Enjoyable light fantasy. Lowell always writes well -- clear, straightforward, enough detail and background to support the story but not overwhelm it. He does a good job of writing about a middle aged woman dealing with the beginning of menopause and the development of some unexpected abilities while traveling about the countryside collecting herb lore.
As with his Golden Age of the Solar Clipper series, Lowell doesn't do overly dramatic or herculean. He writes about simple ordinary people dealing with fairly ordinary -- for their society -- problems and situations. With maybe just a little hiccup of the extraordinary, like the ability to see through the eyes of a raven. But the characters are so real and likeable.
A good read. I will definitely buy the next one if he makes a series of it.