This is a great read about protection. Conall lives his life as a mason apprentice who has a secret, a magical brooch given to him by his father. He lived a normal life until his world is turned upside down when his stepfather tries to hurt his little sister, Lainn. Fleeing from him, they find themselves on an adventure filled with dangers and wonders alike. Can they find safety somewhere?
A great read. Well developed plot with twists and turns that I just couldn’t put down. Well developed characters like Conall trying to look out for his family no matter what or Lainn’s carefree spirit or the gentle old wise man of Adhna; a great villainous figure in Setna, cruel but believable.
I loved the visual detail throughout the novel in the sense of the ancient world with the little wooden houses in the forest with the hearth fire and stables as if you were actually there. Or the sense of nature like with Adhna’s house, small and thatched but full of moss and flowers with bee hives and ravens and local resources.
Or the sense of ancient lore and fantasy with the druids and the standing stones; and its sense of wonder with the arch of trees and the glade and the waterfalls for the sense of a hidden and sacred world full of magic and song as if you had stepped back in time. Also loved the use of Irish language and pronunciations at the start which was a lovely touch and added to the character of the novel. Overall, a great read and I would give it five stars.
Reviewed by @sarahoakes