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Sinclair, Linnea, 1954-
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Palm Beach, FL : Medallion Press, 2004.
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316 pages ; 18 cm
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SORCERY. TREACHERY. LOVE. For centuries the Infernal War has been waged by witches and sorcerers to control the Orb of Knowledge. The war must end. At Wintertide, the Hill Raiders attack the village of Cirrus Grove. The sea captain's daughter is raped, and a child conceived. "If the child is to be who the stones say she will, it's best I raise her." Bronya the Healer tends the birth. Having read the truth in the Stones, in the midst of a maelstrom, Bronya takes the babe to her cave. Warded now by the signs and symbols of magick, she keeps the child, Khamsin, safe from the Sorcerer. On the eve of Khamsin's eighteenth birthday, the Hill Raiders, come again. They murder the inhabitants of her village. Blaming Khamsin for witchery, the survivors of Cirrus Grove nearly take her life. The Tinker, selling pots and pans, heals Khamsin. And he accompanies her on a journey that magick omens have directed her to take. One of them knows the truth. One of them is seeking, just as she is sought. The war for the Orb is about to end. But only love can win it.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Set in a fantasy world closely resembling the Middle Ages (save for the witches, sorcerers and demons that dot the landscape), this captivating novel from Sinclair (Destiny's Game) follows a courageous healer named Khamsin as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery. Khamsin has long known that she has been chosen for a particular course in life, but she isn't certain what that course is. All she knows is that a very powerful being, most likely the sorcerer who governs the surrounding lands, would like to destroy her and that she's destined to face grave danger in her 17th year. Nothing could prepare her, however, for the vicious attack on her village that results in the deaths of her husband, family and friends. With the help of handsome and mysterious Rylan the Tinker, Khamsin travels to the city of Noviiya, where she seeks out a wise old healer who can help her hone her magical skills. From there, she makes the difficult trek to the Sorcerer's castle. The plot line is familiar and thinly fleshed out, but the suspense that builds as Khamsin grows closer to her goal, making friends and battling demons along the way, will draw readers onward. While this is far from an action-adventure fantasy epic, Sinclair's fluid prose and intrepid heroine ensure that it is an enchanting read. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved