A young woman is faced with betraying her people in order to save them.
A brutal no-magic fantasy with lots of deep themes, action and some romance. Setting is Pacific Northwest-ish, features all new races. Can't stress "brutal" enough on this one.
The totalitarian, witch-like Great Mother sends her warriors, unprovoked, against a sister tribe for religious reasons. The story deals mostly the warrioress Ori as she struggles to protect her younger sister and preserve her people while being simultaneously confronted with the brutality and illogic of their religion. It's about personal growth and independence, familial and romantic love, patriotism and the dangers of fanaticism.
While I purposefully left the Besti vague in form, I am curious to know how readers respond and what others think they look like (and whether or not anyone cared ;-). For the curious, Besti are almost all female and thus, the cast is heavily female.