Daughter of a legendary warrior who left the mountains before she was born. Brave. Strong. Tempered by her struggle to survive in the hostile, craggy Keturan mountains. And plagued by moments of enormous and puzzling clumsiness. "Find your father," the local wisewoman tells her. "To find your true self, find the Wolverine." Angered by his abandonment, Kelyn doesn't care about her father--but the lure of adventure in the Out Lands calls to her, just as it called to the Wolverine before her, and she accepts the challenge. New languages, new weapons. Magic. Witch hunts. The treacheries of civilization. She doesn't know just how much of a challenge it'll be.
4 out of 5 (very good)
This is a fantasy of old style story telling and classic witchcraft and wizardry. Although it was a slow starter, I stuck with it and thoroughly enjoyed it. Kelyn is a wonderful mixture of boldness, sass, with a strong sense of right and wrong. There is a comment made in the book that although she never goes looking for trouble, trouble always seems to find her! She sets off from home on a journey of discovery, both to find her father and to find herself. With mishaps, battles, friendships and sorrow along the way. This is a wonderful book that follows along the lines of sword and sorcery and an epic storyline.
* Verified Purchase ~ January 2013 *
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Doranna responded to all early injunctions to "put down that book/notebook and go outside to play" by climbing trees to read & write. Such quirkiness of spirit has led to an eclectic publishing journey, spanning genres over 30 novels to include mystery, SF/F, action-romance, paranormal, franchise, and a slew of essays and short stories. But after all that, mostly she still prefers to hang around outside her New Mexico mountain home with the animals, riding dressage on her Lipizzan and training for performance sports with the dogs. She doesn't believe so much in mastering the beast within, but in channeling its power. For good or bad has yet to be decided... Dun Lady's Jess, Doranna's first published fantasy novel, received the 1995 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall award for the best first book in the fantasy, science fiction, and horror genres. When she's not writing, Doranna builds web pages, including this one.