book reviews by Althea

Mother Ocean, Daughter Sea – Diana Marcellas ***

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Reminded in feel of 1980’s-1990’s era Marion Zimmer Bradley. Woman-centric fantasy with a ‘classic’ setting.

In this world, witchcraft is outlawed, punishable by death. Our Heroine, the teenaged Brierley, knows she is a witch. She believes she may be the last of her people. All she knows of her heritage, she has gleaned from her predecessors journals, hidden in a secret cave.

Her particular talent is healing – and when Brierley feels ‘called’ to heal, there’s not much she can do about it. It’s bad luck for her when she is ‘called’ to do a healing in front of witnesses, including the local lord. Soon enough, she’s arrested. However, she’s not without her supporters, as she’s always been a valued part of her community.

The story progresses very much in the manner of a courtroom drama. Heroes and villains are all fairly clear-cut, although there is a bit of ambiguity when it comes to a relationship with a married man. (However, his was an arranged marriage and it’s made quite clear that the couple isn’t quite right for each other. I was still rooting for them to come to understand each other better, though.)

I see that there’s a sequel to this book, but this one ends at a satisfyingly conclusive point.

A copy of this book was provided to me by NetGalley. Many thanks to Open Road Media and NetGalley for the chance to read this novel. As always, my opinions are my own.


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