The author and Goddess Fish Blog allowed me to read an ebook of this story for review (thank you). You can find a copy of this book available on Amazon and other ebook sites.
The story begins with Judith trying to recover from the death of her mentor, who was almost a mother to her. She probably would have sunk into depression if she didn't have Sarah to keep her moving. Shadows don't have emotions, so they can deal with loss more easily, you see.
Judith is an interesting character. Her mother was healer, but she died while Judith was young. Judith has a smattering of knowledge that is hidden by the business Elma runs, a perfume shop. All she knows to do is continue the business. She's glib with the men, loves them and leaves them. She is independent and stubborn. And she does care about people. That last characteristic gets her in trouble, because healing is forbidden. But how can she let babies die when she can help them?
There are several life changing events for Judith in this story. Her life is hard but she persists. It's a very interesting fantasy story that kept me intrigued. This is a mean world, but there is still love and hope. I think Judith is a lot like us. You just do what you need to for survival.
If you go for a walk with Judith through her world and on her journey, you'll be a bit changed at the end, too.