A devastating sacrifice. A daring rescue. A new world of magic unveiled. As a fourteen-year-old outsider girl in the Worker village, Isika is destined for endless drudgery, serving her priest stepfather and worshiping the four goddesses of the Worker people. She doesn't fit in and she hates the goddesses, but her mother is dead, and her three remaining siblings need her to be good and keep them safe. She can't think of anything beyond surviving each day and trying to avoid her stepfather's wrath. Until he decides to sacrifice her youngest brother to the goddesses. And Isika decides that enough is enough. She sets out on a journey to save her brother, facing an unknown world outside the walls of the Worker village. In the new world, ancient gifts awaken within her as she finds more beauty and more trouble than she could have imagined. To save her brother, she will have to trust the magical creatures and mysterious new friends who have come to guide her. What's more, as she learns to love her new place in the world, she will have to learn to control magic that could be the key to her destiny and the fate of everyone around her.
Ford builds a wonderfully complex world. The scenes are so vividly described that you feel transported into the story. The book draws you in, and the brave and daring characters are so well developed you feel like you know them personally. Ford also includes several intriguing themes, and her strong female heroine is immediately likable.
Book 1 in the World Whisperer series
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