Books : reviews

Caitlin Sweet.
The Pattern Scars.
ChiZine Publications. 2011

Nola is born into poverty in Sarsenay, a prosperous northern land where the exploits of long-dead heroes still resonate. She spends her girlhood as a brothel seer, imagining a life at the castle, where she would prophesy for king and court. This seems impossible until she meets a handsome and enigmatic man—a castle seer who promises to help her realize her dream. Instead, he draws her into a web of murder and treachery, of obsessive desires and ancient, forbidden rites that will threaten not just her, but also the land and people she loves.