Misfortune of Vision: Druid's Brooch Series: #4
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Notes and Opinions: Just WOW! I thought I was just going to read a few pages of this one but ended up finishing it just under 4 hours. Man this book was REALLY QUICK! It has some great intertwining stories of the characters which all had their own voices and were fully formed. As well as one killer story! I will so be checking out the other books in this series and my only issue was that it was pretty short. Just over 300 pages. The blend of history and magic was so well done that if you would have been there it would have felt normal. I love these kinds of stories. I could see fans of Outlander and the Mists of Avalon and the like loving this series.
Go Into This One Knowing: Can be read out of order
Speaking of characters, her characters are well developed and also well researched for each trial that particular character faces. Throughout the series of The Druids Brooch, you can see where Ms. Nicholas has not only grown as a writer, but a stronger storyteller as well. Her descriptions, as stated above, are wrought with just the right amount of detail to put you there, whether it is a picturesque scene, someone cooking a delicious meal, or a foul-smelling environment. The ability to write description deftly intermixed with the right amount of dialogue between the characters, is often a hard balance to strike, but Christy Nicholas does it well.
I enjoy learning about history, but often struggle to read through "dry" books, or often fail to understand them as accurately as I could. Christy Nicholas has made learning a much more enjoyable experience in a way that is not overly text book (not even close, in fact) nor is it so easy that one would get bored with it, tossing it to the side. Ms. Nicholas peppers the history of Ireland throughout the lives that the characters live and through their everyday interactions with the ones they love (or maybe not love so much) so as not to dump all the history or backstory onto the reader all at once, leaving the reader to go back, trying to remember what was happening to the character in the first place.
It's very rare that I give anything five stars as I believe there is always room for improvement in everyone personally, professionally and in the hobbies they partake of. No one is perfect and no one can be the best at anything they do, or else it would lead to a dull life. But as I sit here writing this review, contemplating why I would have given it four stars, as there is no four and half or four and three quarters stars, I really couldn't think of something that needed immediate improvement upon this story or the writing. Moreover, by the time I figure out what could be improved upon, she no doubt has already made the positive improvements for the next story already.
I look forward to reading more by Chrsity Nicholas.