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The book is told through Baena’s eye, which gives the narrative a softer, slower feel. The main conflicts are emotional ones. There’s plenty of the violence that plagued this time period, but the reader’s knowledge of this is second-hand. Women weren’t brought into battle, at least not noble ones, so we experience the battles as they would have - through stories brought back by the men who fought them. The author is aware of this and offers sufficient heart pounding action through other means, such as placing Baena smack dab in the middle of Mac Alpin’s Treason.
The characters are expertly drawn. I found them to be very believable. Little is known about the historical Baena, so her creation was left much up to the author’s imagination. Chant does not disappoint. Baena is a fine woman of her time: patient, faithful, sensible, and brave. Cinaed, who I first found off-putting, grew to be my favorite character. His motives behind his initial behavior were touching, and he proves himself to be a worthy husband and leader. Domnall stands out as well. His origins gave him an interesting slant and sometimes shadowy motives, but I quite enjoyed his roguish charm and growth.
The writing employs beautiful simplicity, while still painting a lush mental picture of each scene. My one complaint is that there is sometimes too much of a good thing. While working wonders for thoroughness and cohesion, I found that some parts dragged on past the point of optimum effectiveness. A perfect example of this is the ending. In reading it, I remembered how I felt when watching the last scenes of the movie, The Return of the King. I was happy with the way all was resolved, everything felt fitting and justified, and I had no lingering questions. But I reached a point where I thought, “Can it be over now?”
Still, the book was well worth my time, and I’d eagerly recommend it to any fans of the time period.