My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is part 1 of the Dragon Wine series and tells two inter-twining stories. One follows the story of Salinda, a slave with a gift she must protect at all costs. The other traces the path of Laidan, a girl who has a similar gift thrust upon her, before she too is enslaved and struggles to survive.
The Bad Stuff: To be honest, other than a couple of typo’s, there is nothing I picked up on. The only thing I would caution, is that this is set in a gritty world, where there are some pretty sick people that do some pretty nasty things. If you are prudish, this book is not for you.
The Good Stuff: The story world is well established and the characters have some depth. There are dragons and magic in an archaic setting that lends to the dark side of human nature. The protagonists have a real hard time of it with life going from bad to worse. The author sure doesn’t show them much love and this makes you want to see them succeed. Oh, and did I mention there’s dragons?
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it. I’m giving it 4 out of 5 golden bookmarks.