Niv’leana: The Sign of Alchemy Book 1 by Robert Oliver
Niv'leana has spent her whole life under the beautiful canopy of The Jeweled Woods. Now, as a restless young woman, she longs for adventure, knowing there's more to life than her closed group of family and friends. When a mysterious older woman visits, Niv's previously undetected magical gifts surface. After these powers save her brother from certain death, Niv knows she must travel to Selendis and explore her destiny, despite it taking her far from the safety of home. Shareis, a member of the mysterious feminine Proctor race, has one mission: Capture Niv'leana for Vorea, the evil sorceress bent on dominating the continent. But fate has other plans when Niv and Shareis find themselves in a common battle with the help of a band of warriors they’ve collected along the way. In the midst of their budding attraction, Niv and Shareis fight to stop the malicious reign of Vorea, and carve out a life together with their unexpected love and growing relationships with old and new allies.