Sixteen-year-old Lark Carew is happiest close to home, tending her garden and gathering herbs for medicines. But when her Sight warns her that monsters called Troths will soon invade her village, Lark is summoned on a journey to seek help from the legendary Riders of Tarnec. Little does she suspect that one of the Riders, Gharain, is the very man who has haunted her visions. Or that the people of Tarnec have called her there for another reason: Lark is the Guardian of Life, the first of four Guardians who must awaken their powers to recover four stolen amulets. Together, the amulets—Life, Death, Dark, and Light—keep the world in Balance. To take back the Life amulet, Lark will have to discover her true inner strength and give in to a love that she swears will be her downfall.
As I mentioned in the comments while reading this, Lark Rising is a lovely little fantasy novel if you can get past Ye Olde English style of writing, which I found quite jarring in the beginning. However, a few chapters in and I ceased to notice the writing style, and I’m grateful that I didn’t give up reading after the first couple of pages.
Lark Rising doesn’t offer anything particularly new in terms of plot – shy girl gets selected for Very Important Quest, and on the way meets Boy Who Is Destined To Kill Her, as they Battle Bad Outside Forces in order to Save The World. But I really enjoyed the way everything flowed together, and was fully absorbed in this story of nature-inspired magic, awakening powers and the notions of duty, strength and sacrifice.