My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Ok, I know this has all the trappings of a "nerd" book...fictional dynasties, named swords, women warriors, gods helping/hindering the humans, some of whom have mythical and mystical powers. But I loved it. It was just so well told. It didn't get carried away in its own mythology. The only characters I got confused were the gods, and they play a minor part anyway. The story was epic, and I felt like I was around a campfire each night anxiously awaiting what would happen next. the ending was supremely satisfying but I was pleasantly surprised that this is only book 1 in a series. I will definitely read the next one.
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" I admire the dandelion the most. It is hardy and determined, adaptable and practical. The flower looks like a small chrysanthemum, but it's much more resourceful and far less delicate. Poets may compose odes about the chrysanthemum, but the dandelion's leaves and flowers can fill your belly, its sap cure your warts, its roots calm your fevers. Dandelion tea makes you alert, while chewingits root can steady a nervous hand."
"There was now an invisible wall between them, they both saw. They had felt closer to each other in their dreams and yearnings than they did now in person. When they had been apart, each had striven to fulfill an idealized vision they thought the other had of them. But the truth was that they had both changed."
"'But I've always found that true happiness must take into account our imperfections. Faith is stronger when it acknowledges and embraces doubt.'"
"I have seen how the lowly dandelion, with time and patience, can crack the strongest paving stone."
"'To know the future is to have no choice...to be words fixed on a page by someone else. We can only do w\hat we think is best, trusting it will all somehow work out.'"