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Reviewed by Robin Clark for Readers' Favorite
The Calaithian people are kind, proud, hardworking people. Many walk blindly through the Kingdom of Moeth without remembering or knowing of the Kingdom they walk on, a kingdom not of this world: Hammeril. It is said that a thousand years has passed since the magickal gate between the two worlds was closed because of the jealousy and hatred that had grown between those with the gift of magick and those without. A war waged for two hundred years after that day — waged by the citizens of Calaith and the few aMaun people from Hammeril who had vowed to stay in the Kingdom of Moeth to help those they had come to love and to keep alive the memories so that one day the gate could again be opened. All Calaithians are given a life’s work — a vocation, something each is deemed to do according to their signs of election: a scribe, musician, cook, warrior. It seems all around Princess Calya-Tril have their vocations except her. Thirty-four years old and unmarried, she is considered an old maid. What will her life be but a waste? The day comes about, however, when she is found to be The Seeker—The One Who Is Found - the very one who is forged to open the gate between the two worlds and restore magick to the Kingdom of Moeth. Will she be strong enough to do this for the Kingdom she loves?
I enjoyed this book from the beginning to the end. I am left in a state of restless anticipation for the next installment, for surely there will be more. The author uses such descriptive words that you can feel yourself in each magickal realm, smell the scents of the home fires burning and want to be upon the beautiful unicorns with crystal horns. You want to be shimmering from realm to realm in search of your magickal consort, your one true heart. Two thumbs way up to Catherine L. Avizinis for her eloquently written story of life’s journeys and choices, and to her ability to transport the reader to the magickal world of Hammeril.