Astrid thinks she’s a monster and hides the scars covering her body. As a child she’s sold as to a blacksmith in a far northern town and meets DiStephan, a young boy training to be a dragonslayer like his father. The blacksmith teaches her how to use magic to hide her scars and trains her in his art. Astrid falls in love with the craft – and in love with DiStephan. Then one day, DiStephan disappears and a new dragonslayer comes to town, bringing with him change. But with the destruction of her village, Astrid starts to question who she is and where she came from, leading to a quest of self-discovery.
I loved this story! It drew me in and hooked me. I stayed up late reading it. Astrid’s character while starting out thinking she’s a monster and unsure of her past, comes to love and appreciate herself. In her quest to save the survivors of her village, she learns the truth of her past, and must come to terms with it and make the choice of who she wants to be. She’s strong, courageous, and vulnerable—all the things a good heroine needs to be. I look forward to reading the next story in the series.