When an aspiring mage discovers that her goddess hasn’t granted her the gift of magic, she embarks on a quest to figure out why and undergoes terrible trials that test her faith.
She gave up everything to become a Salbine Sister, member of a religious order of powerful female mages. But when Maddy nearly dies while trying to draw forth elemental fire, she learns that Salbine has withdrawn from her the gifts every sister works to master. Feeling trapped in an order to which she no longer has any right to belong and believing herself unworthy of the love of Lillian, one of the most powerful mages in the sisterhood, Maddy begs the abbess to let her travel to another monastery to research her condition.
On her journey, Maddy’s faith in both herself and Salbine are tested to their limits.
Imagine that you’ve pledged your life to a goddess, and in return, you’re promised the gift of magic. After years of dedicated service, your time comes to receive this gift. But the goddess denies it to you. How would you feel? Would you be angry? Confused? Bitter? Would you continue to serve the goddess?
This is what Sister Maddy faces in The Salbine Sisters. When she discovers that her goddess has denied her the gift of magic, Maddy can no longer make sense of who she is and where she belongs. Then she finds out that a sister at another monastery experienced the same thing. Determined to read the journals the sister left behind when she died, Maddy leaves the safety of her monastery.
She never makes it to the other monastery. Terrible things happen to her along the way, things that test her faith and change her life in ways she never could have imagined.
The Salbine Sisters has lesbian main characters. Set in a medieval world, it’s about one woman’s personal quest to figure out how she fits into the world.
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