Before starting this book, I had thought how much fun it would be to develop an unlikely friendship between two radically different females—Tyla a gnome, and Tina Ann, a deformed, genetically altered gnome called a breghlin. Not only are their appearances different, Tyla does research and runes translation at Elantoth Fortress, and Tina Ann works in the kitchen. Tyla is levelheaded and staid. Tina Ann is uncouth and unpredictable. Before long, the developing friendship between this unlikely pair drives a wedge between Tyla and her real sister, Arenia. I enjoyed watching this relationship unfold as the book progressed, and I think readers will, too.
So, despite all the fascinating plot points I had hoped to work into my blurb, Tyla and Tina Ann’s friendship took center stage. I have no idea what readers will call the female equivalent of a bromance, but I’ve given fantasy fiction two very memorable friends who share a sister-like bond.