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I am so fascinated with this series and am so glad I got the chance to read this series. Melissa Sasina has captured the essence of the language of an era and that of a High Priestess on the pages of this series. I fell into a true fantasy with a touch of history. Thank you Melissa Sasina for giving your readers a fantastic escape.
I’ve been following this series since I downloaded the first, Defiance, during a free promo over a year ago. One of my favorite things about this book has been the world building and the historical tidbits Sasina tosses in with her mythological references and there was definitely more of that!
I admit I was a little intimidated at that word count, but the scenes are broken up into bite sized pieces and this reads very quickly. Like its predecessors, this book has a plot that moves along at a grueling pace and you’d better be ready to keep up!
Something important happens in nearly every scene, so there’s very little “drag.” This is the kind of writing style I like best—the kind that makes you lose track of time.
There’s a great deal of what I call “head hopping” in this book, which is to say we get inside the heads of quite a few characters. On one hand, I think I would have preferred a greater degree of exclusivity in order to give us more insight into the main cast. On the other hand, we did have a glimpse into everyone—villains, heroes, and everything in between.
There is one point I wish I could ignore, but it influenced my opinion of the book too much not to mention. There’s this thing where the leader of one of the villages tells his wife to sleep with this other guy in order to secure said other guy as an ally. The result is this love triangle with a mutual understanding and consent between three partners.
The thing that bothers me about that is…well, I didn’t feel there was enough explanation. I get that the husband was okay with the whole arrangement, but why?
Was it supposed to be a cultural thing like in ancient Sparta (where wives could take any lover they wanted so long as their husband approved)? In the second book, it was kind of implied that women were supposed to remain chaste before matrimony, is that only before? Was it a personal thing where the one character just really wanted Other Guy as an ally? I just feel like there wasn’t enough set up for the modern western way of thinking and I would have liked a little more of that.
Otherwise, I truly did enjoy this book. This author excels at world building and making the setting feel authentic. She truly brings myths to life and I would definitely recommend this series to anyone interested in a different kind of fantasy novel.
I read book one of this series in November 2012, and book two in January 2014, but for me this is not the type of series that I can fully enjoy with such a large gap between instalments. The unusual names of people and places have been an issue with me through each story and the length of time between them only hindered me with each read. The extra characters and additional clans did make this instalment the hardest of the three to keep straight. I get the basic plot and the main characters are easy to picture in my mind but ask me which sub character was fighting for which ‘clan’ and I would come totally unstuck because the names of each are so hard to memorise.
Eclipse has a complicated, but exciting plot, Shiovra’s premonitions of the downfall of Tara cause the village to take evasive action to protect their people. Though some friends are lost in the battle Shiovra’s foresight saved many of the residents. Some of the politics of the area and their current situation left me frustrated, I really wasn’t comfortable with, or happy about, Shiovra’s relationship with Morgan. I’m such a fan of Odhran that the whole situation felt wrong, I know he told her she should do whatever is required, but to get as close as she did to Morgan both emotionally and physically especially considering her condition was, sad, for me anyway
The priestess Trilogy is an enjoyable fantasy read and now all three books are out and can be read without the wait I think it will be easier to follow. Melissa is a fantastic writer and story teller.
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