Unquiet Land (Elemental Blessings #4)
Ace / November 1, 2016 / $26.00 print, $12.99 digital
Leah Frothen has returned home to rebuild the life she’s avoided for years. But she can scarcely catch her breath before she is summoned to meet with the regent, Darien Serlast, the man who made her a spy. Leah is reluctant to take on a new assignment, but Darien has dangled the perfect lure to draw her in...
Leah finds she enjoys the challenges of opening a shop catering to foreign visitors, especially since it affords her the opportunity to get to know Mally, the child she abandoned five years ago. Leah is simultaneously thrilled, terrified, hopeful, moved, and almost undone as she slowly attempts to become part of her daughter’s life.
But when the regent asks her to spy on ambassadors from a visiting nation, she develops a dangerous friendship with a foreign woman and finds herself falling in love with a man from her past. Soon Leah learns that everyone—her regent, her lover, and even her daughter—have secrets that could save the nation, but might very well break her heart.
Sharon Shinn has many strengths as a writer, but one of her biggest must certainly be her world-building abilities. In her Samaria novels, her Twelve Houses books, and most recently her Elemental Blessings series, she creates vibrant and magical universes that are wholly relatable while being just exotic enough to be interesting.