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The Naming

3/5. Epic fantasy. Young girl is rescued from slavery and turns out to not only be magical but also the key to defeating the rising dark.

Things this book has:
• Original poetry by the author as epigraphs
• An interest in tracking when the heroine gets her period
• Swords with names
• Evil people whose evil is marked by their gender politics
• A prophecy.

And I liked it? IDK, here I was just speculating that I can't read epic fantasy anymore, and along comes this, so straight-faced, so Lord of the Rings with menstruation, so thematically significant weather and loving descriptions of the stones in everyone's magical rings, and I liked it.

Also published as The Gift

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