The Shield of the Sky is home to the Free People - Amazons, the Sisterhood. It is also home to the Ailu people, a shape-shifter race descended from the ancient gods themselves. Rhenna of the Free People, not quite an outcast of her tribe and her companions, Tahvo of the North (a seer) and Cian of the Ailu meet on a journey to the Karchedon, the heart of the Empire, to save their world as they know it. Along the way they meet Quinn, a Tiberian rebel and Philokrates, the scholar - allies but perhaps with agendas of their own.
Their world with its devas and spirits is changing, not for the better, as the Stone God and its zealot priests use the emperor's power to spread their religion throughout the world.
Their quest has many goals; to prevent the slaughter of innocents, to prevent the capture of the Ailu, to free those already taken and to end the reign of the Stone God.
As Rhenna and her companions travel on, they discover facets of themselves they would not have known if their lives had been ordinary. The extraordinary circumstances and their dire necessity to succeed in their quest to save the world leaves the reader wanting to see them succeed.
This story is an intriguing mix of history and fantasy - combining the Amazons, religion and the supernatural in one blend.
Similar in style to Steven Pressfield's ‘Last of the Amazons', this is a fairly easy read and one you can pick up and put down when time is short.
Definitely looking forward to the next instalment of Rhenna and her friends' journey.
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