As the Shadonae rise in the west and war threatens the north, a young woman discovers she is not human . . .
Rowen Mar finds a strange mark on her hand, and she is banished from her village as a witch. She covers the mark with a leather glove and seeks sanctuary in the White City. She lives in fear that if she touches another person, the power inside her will trigger again, a terrifying power that allows her to see the darkness inside the human heart . . .
But the mark is a summons, and those called cannot hide forever. For the salvation of her people lies within her hand.
Book one of the Follower of the Word series.
*Finalist for the 2013 Christy Award for Visionary Novel*
*Finalist for the 2013 Grace Award for Speculative Fiction*
*Finalist for the 2013 Carol Award for Speculative Fiction*
Reviews for Daughter of Light:
“This novel is fast-paced with unique, visual characters placed within a fresh fantasy world. I love Rowen Mar as a heroine. She is hard-headed, likable, wounded and determined enough to engage sympathy while being unpredictable enough to keep the reader guessing. I also adore Captain Lore. He is handsome, moral, intelligent and … available. He’s exactly the sort of wise, older man Rowen needs in her life. But there’s another guy in her dreams and … he’s trouble. And who doesn’t like trouble?..
To read… or not? With a subtle nod or two to Tolkien, Busse’s skill at world building will please fans of general market fantasy while those who enjoy inspirational content will appreciate the artful way the author employs Christian themes within the story.
With plenty of romance and the promise of more to come as the series continues, Morgan L. Busse’s Daughter of Light series will be a great addition to the spare list of titles attempting to fill a gaping hole in the inspirational market. A rousing romantic adventure that engages the imagination and the heart, Daughter of Light will delight and refresh epic fantasy fans who’ve found little fodder for their literary appetites within bigger-housed publishers’ inspirational fiction lists.” —Serena Chase, USAToday Happy Ever After
“I’ve read many stories that parallel our spiritual journey. Some of them are simple and others have been complex. Some hit the mark and some miss it completely. Busse’s writing hit the nail on the head for me. I was rocked to the core during the scenes where Rowen needed to learn more about herself and her existence. This portion of the plot was well written, concise, and not so heavy handed that it continued to beat the reader with already understood knowledge. (I hate it when an author insists on pounding a point home repeatedly once I’ve gotten it!)
As a fan of fantasy and adventure, this book was a promising start to what could be a great series. Plotlines were intricate enough to give us a taste of what might come later and the characters were such that we care how each of them fares in the story. Intrigue, mystery, adventure – this book has enough of each of them to keep the reader more than just engaged. I was delighted to discover that this book had one of those special tipping points that all readers enjoy. You know the one I mean. When you know that you really need to put the book down and go to bed but you just can’t stop reading because you must find out what happens next.” —RadiantLit
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