In this second book of AB's fantasy trilogy, Ari the young witch who took centre stage is now relatively safe and the action settles on a whole host of new characters; both human, witch and Fae. Aiden; Lord of Song, Lyrra; the Muse and Morag; the Gatherer (of souls) are ostracised by the other Fae for their quest to save the witches; the arrogant Fae unwilling to admit there are other beings who rival them in power.
As the corruption spreads from the South into the East, a new group of witches find themselves threatened and find help in unexpected places. The Eastern Fae are introduced, and they are very different from the likes of Lucian and Dianna, whilst the malevolent Witch's Hammer and his band of Inquisitors continue on with their quest to destroy all witches and crush the independence and spirit found in the women of the East.
Again there is action all the way, deeply emotive scenes and characters who grab hold of your heart and don't let go. This author can produce truly memorable moments with her written words in the most unlikely of scenes and arouse a remarkable range of emotions from the reader. Dark in places (as always from AB) and thrilling, this second book is part of a gripping, original trilogy on par with her wonderful "Black Jewels" books.
on 25 April 2003
If you enjoyed the first trilogy - Black Jewels - then you certainly won't be disappointed by this new trilogy (as yet incomplete). The backdrop is a world peopled with humans, witches and the Fae - or the Faerie, as they're traditionally called - Bishop has reworked the old Celtic legends. This is the second book in the series and just as good as the first one - if not better actually - which many thought was a stand alone. The focus widens from Ari to encompass the "hidden" Fae Clans... Won't say more, go buy it.
on 28 July 2011
I'm not usually one for reading everything written by the same author no matter how good some of their books are but Anne Bishop creates some pretty powerful and compulsive worlds and the Tir Alainn trilogy is no exception. Exciting, fast paced with a whole host of desirable and destestable characters. The first half of Pillars of Light I read with interest but it soon turned into an obsession and I finished the trilogy within two days. I couldn't possibly do this trilogy justice by summarising it for the benefit of this review but for those who've read the Black Jewels Trilogy, you can expect an intricate set of rules set in a magically enhanced world that are just made to be broken by an extremely powerful witch. Fantasy lovers couldn't really ask for more.