Book Review: Mother Ocean, Daughter Sea by Diana Marcellas
The Witch of Two Suns, Book 1
Review by Dawn Thomas
Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Sci-Fi & Fantasy
When the book begins we meet Brierley Mefell. She is one of the last shari’a witches. She lives in fear of being discovered as a witch since in the Allemanii lands witches were perceived as evil and forbidden to live. She has lived on her own since she was twelve. She is known as a healer and midwife to the locals. She sits in the cave where other shari’a witches lived and writes in a journal to a child she does not have and wonders if she will ever have.
Earl Melfallan Courtray has only been the Earl for six months after the mysterious death of his uncle Audric. The doctor said it was a problem with is digestive system but Melfallan knows better. He believes his uncle was poisoned and that he is next on the list. The list of people that want him dead is growing longer and he begins to distrust everyone close to him.
One day Captain Bartol arrived telling stories of a shari’a witch. He caught the ear of Lord Landreth and the two conspired to find the witch and kill her. Brierley is afraid of what they will learn of her. She has been living in hiding for so long. Unfortunately when she performs a few healings that seem too good to be true brings her to the attention of Melfallan. Duke Tejar Kobus demands Melfallan to bring Brierley to his court for a trial. She is overwhelmed with life in a city and the thoughts of those that live there. She touches the mind of a small child Megan and knows without a doubt Megan is a shari’a. After a vicious attack which is meant to kill her, Brierley escapes the castle and takes Megan with her. Together they ride out into a winter’s storm trying to evade the men looking for her. What she finds startles her and makes her question the stories she has heard all of her life.
This was the first book I read by this author. I like her style of writing and the way the story flows and the development of the characters. I look forward to reading the next book in the series, The Sea Lark’s Song.
This review is also included in the Beltane issue of the Global Goddess Oracle ezine.