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
Pamela Freeman (Author)
Pamela Freeman is an award-winning author for adults and children. She has a Doctorate of Creative Arts from the University of Technology, Sydney. Her historical novel THE BLACK DRESS won the NSW Premier's History Prize in 2006 and her non-fiction book DESERT LAKE: THE STORY OF KATI THANDA-LAKE EYRE, illustrated by Liz Anelli, was shortlisted for the 2017 NSW Premier's Literary Awards and the Wilderness Society's Environment Award for Children's Literature, and was a Notable Book in two categories in the 2017 Children's Book Council of Australia Book Awards. Pamela lives in Sydney with her husband and their son, and teaches at the Australian Writers' Centre.
Sophie Beer (Illustrator)
Sophie Beer is an award-winning illustrator living in Brisbane. Sophie adores creating bright, fun designs with generous helpings of narrative and is particularly interested in children's illustration. Revelling in colour, shape and texture, she lives by one simple rule: art should never be boring. Sophie was the winner of the 2016 SCBWI Penguin/Random House Portfolio award.