Laurel is a young wizard who is sent away from her aunt’s house to gain control of her magic before she burns something down. Her uncle (the aunt’s brother, not her husband) is a great wizard and while he can teach Laurel to control her magic, he doesn’t manage to teach her any personal self-discipline. The book is full of Laurel’s bad choices that endanger or emotionally hurt other people.
This book took me a while to get into. In fact, I pushed myself to get to page 29, where I stayed for a month and a half before picked it back up. Once I started it back, though, I finished it one day. I’m not sure if it’s something about the book itself that didn’t hold my interest or if I had just OD’ed on fantasy books before I started this one.
At first, I liked Laurel and was on her side against her controlling, social-climbing aunt, but by the end of the book, I didn’t like her much.
I didn’t find out until I’d finished this book that it’s the second in a series. The first book, The Wizard’s Son is about Laurel’s cousin Orlan. If you’ve read any of my reviews, you know that I hate to read books out of order. In this case, though, I won’t be bothering to read The Wizard’s Son. Maiden in Light just didn’t draw me in enough. The middle of the story was great, but instead of taking either of the expected directions for the story, the author takes an unexpected third and the story goes off on a tangent from there. I don’t like to post spoilers, but I don’t think this is a spoiler; more of a correction. The blurb on the back of the book makes it sound like this is a bit of a romance, but it’s really not.
The author may have plans for the next book that make sense of the choices in this one, but this reader won’t bother to find out.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.