Misfortune of Song is the fifth book in the Druid’s Brooch Series by Christy Nicholas. This is a historical fantasy- with action, adventure, magic, paranormal elements, drama, romance, mystery, humour, young love, challenges, heartbreak, betrayal, danger, battles, bargains, and fantastic world building. I have said it before, and I say it again, I really love the attention to detail and vividly descriptive storytelling that Ms. Nicholas excels at- it brings her stories to life and makes them very realistic, believable, and entirely immersive. As with the other books in this series that I have read, this is really well written, intriguing, and engaging. The story pulled me in and kept my attention right from the beginning. The character/s are complex, fully realised individuals who were cleverly crafted- with interesting and quirky natures.
I haven’t read the books in this series in sequence- instead picking books by random- thankfully each book is able to be read as a standalone. Having said that though, if you love a great fantasy with lots of historical elements, then you would most definitely enjoy the other books in this series as well- and after reading one, you will probably want to explore more/all.
In this book we meet Maelan and his granddaughter Orlagh, who live in Ireland in the 12th century. Maelan is determined to protect his granddaughter, even from herself, as well as fulfil his duty to chief, and uphold the family name. Orlagh is a little headstrong and impulsive, and tests all the boundaries he tries to impose. But choices are made, and the consequences are quite disastrous. Maelan must decide what he is prepared to do in order to save her? Can he succeed? What happens? You really should read the story and discover all the intriguing details for yourself- it’s well worth your time!
Thank you, Christy Nicholas!
Reviewed by @angelahayes