Unable to bear the child that will cure her of her magic powers, Tamai must leave her people and serve them in the outer world by convincing the British to defend them from the encroaching Russians. Original....
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I don't know if this book was better than book 1 (which I don't think I even finished; why did I read the sequel?) or if I'm more patient. This book did lack the hysterical obsession with child-bearing of the protagonist in the first book (I think I in fact dropped it at the point at which she is literally screaming about how women without children are worthless) but was still overly gendered for my taste.I also didn't especially care about any of the characters, although I did appreciate that Ball resisted the temptation to give them more acceptable modern values and tried to envision points of view that would have been in line with the cultures they are supposed to come from. The ending I found extremely disappointing. I can't fathom why the author decided to (view spoiler)[ magically change time so that everything that had happened up to this point was undone and altered (hide spoiler)] when she had any number of other options. I'm tempted to take off a star for that ending.Not awful, but I doubt I'll read more Ball.
In the land of the Hindu Kush there's a land where women rule, and bear magic. It's a land straight out of Rudyard Kipling with a Britain trying to help defend from encroaching Russians. The Briton doesn't believe in magic and don't believe women can have power but she's determined to prove them wrong.It's an interesting homage to Kipling and a fun story of culture clash and magical workings.
Great Britain's colonial mysogeny meets more than capable women.