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Sunday, May 19, 2013

The Iron Tree - Cecilia Dart-Thornton

Jarred grew up in the desert – raised by his mother, after his father disappeared, leaving only a broken promise to return, and an amulet for Jarred.    He’s long wanted to know what became of his father, and so when some of his friends decide to travel north to make their fortune, he goes with them.   After robbers injure one of the party, they stop in the marshes of Slievmordhu, where Jarred meets Lilith, and instantly falls in love.

Lilith’s family has not long lived in the marshes – her grandfather arrived there, bearing a terrible curse: both he, and his daughter, Lilith’s mother, went mad after the birth of their first child.    It’s a curse that Lilith has tried not to think about, until she meets Jarred, and suddenly contemplates having children of her own.

What Jarred and Lilith don’t know is that the mysteries of their past are intertwined, and only together can they answer the questions of their past.    Interestingly, this is the first book of a series, but it’s a surprisingly complete story – which really makes me wonder what kind of epic adventure is up for the rest of the series.


Jenn said...

Huh, I'll have to add this to my list - sounds good.

Megan said...

I read her other series last year (The Bitterbynde Books), which I actually liked better, because the language was so gorgeous (like Patricia McKillip). These ones seem to be a slightly more straightforward romance story.