With cross generational clashes, Fae, and a plot you could get whiplash from, Christy Nicholas has added another winner to the Druid’s Brooch series. I hadn’t read a book from this series in a while and after I finished this one, now I want to go back and read the others all over again.
I am in love with all things Celtic so the traditional names, places, and mythology draw me in from the get go. However, people who aren’t as well versed will still find this story and the rest of the series to be in a fantastic world that will draw you in like quicksand.
Maelan’s confliction over letting his granddaughter, Orlagh, live her own life and make her own choices is a subject that every parent/grandparent will struggle with and how Christy expertly blends it into 12th century Ireland was my absolute favorite part of the plot line. The fights with the Fae are fantastic, don’t get me wrong. But the teenage struggles for independence and personal autonomy have always been fascinating to me and I love seeing it in this light and time period.
The fifth installment in the Druid’s Brooch series can easily be read as a standalone but I highly recommend the series.