Growing up in a city of Merchant Princes, Juvela discovers she can see what others can't. The very currents of the celestial are open to her, and that includes the truths they hide: An escalating series of unsolved kidnappings have been haunting the city-state, leaving its shadows pooled deep with innocent blood.
Has Juvela been cursed with the Witches' Kiss - or perhaps something worse?
Yet, more is to come, for not only has she witnessed an abduction, but she will have to endure a role in the victim's ritual death. For Juvela is about to become forsaken, and that's before she learns the real truth of not just the crimes plaguing Ossard's bloody streets, but the wider world: A world at war, and governed by gods whose highest pleasure is to sup on the taste of death.
The Fall of Ossard by Colin Taber tells the story of Juvela, a young girl in the city of Ossard. Her grandmother was burned as a witch during a turbulent time that saw The Inquisition banished from the city. The religion of Ossard looks to all magic other than that of their priests as evil corruption that must be rooted out and destroyed. When the city begins to fall victim to a plague of child abductions Juvela's parents hire her a personal guard to ensure her safety. Sef is an experienced warrior who has been fighting to save the Flet's homeland for some time. The other major character is Juvela's husband, too much info on him is a bit of a spoiler so I'll just leave it at that.
First off the book has some wonderful maps and a very nice glossary as well. Both of these items are helpful when the world is as in depth as the one that Colin has created. There are also a few parts where I felt the story dragged a bit because of the explanations needed to bring his world to life. Nothing horrendous by any means, just a little bit of a hiccup. He does a very nice job with wrapping up the story enough to conclude the first book while leaving enough questions to draw the reader into the second book, which is on my shelf waiting to be read. Even though Juvela has some large revelations and interesting twists to her character I liked Sef the best. The book ends leaving some serious questions about his background and what part he will have in the world that is being created by the events in Book 1.
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