Just finished reading Trudi Canavan’s Priestess of the White. Have to say that I’ve really enjoyed it. She has brought together so many memorable characters and interwoven their stories that you just can’t put the book down. Stories really make you think about the parallels between the situations in the book and real life. How often have we heard about one group not trusting another or casting aspersions on another’s beliefs or customs?
The story follows Auraya who has just been named as a Priestess of the White, who is required to serve as a sword and shield of the gods – one of only five so honoured. She is tested throughout the book by both internal conflicts with her relationship with an outcast sect of sorcerer-healers, her vision of what the the outcast sect of sorcerer-healers can teach the priests/priestesses of the White and having her unique abilities tested so early on with ambassadorial duties for the White.
She is further tested when a powerful and mysterious black-clad sorcerer appears whose singular purpose is the annihilation of the White. The White realise that this sorcerer is not alone and that it would take all their abilities to defeat him.
Have enjoyed reading the story and could really sympathise with Auraya’s dilemma where she sees the treatment of the Dreamweaver’s as wrong, believes that there is a lot that they can teach the priests and priestesses that follow the White and her love for a Dreamweaver which pits her against her fellow White and could ultimately distroy her. I’m looking forward to reading the next one in the series which is Last of the Wilds.