the "people" have lost their way. They pay lips service to the "Good" gods, and refuse to believe that evil really exists and acts directly on them.
Prepare to be captured by the story telling.
Time now to get onto Facebook and start harassing Ms. Green to hurry up with the next part in the series.
Hoping for more plot in the next book but still looking forward to reading it.