Misfortune of Song (Druid’s Brooch #5) by Christy Nicholas – Review by Sarah Oakes

Misfortune of Song (Druid's Brooch #5)Misfortune of Song by Christy Nicholas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great read about love. Maelan is a warchief who loves his granddaughter Orlagh dearly despite her stubborness. When a travelling bard and his troupe come to their village, their simple lives are turned upside down. Desperate to escape a marriage, Orlagh follows her heart. But how far can you go for love?
A great read. Well developed plot with twists and turns that j just couldn’t put down. Well developed characters like Orlagh standing up for herself but also vulnerable underneath or Maelan struggled between love and duty as a devoted grandfather. Great cast of supporting characters like the funny Eogan or the wise and sweet Eolande or the mother figure of Yana.
I loved the visual detail throughout the book like in the sense of nature like the sunrise in the dew by the stones for a sense of magic and wonder that takes your breath away. Or the little purple and blue flowers bright and bold and vibrant against the dark greens of the forest beautifully written. And also in the bright colours of the dresses of Yana and Temuirr with the spring and autumn reds and blues and oranges bright and beautiful.
The switch of narratives between Maelan and Orlagh worked well to display both sides of events and was easy to follow. I loved the use of the Irish names and places and pronounciations was a lovely touch and added to the feel of the ancient world. This combined with the use of myths and stories made for a captivating read. Overall, a great read and I would give it five stars.

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