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When Aoleyn loses her parents, she is left to fend for herself among a tribe of vicious barbarians. Bound by rigid traditions, she dreams of escaping to the world beyond her mountain home.
The only hope for achieving the kind of freedom she searches for is to learn how to wield the mysterious power used by the tribe’s coven known as the Song of Usgar. Thankfully, Aoleyn may be the strongest witch to have ever lived, but magic comes at a price. Not only has her abilities caught the eye of the brutish warlord that leads the tribe, but the demon of the mountain hunts all who wield the Coven’s power, and Aoleyn’s talent has made her a beacon in the night.
First Line: “The moon called it forth, the summons of blood.”
This is the first book in the A Tale of the Coven series and it absolutely makes a lasting impression. With magic, witches and intrigue, R. A. Salvatore has created a world unlike any other. We are immediately thrust into a vivid setting and it’s impossible not to fall in love with Aoleyn. There are some questions that aren’t resolved at the end of the book, but this does not interrupt the plot and Aoleyn’s journey. This is a very dark read and the brutality may deter some readers, but for those thrill seekers who aren’t afraid to confront evil, this book will surely impress.