Alianne, or Aly, daughter of the warrior queen Alanna the Lioness is chosen by the trickster god Kyprioth to serve as his secret agent and a slave for a year in the embattled Copper Isles. There the dark-skinned natives, or raka, have been conquered and crushed by the laurin, light-skinned people from the mainland. The burning raka resentment is fueled by prophecies of a twice royal queen who will free them, aided by the “wise one, the cunning one, the strong one, the warrior, and the crows.” Aly plots to show her skill at spying as she flirts with the god and is courted by Nawat, a crow transformed into a handsome young man, who is puzzled when she rejects his attempts to mate-feed her with grubs and ants.
Fans of Alanna rejoice! Meet Aly, Alanna’s strong and funny daughter. This is another girl that is not afraid to go after what she wants, take charge of her destiny, and change the future for all those around her. Full of all the things that make the Alanna series wonderful, this book is also highly recommended. – Jessica, Teen Librarian