The Casting Trilogy is set in a pre-industrial society in a North European-style landscape. The main characters are Bramble, an independent and endearing young woman, and Ash a most surprising leading man.
Bramble, a village girl whose grandfather is a Traveller, witnesses a warlord s man wound a wolf in the woods. She tracks down the animal and puts it out of its misery. The man finds out and confronts her, and in self-defence Bramble kills him and steals his horse. Worried that the warlord will discover her crime and threaten her family, she takes to the Road.
Ash is a young man, also a Traveller, who has recently left the Road which he travelled with his musician parents. They have found him an apprenticeship with a safe guarder house in Turvite, the largest town in the region. Safe guarders are part security guards, part mercenaries. Ash s story begins when he kills a young woman one night a thief who is trying to kill him. The murder throws his life into turmoil and he decides he needs to find another career or set out on the Road once more.
And so the story of Bramble and Ash begins
appeal to fans of Robin Hobb, as like Hobb s books it is a work on a large canvas - Australian Bookseller + Publisher
Blood Ties has the feel of Ursula le Guin s fantasy novels if you are weary of sword battles with sorcerers and intrigued by dark motivations, this is a wonderfully satisfying series to read. - aurealisXpress
an impressively different fantasy novel - Sydney Morning Herald
a satisfying diversion from formula-based fantasy. Freeman s characters have real depth - Adelaide Advertiser
lovers of traditional fantasy will devour it. - Good Reading
intriguing - Daily Telegraph