On an isolated mountain top, Irene Gueri, a widowed healer, plies her trade. She faces adversaries in the Church and countless slurs from neighbors who mistrust a lady physician, who lost her husband and crafts her potions from articles collected in dark hours before the dawn.
And then, an invader stampedes through town, seizing the role of governor and imprisoning Irene’s countrymen. Will she survive this terror with her business intact? Can she protect her only son? And what about the newly minted alchemist, who arrived among the invader’s raiding party . .
The Peddler of Wisdom
Enormous decisions await, and great danger as friends, neighbors, and even the tools of Irene’s workshop rise, enchanted, into the fray of war