Damiana is the local safe-keeper who hears the secrets of others and holds them until they need to be spoken. Two children are born on the same night—one to Damiana and one to the king. The king’s child is delivered to Damiana to be raised as her own, and the two babies, Reed and Fiona, are treated as brother and sister. Fifteen years later on her deathbed, Damiana confides her own carefully concealed secret to Fiona, which has lasting consequences for Fiona and Reed.
Sharon Shinn has a very enjoyable writing style and creates stories that move quickly right from the first page. The revelation of Damiana’s secret occurs at the end of the story in a way that was not entirely satisfying, but prepares readers for the next two books in the series.