Tor, Dec 2002, 27.95, 528 pp.
Her ancestors the Sh'ari were once highly welcomed in peace by the Allemani for their healing skills, but eventually fell out of grace and slaughtered by the same people they helped. Brierly Mefell has lived in a cave to remain safe in a world that would kill her if anyone learned she is the last of the Sh'ari. Following her saving the wife of the Earl of Melfallen, whose position includes a vow to destroy the Sh'ari witches, Brierly is exposed.
Forced out of her cave, at the palace Brierly meets Megan, another descendent of the Sh'ari. Now she has a goal to find the scattered remnants of her people. To accomplish her quest, Sh'ari depends on her new benefactor the Earl to somehow end the witch-hunts. Though she saved his wife's life, she wonders if can she trust a noble whose job includes the killing of the Sh'ari for she fears she could be leading those she finds into death.
Though somewhat typical of the sub-genre, THE SEA LARK'S SONG, the sequel to MOTHER OCEAN, DAUGHTER SEA, is an exciting female fantasy tale that grips the reader from start to finish because the heroine is an extraordinary individual who both genders will admire. The story line never slows down as the audience tastes the dilemma that frightens Brierly, but does not deter her from ending the genocide and restoring her people to the place of honor they once held. New readers will appreciate this novel that can stand alone, but would gain much more by first reading Diana Marcellas' debut book.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner