Lilliane Tor, a renowned healer from Rimland, learns the cost of keeping her oath when she defies guild orders and saves the life of Jahnissim Hal Zev, a member of the nomadic and insular Tisreen. A fugitive from her own land, she escapes to Tisreen with Zev and enters a bewildering world of a rigid religion and culture, where women's roles are tightly controlled and political disputes are settled on the edge of a blade. And where hudessh, or The Divine obligation, is as binding as any healer's oath.
That Zev owes his life to a woman, and one who doesn't follow his beliefs challenges the foundations of his identity. When he finds evidence of an illegal slave trade poisoning the heart of both their countries, Zev must learn to trust Lilliane, working with her against a common evil. Their quest to unravel the truth and expose the trade threatens their lives, the stability of two governments, and the core of their own beliefs about one another.
I think it more captures the characters than my first iteration. What do you think? Would you read this book? Why/why not?