2022’s Fire Heart is a coming-of-age secondary world fantasy novel.
Wehia t’Doniyat comes from a respectable family of knifesmiths in what may politely be deemed “the sticks.” Wehia could live a very respectable life following in the footsteps of her mother and aunts. However, Wehia wants to forge swords, a career not available in her village.
Conveniently for Wehia, she is related (if not terribly closely) to Hadana t’Tonali, a respected swordsmith in the City of Swords. Wehia is sufficiently ambitious that when Hadana agrees to consider Wehia as an apprentice, Wehia leaves family and home behind to travel to the City.
Success is in no way guaranteed.