My Rating: 4 Stars
Description: THE VENGEFUL GODDESS DEMANDS HER TITHE
a stowaway is discovered aboard the merchant ship Kulap Kanya, Munny, a
cabin boy on his first voyage, knows what must be done. All stowaways
are sacrificed to Risafeth, the evil goddess of the sea. Such is her
right, and the Kulap Kanya's only hope to return safely home.
to the horror of his crew, Captain Sunan vows to protect the stowaway, a
foreigner in clown's garb. A curse falls upon the ship and all who sail
with her, for Risafeth will stop at nothing to claim her tithe.
Will Munny find the courage to trust his captain and to protect the strange clown who has become his friend?
My Thoughts: This story goes into one of Lionheart's adventures during his travels that is not described in the novels. Though it is told from Munny's perspective, Lionheart is a central character. The moment I realized that he was in this novella, I think I might have screamed... and scared my dog.
The new culture described in this novella, that of seafarers, was amazing and added a new depth to the world of The Tales of Goldstone World. The action was brilliant and some of Lionheart's comments were hilarious.
My one complaint was that it was not long enough. There were a few things that felt as though they should have been explained better or had their own plot twist (the peonies for example). Perhaps they will make an appearance in a later novel? (Looks as Anne Elisabeth in question).