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437 pages, Kindle Edition
First published September 5, 2017
“I never thought someone like you could exist.” He watched me with a half smile on his face. “A girl from a tiny village many explorers have never even heard of, with greater skill than most of them will ever possess.”
Kamzin, second daughter of her village-Elder father, is apprenticed to the local shaman. But Kamzin stinks at magic. What she really wants is to follow in the footsteps of her mother, an explorer. When River Shara, the Emperor’s official explorer, arrives in her village on his way to Raksha, the tallest mountain in the Aryas range, where a talisman that will protect the nation from witches is said to be hidden, Kamzin seizes her chance. But working for River means working against her older sister, Lusha, and risking the life of her best friend, Tem. It also means coming face to face with the monsters that roam the Aryas … and the darkness that can be found in human hearts, including Kamzin’s own.I really enjoyed this!
As highly as Lusha thought of herself, she was no match for me when it came to applying stupid, brute strength to physical obstacles... I could navigate an icefall on a moonless night, and stick to mountains like sap. It was the one way I had always bested Lusha.
"I'd like you to speak to the herdsman about borrowing another yak. I don't like the looks of the one your father offered. The way it stares at me, it's as if it's plotting something. I don't travel with plotters. Thieves, liars, cheats, that's all right, but I can't stand plotters....Finally, see if you can find me a good ice ax. I lost mine."
"You LOST your-"
"A yak trampled it on my last expedition. Snapped it in two. Did you hear what I said about choosing your yak carefully?"
"Are you saying I can't do this?"
"I think you can do anything," he said quietly. "That's what scares me."