Clariel wants nothing more than to return to the Great Forest she loves so much and where she feels at home. When her mother, a goldsmith of the finest sort, is asked to move to the city of Belisaere, they must go. Clariel can think of nothing else but finding a way to go back. This brings her nothing but trouble. As one of the Charter Mages told her, "A passion thwarted will oft go astray."
Though Clariel wants nothing to do with the carefully controlled Charter Magic, she does end up making use of the unpredictable and addictive Free Magic. She has undiscovered power and once forced to use it, finds it hard to stop, even if it means never returning to the Great Forest.
I don't always feel I need to read every book in a series, but reading the prequel first, I am now anxious to read the first book in this series.
Recommended for 7th and above. Review by Mrs. Belknap