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on May 2, 2018
Do you like stories with druids, the Fae, enchanted stones, and a magical brooch? If yes, this book is just for you. May I say how much I enjoyed this book in the series, I loved the story of Orlagh and her lover. While embellished with magic and a dose of mystery, it was real enough to keep me hooked to the book. There was humor to be found in the desperation of a worried and cautious grandfather, Malean averse to allowing Orlagh the right to make her own decisions and mistakes. I think the story would find resonance with many teenagers today. Add to it the dangers and challenges from the Fae and you will find yourself sailing to the end. Well written and researched, a must read Celtic story.
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on April 15, 2018
Even though this is book #5 of a series, I could easily read this on its own. I gave it four stars only because this is not my usual kind of read but I was pleasantly surprised at the Fae world created in this book. As a Spanish speaking woman, I had a hard time with the names and some language in this book but that is a personal problem. The book is magically written with a solid plot, fun characters and an interesting grandfather, granddaughter dynamic of clashed generations, adventure and mysticism.
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on April 8, 2018
Fae blood and fangs? Don’t you dare think for one minute that the creatures from Christy Nicholas’ book “Misfortune of Song” are anything like the cutesy, spritely things we associate as “fairies” now. The Fae in this book are out for...blood, revenge, more?
When faced with a difficult choice for his granddaughter, that he, Maelan, must make, his ideals of living in a black and white world are shattered. Maelan is not one who believes in the gray area, let alone live in it. How could, how dare Nicholas put her main character in such a position that he must choose?
Ah, but that is the magic of Nicholas’ writing. Vladimir Nabokov once said, “ The writer’s job is to get the main character up a tree, and then once they are up there, throw rocks at them.” Nicholas’ throws some pretty hard core rocks at Maelan throughout the story, but in so doing, we, the reader start feeling all sorts of things for Maelan. Sympathy? Empathy? Pity? All of it?
Nicholas is once again adept at bringing many shades of the color wheel to her characters, even in the gray areas, such as the ones Maelan often finds himself in. She breathes life into all her character’s giving them depth and emotions. Even the kind of emotions that may come at inappropriate times, such as laughing at a funeral kind of timing, because her character’s aren’t just names typed on a piece of paper. They are real, and they too make choices and make mistakes. If there is one thing that I would gladly debate about Nicholas’ writing is that her characters are far from flat.
Even in their black and white worlds.
Honestly, believe it or not, as a child who did not enjoy breaking rules, but realizing as I grew up that there is more than just two sides to every coin, I truly believe Maelan had my heart from the beginning on this story. Orlagh, does have moments when she finally realizes some choices in life may not always be the best decisions, but I think by the end of the book, despite her not being flat, as mentioned above, she is a young girl in love, and sometimes, love has rose tinted glasses on, and just like any young girl in love, by the end the book, I think Orlagh still has some growing up to do. I think it would be a false ending if she did all her growing up in one magical swoop.
There are many more great and wonderful characters in this book! Even Maelan’s best friend who we think is just comic relief shows great strides in growth toward the end of the story. But what of Maelan toward the end of the story? What choices does he make? And what about those Fae creatures?
Well, now, that would be too easy if I gave it ALL away, wouldn’t it?
Smooth, flowing writing style, peppered with humor (especially my favorite type--sarcastic) at all the right moments, a touch of magic and all heart, Nicholas’ has once again proven she has every right to be writing historical fiction among the masters of the genre.
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on April 6, 2018
Another great installment to the Druid’s Brooch series. The book follows two characters. Orlagh, young and in foolish love with a wandering bard, and her grandfather Maelan, who is determined to keep her from ruining her life.

Great comic relief with Maelan’s best friend and fellow soldier, Eogan, along with music and, of course, a wee bit of faerie magic. Want a trip to Faerie?

As always, lush descriptions and great characters make this a delightful read. I cannot wait for the next one!
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on April 15, 2018
Love the story line and the character's made me laugh and cry. Sometimes at the same time.very well written Christy. Can't wait to read more from you!
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Orlagh is the apple of her grandfather, Maelan’s eye. They live in Ceann-Coradh, near Cill Dalua, Hibernia, a place where love and obedience to the law of the clan is everything. Melan believes Orlagh has a warrior spirit and admires her spunkiness, that is until she catches the eye of a visiting bard, Temuirr, a man who sings and plays the harp as beautifully as a dream. At first it’s just flirting but they come close to consummating their love. Orlagh then commits an act that will make her shed tears for years!
Now in the middle of all this passion bursting out, severing and binding family, friends and those of far-off clans, we have the “Fae” or fairies living alongside humans. They are virtuous and evil and they have great powers; however, some of these powers need human cooperation. Only a certain metal can keep the evil Fae from attacking humans; but once one has earned the devotion of the virtuous, devoted Fae, a bond of the deepest love and care endures whatever challenges arrive.
Temuirr and Orlagh marry and passionately enjoy their early life together, that is until Orlagh discovers that Temuirr has lovers in every town he has ever visited. Instead of leaving the past behind, this knowledge begins to break their infatuation, especially for Orlagh.
Without spoiling a roller-coaster ride plot, suffice to say Orlagh is captured by her grandfather but pursued by her husband. A viciously violent battle follows with evil powers of the Fae but the loyal Fae help end this horrific clash with the humans victorious – almost! A magic brooch leaves both Maelan and later Orlagh with amazing supernatural powers!
This is an amazing, almost legend-like, story that is initially light reading but which turns into a huge conflict in which sacrifices are made, the price of deeply loving and protecting those who are loved! Passion in song, dialogue, and nature abounds in these pages. Readers who love Celtic history and legends, as well as a rollicking romance and adventure, will find Misfortune of Song… a delightful experience. Nicely crafted with tremendous imagination and passion!
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on April 28, 2018
Maelan’s granddaughter, Orlangh, against her grandfather’s will risks all by falling in love with the bard Temuirr who later betrays her with others. This is a beautifully written book, with a well-formed plot, full of drama, humour and imagination. I embarked on this journey alongside highly realistic characters, who had depth and passion and who developed as they were forced to overcome various misfortunes. With them are the fairies who both help and hinder being both good and bad. This is an action-adventure fantasy, with great dialogue and world-building. I thought this was a highly entertaining read.
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on April 9, 2018
Although I haven't read the others in this series, #5 is a stand-alone novel. It is a well-written fantasy with historical roots. It is filled with action and adventure with characters that are intriguing and suit the story perfectly.

I liked the world-building, which gave a sense of actually being there...realistic, too. The characters felt developed.

Overall, an entertaining and enjoyable read.

Worth a look to those who like good fantasy.
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on April 29, 2018
This is such a wonderful series, this book is a great addition. The story is a blend of history and Celtic mythology. The story had me laughing and crying. This book can be read as a stand-alone but might be enjoyed more if you read the series in order.
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on May 17, 2018
I like very much this book as the others of this author.
A fantastic story and strong characters.
A book full of surprise and adventure!
I recommend this book to all that love adventure and fae.
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