Adaem: (Ah-dehmˊ): Captain of The Navigator. From Aldestowe. Husband of Gytha of Bury Down Father of Natalje Grandfather of Claris and “Mother” Great-grandfather of Megge and Brighida Agnes Gough: (Agnes Goff): Conjurer Mother of Michael and Jenifer Grandmother of Harold, Vivienne, and Gwyneth Penneck Aleydis: (Ah-leeˊ-dis): huntress. From Aldestowe. Daughter of Beatrix Couper. Sister of Arjen Aunt of Claris and “Mother” Great-aunt of Brighida and Megge Alf: Shepherd and shearer Amice: Orphan from the North Coast Anwen: Huntress from Tintagel Scribe and protector of the writings of Murga Arjen: Stonemason, builder, artist. From Aldestowe Former holder of The Book of Seasons Son of Beatrix Couper. Brother of Aleydis Husband of Natalje Father of Claris and “Mother” Grandfather of Megge and Brighida Beatrix Couper: Midwife and conjurer Mother of Arjen and Aleydis Grandmother of Megge and Brighida Sister of Egbert Couper (“Roon”) Brighida: (Bri-geeˊ-dah): Apprentice seer Heir to The Book of Time Daughter of Claris, cousin of Megge Britlen: Daughter of Kaatje and Tinker Brother James: Benedictine monk Physician/surgeon trained by Megge’s mother Bryluen: (Bree-looˊ-en) Apprentice to Murga Gregory Carver: Master carpenter Husband of Claris Claris: Seer of Bury Down, Holder of The Book of Time Mother of Brighida Twin sister of “Mother” Aunt of Megge Widow of Gregory Carver Colluen: (Cah-looˊ-en): Blacksmith. Rejected apprentice to Murga, the Seer of Bury Down Derwa: mother of Gytha A Mentor. Former holder of The Book of Time (Lowenna, in a former life) Dora Tucker: Shopkeeper Wife of Gus Edmund: Second Earl of Cornwall (reign: 1272-1300) Husband of Margaret de Clare, Countess of Cornwall Egbert Couper (“Rudh”): Brother of Beatrix Uncle of Arjen and Aleydis Elizabeth: Lady-in-waiting to Lady Margaret Ffion: Former “Nursemaid” to Kaatje Sister of Morwen Francis Penneck: Carter Husband of Jenifer Gough Father of Tinker, Harold, and Gwyneth George Gynneys: Herder, shearer Father of Alf Gregory Carver: Master carpenter Deceased husband of Claris Gus Tucker: Weaver, tucker, wool merchant Husband of Dora Gwyneth Penneck: Daughter of Francis and Jenifer Penneck Sister of Harold and Vivienne Half-sister of Tinker Gytha: former Seer of Bury Down and counselor to Earl Richard of Cornwall Former holder of The Book of Time Wife of Adaem Mother of Natalje Grandmother of Claris and “Mother” Great-grandmother of Megge and Brighida Harold Penneck: Assistant carter Son of Francis and Jenifer Gough Penneck Brother of Vivienne and Gwyneth Half-brother of Tinker Hugh Caerlin: Herder Son of Lowenna Brother of Martyn Irene: Wife of Odo Holder of The Book of Time in eleventh century A Mentor (Lowenna, in a former life) Jago: Field hand Patient of Brother James Jenifer GoughPenneck: Daughter of Agnes Gough, sister of Michael Gough Second wife of Francis Penneck Mother of Harold, Vivienne, and Gwyneth Penneck Step-mother of Tinker Penneck Kaatje: Wife of Tinker Penneck Mother of Britlen Daughter of Agnes Gough Sister of Michael Gough Mister Kendall: Surgeon at Restormel Castle Lady of the Cliffs: Began life as Atropos Goddess-turned-mortal Deathbringer-turned-Healer Lowenna Caerlin: Homemaker Mother of Hugh and Martyn Margaret, Countess of Cornwall: Wife of Edmund, Second Earl of Cornwall Martyn Caerlin: Weaver Son of Lowenna Brother of Hugh Megge: (Meggie): herder, shearer, apprentice weaver Heir to The Book of Seasons Daughter of “Mother”: healer, midwife Niece of Claris, Cousin of Brighida Michael Gough: (Michael Goff): Blacksmith Son of Agnes and Robert Gough Brother of Jenifer Gough Penneck and Kaatje Morwen: Bard and shearer Companion of Megge Guardian of the Books “Mother”: Healer of Bury Down, midwife Holder of The Book of Seasons Mother of Megge Sister of Claris, aunt of Brighida No first name. Addressed as Mistress, Mother, Sister, Aunt, Niece Widow of stone mason Murga: First Seer of Bury Down Natalje: (Nă-talˊ-ee) Former holder of The Book of Time Wife of Arjen Mother of Claris and her unnamed twin sister (“Mother”) Grandmother of Megge and Brighid Nellie Trelawney: shopkeeper, wife of the village potter Neville Angwin: Stonemason’s apprentice Odo: Manor lord of Bury Down in mid-eleventh century, at the time of the Norman conquest Husband of Irene Polly Pounfrect: Governess at Restormel Castle Richard, First Earl of Cornwall (reign: 1257-1272) Son of John, King of England Father of Edmund, Second Earl of Cornwall Robert Angwin: Stone mason Robert Gough (Goff): Blacksmith Deceased husband of Agnes Gough Father of Michael Gough Tinker Penneck: Son of Francis Penneck and Francis’s first wife (deceased) Half-brother of Harold and Gwyneth Penneck Husband of Kaatje Father of Britlen Vivienne Penneck: Daughter of Jenifer Penneck and Gregory Carver Vitale Magor: artist (deceased). Former holder of The Book of Seasons Father of Arjen Husband of Beatrix Couper
Megge is a protagonist easy to fall in love with, to root for, to worry about, and when dark forces enter her world, Kightlinger’s storytelling abilities shine.
shot through with dramatic tension that is certain to keep readers turning the pages, It's a full, satisfying novel that will, at the end, leave you hungry for the next installment." David Anthony Durham, author of Pride of Carthage and the Acacia trilogy