Cursed follows Jaob the leader of a clan of displaced tribal nomads, facing prejudice and violence. This group has undergone a physical change that imbues them with powers that are not easily controlled, leaving their families and neighbors to believe they are cursed and should be banished or worse. He rescues them and offers them a place of peace among others like them. He must keep them and their village, New Hope, hidden from those who would hunt them.
Aya is a young woman, who realizes as she is about to become betrothed, that she wants more from her life than typical tribal existence offers. A series of events causes her to become an outcast and leads her to New Hope, but she finds that she may not be welcome among fellow outcasts either. To make things worse she is being pursued by an evil king for some unknown purpose. She must find her power and convince those around her that she is not what they think.
This is truly a novel experience in fantasy fiction. It took me a while to size my thinking to this world, it might have done with a little back story. However, it is a solid read from cover to cover. The main characters were easy to become invested in and the mystery was enough to keep me turning pages. There is so much history latent in the real mystery of this story that I can’t wait to come back and see what happens in the next installments.
This Bookworm awards “Cursed:Traitor’s Trail” 4 Tomes
I gratefully received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review
Goodreads Summary: Aya Du-Mara knew that life on the steppes was dangerous, but life on the steppes after being banished from clan and family was deadly. What was she supposed to do now? And if she had to be cursed, couldn’t there be some kind of consolation? Of course not, in fact her only reward was a power she didn’t want, one that was going to get her killed. And hunted.
Her only refuge is to trust the very people she had been raised to fear. Victims of the curse…the damned, if legend can be believed. But, unfortunately, they have their own problems. Big ones.
Someone was going to have to sort that out. Why did she have a feeling that someone was going to have to be her?