You Are Mine
by Janeal Falor
Serena is a woman in a man's world. Men own and run everything. Women are property who must either give birth to warlocks or become "tarnished". The tarnished are magically spelled to be bald, tattooed, and barren forever. It is the job of the tarnished to serve the magical community.
At seventeen, Serena is taken to be tested to see how strong her blood is and how much potential she has to produce powerful warlocks. Once tested, she is sold to a cruel warlock master for marriage. Serena knows her life will never be good for her.
But when fate hands her into the arms of a barbarian warlock from another land, Serena sees that there may be other options available to her.
Maybe she doesn't have to live in fear of being beaten and hexed to the end of her days.
Final thoughts: Original world with some fascinating ideas. Reading about the complete subjugation of women became difficult at times, but it was nice to read Serena's gradually changing views of her own life. The romance aspect felt a little forced at time, but I really liked Zade as a character. The end of the book felt a little rushed and didn't quite fit in with the rest of the story.