In a land torn apart by violence, the fragile peace of the world lays in the hands of one tattered warrior.
It has been thousands of years since the fall of the great nations and the tribes that remain in the ashes of the fallen must fight to survive in the shadows. In this desperate landscape, Ailive has spent her entire life fighting for the honor of her tribe and she has grown weary of war. When Ailive sees a chance to escape her fate, she flees into a chaotic landscape where death and darkness lurk behind every friendly face until she finds refuge in the peaceful city at the center of her world. In this city, Ailive finds everything she’s ever dreamt of, but news of a strange prophet from the South brings whispers of war to Ailive’s peaceful home. Now Ailive alone can stop the genocide of an entire tribe of people. Ailive alone holds the key to bringing peace to the world and destroying the monstrous man whom she once loved, if she can only gain the courage to pick up her sword again and make herself fulfill the destiny she’s fought her entire life.
It is hard to say what I liked most about this book. At first I was so sure there would be nothing that I liked about it but as the story went on I couldn't have been more wrong.
Given away as a young child with a penchant t for violence the main character of the story had to face a multitude of trials to become the strong lethal force that is her assassins guild so to speak. So when her world crumbles at the sight that her tribe is not all knowing and the battle between good and evil isn't as black and white as it was portrayed, we join her on hr journeys with the wind and watch as master swordsman saves the tribe less, becomes a slave, a teacher, a lover, a saint and eventually a wife and mother.
It was so sad to watch man after man use her for their own gain, looking at her as if she was nothing but a pretty toy to lay with. I swear I felt my heart break with her own as plots were revealed and her rage awoken.
I was silently rooting for one person the entire time and when she finally woke up to him, I wanted to yell my joy from the rooftops. I also loved that gaining his trust again wasn't done easily.
This story had a lot of underlying messages that were interesting to think about, especially the ones on religions and politics.