Sydelle has lived her whole life in a small desert village that has gone ten years without rain. So when a young wizard called Wayland North arrives bringing a rainstorm with him, the villagers hail him as a hero. In payment, North only wants one thing: Sydelle herself. Against her will, she must accompany him to the kingdom’s capital in hopes of averting a war with the neighboring nations. But what possible help can North be against this impending threat? And why does he need Sydelle’s help?
Since I read this book during the read-a-thon, perhaps I wasn’t paying close enough attention to the plot, but I was a bit confused by the whole thing. Sydelle has certain magical capabilities that are revealed in the course of the novel, so North’s reason for choosing her becomes clear; however, I still can’t figure out the villain’s motivations or the overall political picture. Basically, the world-building was not convincing for me. The romance also seemed to come out of nowhere, which was another source of confusion. Overall, this book is a standard quest fantasy, but I’ve read much better books using similar tropes. It’s not bad, but it’s not great either.