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Effigy (The Coileáin Chronicles) (Volume 1) Paperback – July 20, 2014
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Armed with a deep and lasting love of chocolate, purple pens, and medieval weaponry, M.J. Fifield is nothing if not a uniquely supplied insomniac. When she isn’t writing, she’s on the hunt for oversized baked goods or shiny new daggers. M.J. lives with a variety of furry creatures—mostly pets—in New Hampshire. Visit her online at mjfifield.com.
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My little synopsis of this amazing epic fantasy cannot convey the immensity of the tale. There are layers upon layers, each as thick and tantalizing as the last. Myths, monsters, magic, and mysteries. The world building is incredible. I was sucked into this vast realm which holds great beauty and tremendous horrors.
The cast of characters is large and marvelously diverse. Haleine is an admirable heroine. Forced into a situation she detests, I found myself cheering her on from the beginning even in her most miserable moments. Maddox is a loathsome man, the perfect evil prince, but not quite so detestable as his adviser, Omur. I couldn't stop myself from falling a little bit for Dana, the rebel leader, myself. And then there's Faolan, the wise-cracking mini pegasus. I adored him! There are so many other other great characters to list. Each well written and unforgettable.
There's so much I'd like to say about EFFIGY, but I won't give away any spoilers. There are so many twists and turns in this book, it will have you on the edge of your seat unable to sleep for wanting to find out what happens next. The journey is unlike none other. I highly recommend this book not only to fantasy fans, but to every reader. It will hook you so thoroughly, you won't be able to put it down.
There are a few aspects that I wasn't quite sure how I felt about them. I'm encasing them in spoiler tags just in case.
Insta-love. This didn't bother me, but I bring it up because I know it does bother some people. Don't take this wrong. The relationship isn't all rainbows and unicorns. *snicker* The characters have trials in their relationship, and by the end it's pretty darn heart-wrenching.
Maddox. This dude was nasty for the sake of being nasty. I had issues with that, when he was apparently raised by moral and loving parents, and didn't have any traumatic life events that would turn him into the sadistic bastard he is. It isn't until way down the road that I decided him being a puppet is the reason for his nastiness.
Loyalty to Dana. This one had me scratching my head. I suspect there's something more to Dana that inspires blind loyalty, something having to do with the past we don't know about. I think he's something special, though I don't know what yet. And because of that, I'm excusing Lucius and Ilya for joining him.
There are a lot of evil, nasty people in this book. In fact, there seemed to be more evil than good, so when I hit 65% and it turned out another character was evil, it nearly pushed me over the edge. Nearly. But Fifield had me hooked, and within a few pages I was back to being happy.
Overall, I found the story very engaging. It had tension and drama. The conflict is great. The pegasus was definitely my favorite character. I wish I had one like him. :)
Captivating! Fast paced. Heart wrenching. Gripping fantasy, romance, adventure, so many things wrapped up in one tale that ended leaving me wanting more. Looking forward to reading the second in the trilogy. The ongoing battle between the Light and the Dark, good and evil, creatively told. Unicorns, dark forces, magic, a pegasus, all add to this well paced suspense. An author to keep our eyes on.
I absolutely adored this book and cant wait for the next one! Finally a woman joins the ranks of Jordan & Martin!!
When I started the story, I found some of the characters personas to be a little shallow, but as the story progressed, they each developed into very lifelike people. In most books you either love or hate the main characters. In this one, there are times you feel both ways about the same one. The story itself was engaging and hard to put down.
Would I recommend this book to a friend? Definitely!
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I tip my hat to M.J. for the amazing world building.
A young queen. A rebel leader. A sadistic king.Read more