Saturday, July 18, 2009

A Woman Worth Ten Coppers by Morgan Howell

A Woman Worth Ten Coppers
Morgan Howell

Book One in the Shadowed Path Trilogy

Yim is a young woman who has visions, a gift from the goddess Karm. When she was little a vision told her she was the chosen. She would would bear a child and that child would save the land and the people from the destruction that is slowly tearing them apart. Yim is given into the care of a man, and they set out on a journey. Yim's predicted fate is now before her. But it seems that before her journey even begins, Yim finds herself sold into slavery after her traveling companion is murdured.

Honus is a Sarf. Sarfs are warriors trained to serve the goddess Karm. They are paired with a Bearer. The Bearer is a holy person who serves the goddess, and are also seers. The Bearer carries the burden of the Sarf's pack, as you can guess, Honus purchases Yim for 1o coppers and he treats her as his bearer by making her carry his pack, because his previous Bearer, Theodus, told him someone else should always carry his burden before his death after a battle against the Devourer's followers. A battle that Honus finds only himself and one other man alive.

This world is built quite heavily around religion.There are two deities mentioned in this book; one good and compassionate, and the other evil and destructive. I found it to be rather compelling. As you journey with Yim and Honus, you get a pretty intense look at what the Devourer has created. In his name people thrive on the slightest bit of hate, or animosity, or jealousy, anger, fear, any emotion that could cause a violent outburst. The ones that serve him, feed those emotions within the people as they travel from village to village, destroying everything.

The days pass and they grow closer to their destination; a town that Honus believes is incapable of falling to the devices of the Devourer, where he calls home and trained to be a Sarf, and Yim believes this town is part of her destiny. There she will discover what the goddess Karm intends for her. But what they find nearly destroys Honus. Bent on vengeance against the Devourer and his minions, Yim must stop him. For those actions filled with his hate and pain will only create more power for the Devourer and weaken the goddess Karm in the process.

This is the first book of a new trilogy, and one I will look forward to for the next installments. Yim's and Honus's journey ended in a nice place, without any major cliffhangers. There were some really lovely scenes between Yim and Honus. Very innocent, but perfect for the start of what I assume is going to be a very powerful relationship. There is a romance that will span the three books between them, and I really liked how it all played out in this first book. The two need each other on very deep emotional levels. Intriguing world building and wonderful characters made this an awesome book. (4/5)

The next book is due to release on October 27th, Candle in the Storm.

If you'd like to read a review of the first book, King's Property, in Morgan Howell's first trilogy, Queen of the Orcs, click here. Erotic Horizon just posted this one a few days ago. I plan on reading this trilogy also.


My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Amy!

Sounds great, romantic fantasy and another to add to my list.

Thanks for the wonderful review and recommendation, I'll be looking for it.

Are you going to vote over at Clarity of Night?

Dottie :)

Anna said...

This one sounds good. I love both of the covers. :)

Amy C said...

Hi Dottie!

Thanks, I thought it was a fine start and a unique world for a new trilogy.

I'm not sure if I'm voting, are you voting? I should vote :). I didn't read that many of them. And alot of them that I did read were really dark and rather disturbing! There were only like two maybe three that I liked *wink* of what I did read.

Amy C said...

Hey Anna!

Yes, it was the covers that first caught my eye. It's hard to pass on a good cover!

Leontine said...

I'm off checking this trilogy out after reading your review Amy, you fuel my Fantasy shelf like no other LOL

Erotic Horizon said...

Hey Amy..

I am lovng the review - there is alot of similiarities about the world..

I am hoping to get through all the of two books of the series i am reading now and this one before October..

Thanks for pimpage on my fantsy blog....

I agree with Anna - the cover is beautiful..


Donna (Fantasy Dreamer) said...

Looks like an interesting read. And the covers for these books are very beautiful. I've always like the white, filmy dress flowing with the breeze scene. It brings to mind purity. Very nice.

SciFiGuy said...

I love the Queen of the Orc series. I was also completely surprised when I found out that Morgan Howell was a male writer having assumed Morgan was a woman.

Blodeuedd said...

Hi Amy,
This does sound like a good book. I always like books that has made an effort to create a world with everyhthing that means.
Oh and I loved that it doesn't end with a big cliffhanger cos those can drive me insane

Amy C said...

Thanks, Leontine! I can't imagine not having fantasy to read :).

Hi EH, I need to get the first Queen of the Orcs book, King's Property. That's the next book on my list to look for next time I'm at the Bookstore.

Donna! That is so funny you should say that about the white filmy dresses reminding you of purity, because Yim, the heroine is pure! She must not be touched by a man except the one who's to be the father of the child she's to carry.

Hi Doug, that is so good to hear that another person is enjoying Morgan's books! Ha! I assumed that Morgan Howell was a woman also :). When I first bought Dru Pagliassotti's Clockwork Heart, I thought she was a man.

Hey Blodeuedd, no, no big cliffhangers. I mean, you know the journey isn't over so the story doesn't feel complete. But that's the way it is with trilogies :).

Cecile said...

Hey Amy! Sorry I am late! Lovely review!!! I do love the cover of the book. Thank you for introducing me to a new author and book! You know I love your recommendations!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend and have a great Monday!

Amy C said...

That's okay, Cecile, you need never apologize! I think the covers are wonderful too. Very pretty. I did have a nice weekend. I actually got the husband to go for a walk with me down by the canal! I usually go with my mom but she couldn't. He got a little whiny that it was a long walk, but he got an ice cream for his reward! LOL Then he was happy again :P.