“Gabriel Delessan sends for a handmaiden and I am not really sure why? At the beginning of this book, Tranquilla Caden the Handmaiden of the order of Solace seems to have a time trying to figure out just exactly what it is that Gabriel wants of her. Apparently he has sent for her to help with his work because that is really where she seems to spend her time. She does clean the quarters that he does work in. She does spend a little time getting to know his son and brother, but this man's soul is guilty. His wife is mad from taking poison. His work as an alchemist allowed her to be around his lab. She took a poison, thinking it would just make her sick, but it just about killed her, and it left her mad. So Quilla's job is to give Gabriel solace from his guilt.
This book was a little slow. I liked Quilla alot. Gabriel made me mad. I loved his so Dane.”