The tiger lives.
Ok, on with the show.
Tashi, inhabitor and refugee of a civilization based on Bhutan, escapes their war-torn city for refuge in a mountain monastery, finding more drudgery, intrigue, murder, sex, blood....well, it is a war story, and a spy story, and a magical quest story.
But Tashi isn't the bravest, strongest, or truest, and that's what makes this story unique. What happens when your workaday magic user, sharing souls with a golden tiger, has access to the heart of the war, and the ability to end it all?
This is another gem from Ember--a fantasy that investigates culture, magic, relationships. What makes a warrior love their enemy? What gives someone courage? What would you do, if you could end the war for good--and must you do good for one, when it will harm so many others? An atmospheric, adventurous fantasy with a windswept, chilling setting and heroines* fighting with tooth and claw, emotional strength and inner reserve, the only qualm I have is--I can't wait for the next in the series! What a cliffhanger!