Wow! What a saga this was. I listened to this as an audio book. It took me forever! And I think this is only the first of what is to be a trilogy. EveWow! What a saga this was. I listened to this as an audio book. It took me forever! And I think this is only the first of what is to be a trilogy. Every minute was worth it.
This 4-part historical novel set in late medieval Scotland is a little too martial and political to be one of my favorites but that does not mean I didn't enjoy it. The author's use of descriptive language was extraordinary. She might take a whole paragraph to describe something as simple as mud and I was rapt the whole time. I found myself savoring every word.
It really made me think about the quality of the writing that I've been reading in the past few years. I love books for many reasons but writing style isn't always my number one priority. I might change that after reading this book.
It also helped that the audio production was exceptional. I recommend this novel to historical fictionistas who are looking for something a little different from the more feminine, romantic type of hf.
Beware, there are many, many characters and there are ocassional unannounced flashbacks, all of which is made even more confusing if you're listening instead of reading.
The only negative thing I can really say about this one is that I'm not DYING to read the next one. I enjoyed this one, I'm glad I read it and I'm glad I've been introduced to this author, but I'm not ravenous for more, which should be the case in a series.