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Brighid's Quest

(Partholon #5)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  4,190 ratings  ·  173 reviews
In this follow-up to Elphame's Choice, Brighid flees her centaur clan's rigid traditions and prejudice to find peace and acceptance among the humans of Clan MacCallan. When her family summons her home, Brighid must make a fateful decision.
Paperback, 507 pages
Published November 29th 2005 by Luna
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Jassicca Hi, I saw the author replied this to another post:
Right now I'm in the process of having the rights to the first three Partholon books revert to me…more
Hi, I saw the author replied this to another post:
Right now I'm in the process of having the rights to the first three Partholon books revert to me (they've been out of print for some time now). I haven't decided what I"m going to do with them yet, but will post on my social media when I do decide. I'm mentioning this because if fans rally around my reissuing of the first three books, that may open an avenue for me to carve out some time to write CIARA'S DESTINY. (less)
Bex Hopley Hi - it also follows the journey of Elphames brother. it's well worth a read and it ties up questions about the Fomorians.

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Apr 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I was predetermined to not actually like this book. However, as you all know I am a fan of P.C. Cast and thought it was only fair to give this beautifully written story a try. The last month I would walk past this book in bookstores and would pick it up and read the back and put it back down. Finally I gave in and read it, and thankfully I did because I pleasantly surprised how this book overtook me. Ive been noticing that Cast tends to write books based on Goddess and empowering women, which I ...more
Lynne weir
I loved Brighid's Quest but I didnt think it was as good as the other Partholon books. I don't know it just felt like there was something missing and I didnt feel the same attachment to the charactors as I did when reading Elphame's choice. Also once again as I mentioned when reviewing Elphame's Choice I can't help but notice that it seems too adult for the age group its in. As a teenage book its allowing teenagers from 11 years up to read it, and I personally don't feel comfortable on the ...more
Feb 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Again I have to share my praise for P.C. Cast. This book was fabulous! It had a different focus than some of her books, it went from pain, death and suffering to love, life and happiness. It shows you the experience and trials a person who has lost a loved one may go through (I was crying for a large portion of the book). It is deffinately a difficult thing to be able to express through a book but the story is written so that you can begin to at least understand it. The transition from dealing ...more
May 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
see our Goddess of Partholon interview with PC Cast here.

This book just made me want to bang my head on the nearest wallhard.

This book picks up shortly after where Elphames Choice ends. This book however is all about Brighid and her quest, or I should say quests. She has several; spiritual, emotional and physical.

Being the eldest daughter of the Shaman for the Dhianna centaurs, Brighid can feel the spiritual world, a pull towards being a Shaman herself. Brighid wants nothing to do with it. She
Bridgette Redman
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Theres something immensely satisfying about a light fantasy reada read that entertains and delights in a simple and straightforward manner.

Too much of the fantasy that Ive read of late has strayed toward the dark side. Some of them seem to be competing for awards of goriest death or most revolting torture or bleakest outlook on life. After too many course of that type of fantasy, Brighids Quest by P.C. Cast comes as a welcome and enjoyable relief.

Brighids Quest is a book that doesnt make your
Veena Regit
Jun 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, arc, 2010-read
This is a coming of age book and has a lot of things woven together. After seeing Elphame's concern for her brother who has gone to bring back the New Formaorians to Clan McCallan; Brighid decides to put her clan's chief's heart at peace and takes up the journey to find Cu and aid him in bringing the New Formorians back! But what Brighid does not expect is her struggle with her own powers, finding love and finding her destiny...this journey will change what Brighid Dianna stood for and will ...more
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You're probably asking why some as diligent at reviewing books that I have read appears to have skipped over a book in a series without giving it a review. The answer is because whilst I did give Elphame's Choice a five star rating, I didn't feel I could give it an honest review without having finished Brighid's Quest. I regard the two merely as two halves of one book, despite the switch in the protagonist.

That's not to say that Elphame's Choice ends on a cliff hanger. Rest assured that it
Mar 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of P.C. Cast
P.C. Cast continues her tales of Parthalon in this follow up to Elphames Choice and I love her all the more for it. Brighids story is full of great supporting characters that reveal more sides to Brighid. While the love connection is fairly obvious from the beginning as it developed I found that it had more to it. Cu's grief just makes him more sexy. The banter between him and Brighid is fun to read and lends some comic relief to the story. Sometimes I found that as a reader I was lead a little ...more
Sarah Sophia
Of all Cast's books I think this has been the least powerful and most predictable... I'm betting Cast knew it too as she wrote it.

If you haven't read the rest of the series, you should, and you should read this too just to see things tied up - but don't pick it up if you have no background.

The mating in this book seems more forced, we're forced the whole way to accept the divine proposition and no matter how much I wanted to buy in, I couldn't. I kept waiting for the feeling of a fated match and
Jodie Louise  WitchinnReadin 🔥
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any fans off P.C Cast
I am a huge fan of P.C Cast, her goddess summoning books have to be some of my absolute favorites.
As much as i enjoyed this book i felt that something was missing. The story was interesting enough and kept me reading but Cu and Brighid's relationship felt rushed and not as well developed as it should have been. There wasn't much bonding time, Cu didn't have time to woo her it just sort of happened and the mating felt seriously rushed and Brighid seemed strangely withdrawn from Cu at the
I found this book to be slightly more acceptable for the teen demographic than its predecessor, Elphame's Choice. Some sex, but not nearly as explicit. Probably not any worse than what's on tv, though, I suppose! But as with the that book, I feel like the ending was rushed. The entire book except the last 10 pages or so lead up to the climax of the plot. It simply doesn't do the story justice. The story itself was mostly enjoyable. But when I closed the book I was not really moved to watch for ...more
Nicola Carter
Sep 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
I think that about 400 pages were filler, and the last 100 were the actual plot came in were just shit .
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this last book in the Goddess of Partholon series, centaur Huntress Brighid helps Cuchlainn transport a group of New Formorians into Partholon. New Formorians being artistic human-like creatures with wings who are shunned because of circumstances surrounding their birth, and this group of survivors is comprised of 22 adults and 70 very-energetic children. As if that werent hard enough, Brighid must also overcome her aversion of the spirit realm to help heal Cuchlainn.

Brighids Quest is
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Amy Dale
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
The last book didn't really leave any need for a sequel,so I didn't feel like this one was really necessary.

I didn't like Brighid in book 4 and I didn't like her any more as the main character. She's a huntress,so she automatically lost any respect in my animal loving heart. There's quite a lot of hunting scenes which I most certainly avoided. But she's just...boring and bland like Elphame was. I don't think she really has a personality, except being bossy. And Cucumber or whatever his name
Dana Anne
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
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Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Look I appreciated the expansion of the Partholon universe, don't get me wrong...but this was the wrong way to do it.

Brighid's Quest undid everything that Elphames book created.
Cu and his Brenna, only now its Cu and his "BEAUTIFUL HUNTRESS" (like we're not all sick of reading those words over and over and over again). How he could so easily turn from Brenna and the character development from Elphames book into being a soulmate with Brighid is ridiculous. And a bit insulting to Brenna's
Amanda Weidensjö
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2020
Brighid's Quest is the best book in the series! Many of the books in this series had no plot-line and lack of progression in the story. But not with this one! From start to finish there was action, character development and the story just kept unfolding till the very last page. From Brighid fulfilling her destiny, the New Fomorians finally making it to Partholon and saving Cuchulainn. Thus far, this has been the best book I've read from P.C Cast and it makes me angry that she waited till the ...more
Claire Allan
Ever since I've read Divine By Mistake by P.C. Cast I fell in love with Partholon and it has stayed with me and this novel is no different.

Brighid's Quest is a follow on from Elphame's Choice and this book made me love Cu even more than I had in Elphame's Choice and then finding out about some of Brighid's past made me like and respect her even more for her choices she made for her own life and she knew she couldn't run from her destiny or fate and am glad Cu and Brighid friendship blossomed
Readable but...

2.5 points
Easy read, author is reasonably decent at that craft at least. Some pacing issues, pretty slow beginning and end was wrapped up with almost indecent haste. Suffers of excess wordiness in places and could have easily been about third shorter. Characters sprout verse-form prayers in what seems every ten pages or so.
But what ultimately really annoyed me was that author has created somewhat matriarchal society and yet could not write it without many references to sexual
Amanda Bhear
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was a little surprised at how Brighid's brother went into their mother's plan to free Fallon just to start a war with humans. I knew he was an idiotic jerk by some of the things she told Cu, but I couldn't believe he was that under her thumb. But, there it is. I liked how things worked out for Brighid & Cu. I love how they got to know the new Foromons, before they brought them through the pass. I liked Liam, the little boy who wanted to be a centaur huntress & train with Brighid. That ...more
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it

I like these books, however, only giving Cu two months from losing the "love of his life" to being in love again.... come on, did he even love Brenna.

Also why are so bits so draw out and then some of the best parts so rushed, like the ending.

Last if all, the ending of this book SCREAMS, more to come but then it never comes 😟
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this one even more than Elphame's Choice. I found that it had quite a bit more depth and I was extremely excited for the plot twist. However, it wasn't as surprising as a plot twist should be... the damn book description pretty much gave away the whole book. Still an amazing story though! It held much more mystery than its predecessor.
Patricia Ferreira
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Really cute. I really liked this book. She wanted to write a love story, but so it didn't get boring with only the boy and the girl, she invented a whole fantastic world with centaurs, winged creatures and humans.
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Meh... pretty much sums up my feelings for this book. Took me long enough to finish the damn thing. Sometimes I kinda liked it more the. Elphames Choice but it still felt like nothing really happened till the very end. Im glad to be done with this series! ...more
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this one. More so than the last 2 but the end does suggest a continuation which it appears has not been written
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
spectacular, female dominant side is shown where they rule the world which is quite refreshing and empowering
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well written. I'm not really a fan of the whole "she's dead, you should move on and marry a beauty straight away" theme...slightly worrying.
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book.
Ashley Beatty Peterson
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was one of my favorites
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PC was born in the Midwest, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school, she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. After her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. PC is a #1 ...more

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