Title: Misery’s Child
Author: J. Belinda Yandell
Series: Yes (#1 of the Cadian Chronicles)
Category: Drama / Historical Fiction / Mystery
Length: 198 pages
My Rating: 8/10
The novel follows the almost Medieval sounding adventures of a group of territories, most notably, the house of the vidor (ruler) of the land of Kirrisian . Every noble family is supposed to prepare one daughter to be consecrated to offer to the Shallan for choice. When the Shallan chooses a wife, he keeps her for six summers, and requires a male child to be born. Whether the woman births a male child or not, she becomes a cadia, and is taken care of for the rest of her life, as well as her family is given honor; however, she may choose to return to her home after her 6 summers are up.
The vidor, Rowle, or Kirrisian, has a daughter named Lillitha that is being prepared for consecration. She is to be given one tenth of all that the family has (as a tithe to Oman), and is only allowed out of her tower if she is covered head to toe in veils and skirts. Her life consists of rituals required by Yannamarie, who dilligently teaches her how to be refined and completely consecrated.
The younger sister, Marta, is jealous of Lillitha’s special treatment, although she knows she is allowed to do things that Lillitha can never even dream of being able to do. The oldest born, a male named Jonil, has perished from his rogue-ish ways. Also, Lillitha has a childhood crush, Prince Scearce, whom she has not seen in ages, and stopped writing to her suddenly, and inexplicably.
The time comes for the families and citizens to make the pilgrimage to Oman Teret, the home of the cadia and the Shallan. Will Lillitha be chosen? She is both excited and nervous, frightened, and doubtful by the time she actually makes it there. Between rogues, murder, riots, and many other harmful things for her family… In the end, what will it all come to?
In my opinion, the book was pretty great. I’m not usually in to historical fiction, but the Cadia and the customs of this fictitious land were quite engaging to the mind. I could almost feel Lillitha’s anguish, fear, loss, dreams, and hopes. I am definitely looking forward to the sequels!