, December 23, 2020
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What an engaging and enchanting tale of duty, honor, self-sacrifice, justice and mercy, faith, and undying love! My meager words in this review cannot do justice to what a great beginning to the Song of Seare trilogy this book is. The setting that is influenced by Celtic lore and medieval times is totally engrossing and you will feel like you are right in the middle of Conor's training and Aine's work in the battlefront.
The Isle of Seare is meticulously and intricately built and though there are many different words and ways of life on the Isle, I had no trouble following along as the four kingdoms on the Isle are introduced. The history of faith and religion on the Isle is fascinating, as is the Fireian Brotherhood and what it stands for. Conor and Aine are unlikely heroes at the beginning of the book. Experience in both triumph and failure matures them as they become engaged in a war against evil to save their beloved home. There is a lot of magic involved - dark magic that is wielded by evil but also good magic gifted by the Creator that comes in multiple forms and helps dispel the darkness. There is also plenty of betrayal and twists to the plot that will have you gasping. It is such a delightful book that every fantasy lover should read!
I received a copy of the book from the author and Enclave Publishing and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.