Read from February 23rd – March 1, 2017
Synopsis: Grace Knox is about to turn seventeen, and the world of Victorian New York society should be opening to her—a time of dances and parties and boys vying for her heart and her hand. Instead, Grace’s world is closing in: the family business is gone; her brother is drinking and gambling away whatever is left; her widowed mother cannot cope; and her grandmother is slipping into madness. And now Grace is having disturbing dreams of ancient battles.
Grace’s only hope is to marry Patrick Devlin and let his fortune save them all. But she isn’t sure she loves Patrick, and she doesn’t share his passion to free Ireland from British rule. Why look to Ireland when there is so much poverty and despair here?
Then Grace meets Diarmid, an Irish stableboy. Being with him means losing everything. But the secrets and mystery surrounding him are too compelling to ignore. Soon Grace is drawn into his world of legend and heroes, magic and prophecy—the world of her dreams—where her own choice between faith and fear holds the greatest power of all.
Bookish Things: 400 pages. I adore the cover, it’s very whimsical and suits the book.
Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $4.08 or paperback for $8.43.
I went into this book with a little trepidation. Despite normally not doing so, I had managed to stumble across a few of the other Goodreads reviews before I started, and they weren’t all glowing. Pacing seemed to be a major concern from a number of reviewers and lack of plot driven excitement.
Well, I’m happy to say that while the story as a whole was slow, I didn’t find it dull. When working with trilogies or series it can be difficult to get the world building and plot driver levels correct to keep your readers engaged and provide the information they need.
Megan managed to introduce a large cast of characters, each with complex backgrounds in a way that didn’t overwhelm the reader, provided teaser information and whetted the appetite for books 2 and 3.
Complexity of characters was lacking in some of the later introduced characters, but I’m sure they’ll be explored in more detail in the next book/s. The main cast had quite a lot of time to unfold their natures to the reader and do so in a manner that I don’t really trust yet, but I feel that was the intention.
It feels to me that Megan will portray a character in a certain way to start, only to have that original idea smashed by some later revelation. This is quite ingenious as it allows for character growth that the reader experiences too.
I loved the Irish history and legends that coursed through this book and long to delve further into the Sidhe and Fianna.
The biggest blow to this book was the love triangle. I am hoping it is redeemed later in the trilogy, but I’m not holding my breath.
**Note: I was provided an electronic copy of this book through NetGalley in return for an honest review**