Now eighteen, she had no plans to leave her beloved homeland. So when a strange urge compels her to travel north to an unknown destination, Lina resists this unnatural feeling. But her plans to stay in Zena are taken out of her control when she is kidnapped by gypsies and wakes in a foreign land. The desire to travel north is as strong as ever. She fears she will have no choice but to give into the compulsion. When a raging fire prevents her return home, she realizes she must find out once and for all what or who is summoning her.
On her journey, Lina befriends an odd assortment of allies. Together they battle mystical creatures and unnatural forces despite the fact that such magic had died out over 800 years ago. Lina reluctantly begins to use her innate Elemental power as she becomes more certain that someone is using magic against her. When she discovers the shocking truth, it will change her life in ways she could never imagine. From Goodreads
I got this book free from Smashwords, thinking it looked interesting. I quite enjoyed it. The group ending up travelling together is interesting and it is nice to have at least one shady likeable character among them as the rest are upstanding members of their different societies. The telepathic cat and dragons also drew me into the story and I am looking forward to see where the author is going with this.
The second book Quietus came out in November 2011 and I will be sure to buy that at a later day.
This book qualifies for:
100 books in a year Reading Challenge 2012,
Goodreads 2012 Reading Challenge,
2012 Ebook Challenge,
Magical March 2012,
2012 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge
Why Buy the Cow? Reading challenge 2012 ( this book was free on Smashword the 10th of March 2012)