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Defiance (The Priestess Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- File Size : 4625 KB
- Publication Date : June 7, 2015
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B005DA0FQ6
- Print Length : 242 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : CreateSpace; 3rd edition (June 7, 2015)
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,661,034 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This novel follows the young priestess Shiovra as she journeys to defend her people. Shiovra is a fascinating main character, with an inner strength and much courage. She resists being lead by others and gradually comes into her own. He friends are equally fascinating and the village of Tara is a wondrous place. The reader is introduced to an intriguing place of magic and battle. Cunning enemies and a vast detailed landscape. Several secrets remain hidden and I am anxious to read the next book, Betrayal. The forbidden love between Odhrán and Shiovra is passionate and page turning. They compliment each other very well and make an awesome cover.
Defiance is a definite must read and a beautiful beginning to a trilogy!
I enjoyed this read--it moved along at a good pace, and incorporated some fascinating historical information. The characters are well depicted and even when they're making awful choices (there was a moment when I went--no no NO! Don't do that!), you can still see how they got to it, you can understand it even if you want to shake them :) There's murder, deception, politics, magic and love in this story, and it's well worth the read.
I don't normally read adult fantasy, so I feel beholden to mention to folks who know me that there were a number of sex scenes that required skipping over for me. That's just me.
Orphaned, and with no real choice, Shiovra decides to follow her destiny and go with her aunt Réalta to Rúnda where she spends 10 years isolated from her family to train as the high priestess to protect her village, Tara. When the time comes for her to return to her home she finds herself hunted by the Milidha, a clan who are driven by vengeance and out for war. Not knowing who to trust Shiovra travels in order to seek allies and ends up finding comfort in the arms of the enemy along the way.
Once I got used to the unusual names of the people and places I settled into the story quite easily. The characters are varied, they're heroic, flawed, brave, some were a combination of all traits, even Shiovra with her reaction to, and actions with Odhrán, was imperfect and that fact made each of them more believable and realistic. The story is steadily paced with the action happening at regular intervals and wasn't bogged down with `fill in info dumps' or metaphors!
Melissa has a nice flow to her writing that makes for a comfortable read and her work is presented professionally with maps of both Éire and the village of Tara. These maps help with the visualisation of an unfamiliar setting, and give the reader a better understanding of the locale while the characters are travelling from one village to another.
The book leaves us with unfinished business and it is clear there is more to come, I have enjoyed this story and look forward to the rest of the trilogy.
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I did generally though enjoy the story and would recommend it to other readers not put off by the poor layout.