Published Date: June 2008
Publisher: Mundania Press LLC
The Story: For Astrid, a blacksmith who makes swords for dragonslayers, the emergence of a strange gemstone from her body sets in motion a chain of events that threaten to destroy her life. Her happiness is shattered when her lover-the dragonslayer-disappears without a trace, and the life that she knows and loves implodes without warning.
Astrid lives in a world of shapeshifters whose thoughts have the power to change not only themselves but others. Everything Astrid knows to be true is called into question when she learns the truth about her past and the mysterious family from which she was separated as a child. Reality turns inside out as Astrid gradually learns the truth about the people she loves as well as those she disdains.
With the fate of dragons, ghosts, and slaves in foreign lands resting on her shoulders, Astrid faces the challenge of deciding who she is and how she will stand up inside her own skin. Will she withdraw and hide from the world that has disappointed her so much...or will she rise to lead others to freedom and peace?
My Review: I felt so sorry for Astrid. We meet her as a child seller is trying to get rid, well sell her. She is so disfigured due to a lot of scars on her body. Then she meets a boy who isn’t afraid of her. His dad suggests that in Guell, the child seller will have better luck and that the local blacksmith would buy Astrid. Turns out, he does. But what else he does is love Astrid. She works along-side him and learns how to make the Dragonslayer’s sword.
To me, this reminds me of the Ugly Duckling. But then Astrid proves her worth and is treasured by those around her. As I started reading, it was a little confusing with all the switches to the past, but as I continued on, I couldn’t stop reading. So much happens in this first book. This is a four part series, so look for the next book’s reviews: The Iron Maiden!