In a village of the frozen north, a child is born possessed by a strange and alien spirit, only to be cast out by her tribe and taken in by the mysterious winter witches of Irrisen, a land locked in permanent magical winter. Farther south, a young mapmaker with a penchant for forgery discovers that his sham treasure maps have begun striking gold. This is the story of Ellasif, a barbarian shield maiden who will stop at nothing to recover her missing sister, and Decclan, the ne'er-do-well young spellcaster-turned-forger who wants only to prove himself to the woman he loves. Together they'll face monsters, magic, and the fury of Ellasif's own cold-hearted warriors in their quest to rescue the lost child. Yet when they finally reach the ice-walled city of Whitethrone, where trolls hold court and wolves roam the streets as men, will it be too late to save the girl from the forces of darkness?
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"Everything I look for in a fantasy novel"
The story developed around characters that had depth without cliché. It started with a mystery that unfolded gradually and meaningfully, bringing the reader along for the ride. The author set up a story and a system that never had to deviate from the setup for convenience and was loyal to the setting which preceded the novel.
Stirring story and realistic characters. The performance treated too many voices as caricatures. Sudden climax.
Great story that truly allows the reader to explore some of the most dangerous locations in Galorian
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