Merius is one of the reasons why I no longer dislike historical fiction. I know, I know, that is a terrible thing to say, but the truth must be said. Merius’s attitude transcends his time. One of the reasons why I’m not a particular fan of historical fiction is because many of the men treat the women like garbage (I know, I know (again) it is a thing of the time) and the women take it. Karen Nilsen did something wonderful when bringing Merius and Safire, his better witchy half, to the page; she found a way to make Merius a man of his time without writing him to act like the usual I’m-a-man-and-I’m-better-than-anything-in-a-skirt jerk.
I understand that there are probably other characters in historical fiction who fit the Merius’s behavioral description, but he is the only one I’ve read and believed could exist. He is a bit of a rebel; fine! he is the personification of nonconformity and I love that about him. I can’t wait to see what happens after Tapestry Lion.
Blurb: When Queen Jazmene of Sarneth assassinates her brother with the help of her lover Lord Toscar and the witch Undene, she hopes to gain control of her ancestral throne. However, the unexpected birth of an heir thwarts her plans . . . for the moment. When young witch artist Safire of Landers travels with her husband Merius to Sarneth, she no longer fears being burned at the stake. Unlike her homeland Cormalen, Sarneth allows witches to live and women to be artists. She revels in this newfound freedom, unaware that her ignorance of her own talents could prove fatal to those she loves. When Queen Jazmene takes an interest in Safire's sketches, it would seem to be an artist's dream come true. After all, who doesn't want a royal patron? But Jazmene is no ordinary patron, and Safire is no ordinary artist. Suddenly entangled in an intrigue of international proportions, Safire and Merius struggle to escape the web of deception before their situation becomes deadly. . .