Synopses & Reviews
When Sarvet's world hems her in, she pushes back. Her daughter, Livli, does likewise. The Kaunis Clan Omnibus, Sarvet & Livli, presents both their transcendent stories.
Running away leads right back home-or does it?
Sarvet walks with a grinding limp, and her mountain culture keeps girls close to home. Worse, her mother emphasizes all the things Sarvet can't do. No matter how gutsy her spirit or bold her defiance, staying put means growing weaker. Yet only boys get wanderyars. Lacking their supplies and training, how can Sarvet escape?
Can dreams-even big dreams-and inner certainty transform impossible barricades into a way out?
Livli struggles with a secret she keeps from everyone, even her closest friends, and she must solve the problem at its heart before she's discovered.
She's certain the answer lies in a fragment of folklore and magic half-remembered from her childhood. Almost certain.
She wouldn't need forgotten magic if only the men and women of her secluded mountain culture dwelt together. But the women-and Livli-inhabit their sister-lodge atop its lofty bluff, while the men live apart in their brother-lodge several valleys away.
Unless she can force a change, Livli stands to lose everything . . . including the most precious thing in her life: her son.
A story of secrets, shibboleths, and deep-forged strength told with all the insight and engaging intimacy that J.M. Ney-Grimm brings to epic fantasy.
PRAISE FOR SARVET'S WANDERYAR
"...it's an entrancing story with a character you care about, and desperately want to succeed..." - James J. Parsons, Speaking to the Eyes
"J.M. Ney-Grimm has woven a beautiful, multi-layered tapestry... All the characters, human and otherwise, in her world are well-rounded and believable." - Barbara Karp, Readers' Favorite
PRAISE FOR LIVLI'S GIFT
"...fascinating and insightful..." - P. Saternye
"I started reading and couldn't put it down. I love the world and the characters..." - Diane Riggins
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
J.M. Ney-Grimm lives with her husband and children in Virginia, just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She's learning about permaculture gardening and debunking popular myths about food. The rest of the time she reads Robin McKinley, Diana Wynne Jones, and Lois McMaster Bujold, plays boardgames like Settlers of Catan, rears her twins, and writes stories set in her troll-infested North-lands.