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Legacy of Truth: Druid's Brooch Series: #2 Kindle Edition
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"The novel is poignant and cuts to the reader's heart with its many tragedies that befall the players." -- Belinda Wilson, InD'Tale Magazine
- ASIN : B01G2OYL16
- Publisher : Tirgearr Publishing (July 6, 2016)
- Publication date : July 6, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1931 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 344 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #463,172 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Vivid writing rich with sensory detail immerses the reader in Esme’s story. I particularly liked the scenes where she connects with the Fair Folk, source of the brooch’s power. If I have any complaint, it’s impatience to know more about the origin of the brooch and its intended purpose. Who created it? What was it made to do? Why is it attached to this particular family? I look forward to answers in future volumes.
We meet Esme, the “good” twin in a pair of twin sisters, as a young girl nearing young womanhood. Her life is set in motion by two things—her Grandfa bequeathing her a slightly magical heirloom brooch and her selection of a husband from her suitors. Both lead to a schism with her remaining family, as she must leave her home to follow her new husband and conceal from her jealous twin the precious heirloom. Without spoiling the journey for readers, both the brooch and Esme’s continuing decisions about loving companions frame the course of her life and the drama in the story.
The writing is smooth and well-edited, with a vivid and detailed concreteness that beautifully supports the enthralling world created by the author, a world that begins in the 1780s in small towns in Ireland. I greatly enjoyed the flashes of Irish folklore and moments of magic, more organically integrated into the story in this volume than in the first book. The characters are real and human, with distinct personalities and motives. I particularly enjoyed Esme’s friendship with her neighbor Aisling, a surprising and sweet love. Esme herself, while “good” relative to her scheming and ambitious twin Eithne, is flawed and human, struggling with life’s challenges as we all do, and failing at times to be perfect and upright. While I questioned Esme’s decisions and judgment around love at times, I never found them to be forced or false but rather a natural outgrowth of her worldview and understanding as a simple woman in a small town, far from the worlds of sophisticates and lords and ladies. This is not a plot-driven tale of high adventure, but rather a chance to live in and explore another time and place and society through the life of a sympathetic and engaging character.
Recommendation: for readers of historical fiction who enjoy Ireland and the tiniest hint of magic, and well-drawn humble characters living real lives and a gentle tale pulled inexorably forward by the main character’s decisions about how to live her life.
I was expecting this second book to follow on from book one and was surprised to discover it was a whole new story based around the brooch.
There was a little too much 'real' and not enough 'fantasy' in this book for me, but for readers who love to immerse themselves in Irish History and the hardships of the time, you will enjoy the very authentic history within the story. Not exactly a happy ending, but the plot did find a resolution.
Top reviews from other countries
The relationship between the twin sisters is complex and their fight to own the magical brooch makes the story exciting with the ongoing tension. In my opinion the powers of the brooch are too mild and not worth fighting for especially considering the misery that it brings. In the author’s own words: “The Irish aren’t one for the happy endings. We do love our misery.”
Mixing the ancient languages makes the story difficult to follow in places. The one or two American English words such as “gotten” are incongruous in Druid society.
Having said that, the glossary of terms and the translations of the songs at the end of the book will be appreciated by readers interested in the Druids and the ancient mythical Ireland.
A glance at Christy’s website shows us that she’s a prolific author and a talented artist in paintings and jewellery.