Sapphire’s Grave by Hilda Gurley Highgate, Hardcover, Doubleday, 1st ed., 2002

I purchased this book back in December and cracked its pages for the first time over the weekend.  The book has a strong and powerful opening of a fierce, blue-black toned woman fighting the strange beasts she sees aboard a ship.  A few chapters into it and the writing remains strong with a mystical overtone.  The story could be made even stronger if the voices of the characters where allowed to tell their own story.  To deny them this makes the book read like a draft nearing its final stage. 

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