Pamela Freeman is the author of The Castings Trilogy books Blood Ties, Deep Water and Full Circle, children's fantasies Victor's Quest and Victor's Challenge, and The Black Dress, an inspired biography of Mary MacKillop's early years.
Cultural conflicts, familial obligations, and deadly ancient magic turn lives upside down in this intriguing fantasy from YA author Freeman (the Castings Trilogy). The people of the Eleven Domains have argued over land for decades, with many shunning the Travelers who have a magical bond with elemental powers. After Martine, a Traveler, offends the Fire god, he claims her daughter Ember, denying their domain any fires for cooking or warmth until Ember agrees to be his lover. To break Fire's spell, Ember and her cousin Ash must travel far north to Fire Mountain, in the Ice King's domain, and bring back some elemental fire to rekindle the flames. Their passage stirs up other elemental forces as it challenges tradition. Freeman's unique setting and compelling characters make for a highly entertaining tale. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Freeman shows her mastery of her craft - aurealisXpress An impressively different fantasy novel - Sydney Morning Herald The Castings Trilogy comes highly recommended especially for those looking for something different and thought provoking from their fantasy literature - Radio National s Book Show a satisfying diversion from formula-based fantasy. - Adelaide Advertiser Blood Ties has the feel of Ursula le Guin s fantasy novels if you are weary of sword battles with sorcerers and intrigued by dark motivations, this is a wonderfully satisfying series to read. - aurealisXpress