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This book is the first in the Jewelfire trilogy by Freda Warrington. This series of books is an excellent fantasy adventure showing real imagination in setting the scenes and plot lines, however the real strength in Freda Warrington's writing is the depth of her characters.
The Amber Citadel begins when Ysomir is taken away from a small village as a conscription by the king. Her boyfriend Lynden, sister Tanthe and Lynden's brother Rufryd follow in an attempt to rescue her back.
The characters soon find themselves involved with strange events including an increasingly mad king, a shape-changing race called Bhahdradomen who were thought to be exiled and another elusive race, the Aelyr, who had all but exiled themselves.
This book is very engaging and fast moving. There are many different stories to tell and subplots involved but it is so well written that you never forget who the characters are or lose track of what is going on.
I would thoroughly recommend this book and the next two in the trilogy, The Sapphire Throne and The Obsidian Tower.