FINALLY! By that I mean finally someone has put into words exactly how I feel about this book. THere have been far too many reviewers commenting on the fact that it could have done with a lot of editing, that it takes ages to get to the Glencoe massacre etc etc, but what these people forget is that Corrag is not meant to be historic fiction - it is moreover a love story, with the historic event and people entwined within. And to those saying it could have done with editing, Corrag repeats herself etc etc I say this. Surely what Fletcher has done is depict with utter accuracy the dialogue of a young woman who has just witnessed so many atrocities, had her heart shattered, seen the place and people (the first people since her mother) who have accepted her for who she is all destroyed. Add to this the fact that she is in a cold, damp cell recounting the story to a priest on a daily basis surely readers and reviewers understand that Corrag's voice is a true representation of how anyone would speak if in that position - you too may well go over some feelings, say some things again as the days go by and death comes closer.
I also adored this book and am so sad that it is over. Every smell, sight and sound that Corrag experienced, I experienced too and I was desperate for the story to continue to find out where she went and what she did! Fletcher captures what is an incredibly special part of the Scottish Highlands with accuracy, passion and magic and transports the reader into the heart of this region.
In my opinion, Susan Fletcher is one of THE best authors around at the moment and I am already looking forward to her next book.