It seems to be a recurring theme in my life that I find the middle book in a series and cannot find the earlier ones. However, in the case of this particular book (apparently it begins 800 years after the last book), it didn’t really matter, because it does sort of stand on it’s own feet enough for it not to matter that I have no knowledge of the back-story.
The Rigante seem to be based on the Scots of the 17th or 18th centuries, and the Varlish have a resemblance to their English neighbours. The Rigante clans are oppressed by their Varlish neighbours and forbidden their traditional dress and culture; only in the hills do the old ways hold and there are plots to destroy even those strongholds by treachery.
Kaelin Ring is a young Rigante, the son of a man who was killed by the local Varlish Moidart (overlord). His pseudo-guardian Jaim Grymauch and Kaelin’s mother as well as the Moidart’s son Gaise play important roles in the story…. but the gist of the story is that the time has come for the Rigante to free themselves from opression, and Kaelin and Jaim are the ones to do it.
Worth a read, but I would advise you to look for the previous books first!
A book designer, Arati has always enjoyed books and the world of imagination that they open up. She is extremely accident-prone, due entirely to absent-mindedness caused by thinking about books and their contents, instead of paying attention to what she's actually supposed to be doing. She reads multiple books simultaneously, and her choices range from cookbooks and design manuals to fantasy, crime and Regency romances.
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