The Fire of a Found Heart by Linda P. Baker
My rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Asha is deciding whether to take up his father’s spear of leadership after falling in battle at the hands of elves, before going on a spirit walk at night which is somewhat taboo to their fire oriented religion. As he walks it begins raining earlier in the year than usual and he gets lost before getting knocked out. Asha wakes up in the morning and is captured by elves and taken to their camp where he attempts to bluff his way out but is sentenced to death. However the son of the elf chieftain saves his life then escorts him to their border. Asha and the elf talk about the events leading to his father’s death then Asha learns why the elf saved him, as they have the same birthmark which makes them soulmates. Asha claims his tribe’s leadership and says there will be no war.
The magic systems and religions of the humans and elves were unique, the narrative had potential but things just didn’t seem to jell.