Stephen is aware of my penchant for strong female protagonists. Note the list of books at the top of my Azure Dwarf site on butt kicking female protagonists. Digressing, Person of Interest, the TV series is populated by some seriously strong female characters. Caring on for Stephen Zimmer's latest treat, Heart of a Lion is an excellent fantasy where Rayden Valkyrie is traveling home through many trials and tribulations.
Rayden is a no nonsense woman who takes her men by her choice and her's alone. She battles injustice as she sees it and internally philosophizes as she travels. She faces horrific danger with pragmatic good humor and depends on her wits and strength of arm to see her through her occasionally self destructive behavior.
The plot is intricate without being confusing. My only note of discord is that I felt her abandonment of Ammanus was out of character.
I highly recommend it.
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