Outcaste is here, and the reviews are already coming in. Here is one of my favorite comments so far:
The characters of Rahel and Mouse are so beautifully described. Rahel with an unshakeable belief that she will, at some point, get where she wants; and Mouse with such an opposing view — of the futility of having dreams.
Dreams — having them, pursuing them, giving them up, being gifted with them — are at the heart of this story. It’s not an oversight that there are two chapters titled “Dreams.” An entire lifetime passes between those chapters, and the dreams in question lead in different directions.
Rahel Sayana is a protagonist who is not high-born or powerful or extra gifted…yet she is special in the way that all of us can be if we hold on to our dreams and go after them with everything we have. She makes mistakes — big ones! — but her heart is always in the right place, and that heart draws a varied cast of supporting characters who help her on her way. As one of those characters says:
“We live many lives in our time here on Alsea. Hopefully, when we Return, we have a great deal to show for the way we spent our days. I like to think that when it’s my turn to speak to Fahla and tell her what I did with the time she gave me, she will not be bored by the tale.”
Outcaste is a story of the many lives of Rahel Sayana, an ordinary mid empath with big dreams. I think Fahla will not be bored by her tale.