Wolf Tower by Tanith Lee

The first of a 4 book series. Claidi is a handmaiden servant to a self-involved and sadistic mistress. Eventually, the routine of the quiet and isolated Garden she was raised in is disturbed… forcing her out into the forbidding wastes.

It’s a novel filled with exploration–and true exploration, not conquest. Claidi is young and sheltered in a world that doesn’t make allowances for it.

She’s a good companion and interesting to explore the world with. It’s a blazing fast read; I’ll pick up the next three books and expect to gobble them down quickly.