Clara will have to see through both the fog of war, and the fog of her own heart, to save a nation…
Sold into slavery as a child, and rendered mute by the horrors she suffered, Clara’s life extends no further than the castle kitchens and their garden. Those who know about her just think of her as the dull mute girl who may be a little soft in the head, not knowing that she carries within herself a precious gift: the ability to see the future. This is a gift she keeps secret, though, for fear of persecution.
However, a vision prompts her to prevent a murder, shoving her not only into the intrigues and gilded life of the nobility, but also into a civil war brewing in her country. As events unfold, and she is drawn deeper into the conflict, she meets an old friend, makes a new one, and begins to unearth secrets better left buried.
Driven to learn the truth about the war, and about her friends, Clara embarks on a journey that takes her from her beloved mountains to the very Capital itself, Bertrand, where she is confronted by an evil both ancient and twisted. The only problem is, her own anger and prejudices are the catalysts her enemy needs to complete its plans. If she is not careful, not only will the entire nation be lost, but her own soul as well.
Suzanna J. Linton grew up in rural Orangeburg County. At age eight, she tried to read The Secret Garden by herself. After following her mother around for a day, asking questions about the Yorkshire accent, she gave up, but that didn’t deter her in developing a deep appreciation for books and the worlds to which they open. A few years later, she wrote her first poem, which eventually led her to try writing fiction.
In 2002, she went to the summer program at the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, where she refined her poetry and wrote her first decent short story (before this, she mostly wrote novels along with her poetry). In 2003, Suzanna began attending Francis Marion University, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in English.
Where to start, where to start… I really enjoyed Clara😊 Just thinking of it makes me happy, sad and excited to read more about the characters.
Clara goes through more than a child should in her young life. Turning a curious 10-year old girl into a skittish mute. She keeps her seer ability secret for a long time until she decides she has no choice but to expose herself. This leads to a whole new set of troubles for Clara. Clara’s character goes through so much growth throughout the story. She has to work through her feelings of anger, defeat and revenge into order to persevere. She learns to trust, to love, and that it’s okay to be independent without giving up on the former.
“This is your battle, Clara,” the creature said. “You have to make the decision.”
“You have to decide what is more important.”
Alongside Clara the story has many important characters making up the story. One of those characters is Emmerich and I struggled a bit with him. When we first meet him, he has potential, standing up for what is right. Yet when time has passed he is jaded, harsh and has a slight anger issue.
” Emmerich being a winter’s child made sense to Clara, as he seemed to have an almost melancholic, frosty air about him.”
Next there is Jared, a royal guard, who is kind, cunning, smart and honorable. Also, Captain Asher was very personable, loyal and kind. Let’s not forget about the villain Marduk who was despicable to the bone.
Last but definitely not least we have Gavin, who is the right-hand man to Emmerich. He is a true romantic at heart who showed his feeling not only through his words but also his actions. Gavin stole my heart and never gave it back. I honestly could go on and on about my love for him but I will make do with sharing more than one of my favorite Gavin quotes 😍
” Gavin stared hard at his friend. Finally, he said, in a low, dangerous voice, “Slander her again and I will defend her honor.”
“I see the look in her eyes some days, Emmerich. No man will be able to hold her and have all her heart because she won’t be able to trust him.”
“But, I would like to try.”
Book one in the Stories of Lorst series, Clara, was an exciting journey that I am looking forward to continuing. I greatly enjoyed Suzanna J. Lintons writing style, from the fantastic world built to the depth she gave her characters. I would highly recommend this book to fantasy fans.