Misfortune of Song: Druid’s Brooch Series: #5 by Christy Nicholas – Review by Francis O’Sullivan

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

Misfortune of Song is the fifth book in Christy Nicholas’ Druid’s Brooch series. The series tracks a magical object – the brooch – as it is passed through the generations of an Irish family. Each book is set at a different point in history, jumping between different centuries. Misfortune of Song is set in the 12th Century.
I’m so impressed by the levels of detail in the historical setting. Every time I read one of the books I think “oh wow, Nicholas must specialise in this era in history” and then I read another and it has the same depth of description. I really feel like I’m being transported back in time. It’s so vivid and informative and specific.
Maelan is a fantastic leader. He has a strong moral compass and values traditions and rules. He seeks to be fair but maintain control, and is waiting to find the right person to pass that control onto. Like many great characters, his strengths are also his weaknesses. He struggles when presented with unfamiliar scenarios and those that set his moral beliefs up against the traditional values he seeks to uphold.
For me, this is a five star read. I’ve not quite managed to read them in order, but I don’t think that has detracted too much from my enjoyment of the book. Once I’ve read them all, I might go back and read them in publishing order (and then in chronological order of events – so many possibilities!). I’d thoroughly recommend them to anyone with an interest in Irish history and Celtic fantasy!

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