Elissa's Quest (Phoenix Rising Trilogy) by Erica Verrillo
My husband just picked this book randomly from the library and brought it home. When I first saw it I thought to myself, "Hmmm. That looks familiar. I think I might have read it." But nothing sounded familiar in the description so I decided to read it again. About halfway through the book I realized that I had read it, and I had better finish the book and write a review or the same thing would probably happen again.
Both times I read the book, I really enjoyed it. The story was fun and entertaining, and the characters were believable. I think that this series has real potential and could very well become worth owning at one point in time.
Description:Elissa was an outsider in her childhood home of High Crossing. She was abandoned at birth and left to the care of the local healer. Because of her unsure parentage, the townspeople ignored Elissa. In her solace, she soon learned that she had the gift of animal speaking and turned to the local animals for companionship. When an unknown noble comes to town, claiming to be the High Lord and Elissa's father, she hopes that she has finally found her place in the world. However, Elissa's father only sees her as a bargaining chip that might help him win a war, and was planning on trading her to the Khan for troops. The khan has no intention of ever returning Elissa to her father, but instead plans on marrying her once she comes of age. To escape the Khan and help save the people under his dominion, Elissa must use her gifts and put an end to his tyranny.