So, you have been charged with saving a slave by buying her, and ...You have also been charged with defeating a Fire disciple. Except the newly bought slave is really a sorceress whose magic is, like Samson, in her hair, and she doesn't believe she really is a slave. But they reaally do like each other, even if he is a wimp, a stupid wimp, so there you have it.
I was told by a Professor some many moons ago that it was not the story but the telling that really counts, and this really proves his point of view.
I wait patiently for Book two.