Maelan’s granddaughter, Orlangh, against her grandfather’s will risks all by falling in love with the bard Temuirr who later betrays her with others. This is a beautifully written book, with a well-formed plot, full of drama, humour and imagination. I embarked on this journey alongside highly realistic characters, who had depth and passion and who developed as they were forced to overcome various misfortunes. With them are the fairies who both help and hinder being both good and bad. This is an action-adventure fantasy, with great dialogue and world-building. I thought this was a highly entertaining read.
Although I haven't read the others in this series, #5 is a stand alone novel. It is a well-written fantasy with historical roots. It is filled with action and adventure with characters that are intriguing and suit the story perfectly.
I liked the world-building, which gave a sense of actually being there...realistic, too. The characters felt developed.
Feeling in the mood to read something with a historical/fantasy link, I happened to stumble over this book by a bit of good fortune, but without realising that it was actually the 5th volume of the Druid’s Brooch Series However, as it turned out, this had no bearing on my enjoyment of the read as the characters, settings and events did not require any prior familiarity. I will not give away any of the deeper plots here, as that is for everyone to discover for themselves, but I will say that the book is pretty well described in the blurb and what you see is what you get- but with a compelling slant that could be enjoyed by many ages. I loved the straightforward cut of this story, which explores the relationship between a youngish grandfather (Maelan) and his ‘teenage’ granddaughter (Orlagh) - and how love, wilful desires and duty can quickly turn feelings inside-out when people no longer see eye to eye (or become persuaded by good intentions). Overall the story is full of interesting opposites that all melt together to create a sense of an exciting world in flux and the author's use of Gaelic words and place names really serve to lend the tale a credible, immersive feel. To top it all, the appearance of the Fae has just the right level of whimsical unpredictability that one would expect from other tales of the Sidhe. I found the layers of the story and the attention to detail the most compelling. The characters feel real, the pace is slow and careful. This is definitely a book to read if you like magical realism, historical settings, and the slight feel of mystery intertwined with fate. I wonder where the brooch went before and feel curious to read the other books to find out.