by Erica F Verrillo
Elissa has lived in the valley with the healing woman for her whole life. She does not know who her parents were and Nana has never spoken of them. Elissa has learned not to ask questions about her past, so it is shock when her father, a nobleman, turns up one evening to claim her and take her away. At first, Elissa is thrilled to finally learn who she is, but her father proves just as taciturn as Nana. Elissa discovers that her father has only claimed her to use as a bargaining chip in marriage to a Khan. Elissa must use her wits and her power of talking to animals to escape the destiny her father has planned for her and set out on a quest to find and claim her true identity.