Thursday, March 8, 2012

March 8, 2012 – Book Review – The Salbine Sisters by Sarah Ettritch

The Salbine by Sarah Ettritch

Publisher: NornPublishing 

Product Description from Amazon
“She gave up everything to become a Salbine Sister, member of a religious order of powerful female mages. But when Maddy nearly dies while trying to draw forth elemental fire, she learns that Salbine has withdrawn from her the gifts every sister works to master. Feeling trapped in an order to which she no longer has any right to belong and believing herself unworthy of the

love of Lillian, one of the most powerful mages in the sisterhood, Maddy begs the abbess to let her travel to another monastery to research her condition.

On her journey, Maddy's faith in both herself and Salbine are tested to their limits. When she attempts to draw fire and fails horribly, frightened townsfolk throw Maddy into prison. Fearing that the abbess will never learn her fate and rescue her, Maddy resigns herself to a short and brutal life.

The only bright spot in Maddy's existence is Emmey, the pickpocket with whom she shares a cell. Through her and the steadfast love of Lillian, Maddy learns that Salbine's purpose is not always the same for everyone, and that love and compassion are more valuable than magic.”

4 ½ stars out of 5

I picked this book up because it’s part of the online book group I’m trying to participate in on .  I should probably thank Bob who introduced me to that website, “Thanks Bob”, because it’s doubtful that this book would have ever come to my attention otherwise and then I would have missed out on a well written and interesting story.

I have no idea what century this story was based in but it has horses, swords, magic, and women who are intelligent, strong and capable: the last bit being the most important for me personally. 

Here’s the thing with this book, I don’t think you have to be someone who reads “fantasy” type books to enjoy this one.  The magic or elemental portion of the story is an important factor but it’s not the main factor.  Ultimately, the story revolves around Maddy and the fact that her faith has been shaken and her struggle to figure out her place in the world and her struggle with her religious beliefs.  Within that is the relationships between the characters of Maddy, Lillian, and eventually Emmey.

I really enjoyed these characters and the author’s process for making the characters grow and in my opinion; to each be more brave.

My only disappointment is that that it appears there is no sequel for this story.

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