You Are Mine by Janeal Falor provides us with a very stylized world in which the “ownership” of women is a well established fact and our protagonist feels compelled to break the rules in an attempt at preventing herself from falling victim to this policy.
The book was interesting, but the callousness of the warlocks and their rituals seemed “over the top” and added more as one more thing that the civilized reader would hold against the warlocks. And the barbarians? From the readers perspective the barbarians are actually the more civilized, causing our heroine, Serena, to wonder whether or not the stories she has heard are true.
While the book does a good job of helping us understand how decades of institutionlized abuse and wholesale ownership of women, well, people in general, can do a good job of warping one’s perspective, the sudden realization that there is an underground in place to help people like her seems to lack standing within the novel. A few more hints, earlier on, of trouble in society would have gone a long way towards setting a better base upon which to build the finale.
Overall, however, the book was a good read and kept me entertained throughout.