This book started off with an interesting enough preminse and I wanted to like it but I couldn't get into plot or the characters. I was also turned off by the dialect that the characters used. There were too many, o'er and thee and thou's for me. I didn't even get to the 5th chapter. I really wanted to like this book.
Ah, it's the law of the universe (the PBS universe, that is). For once it's a snap to order all the books in a series at once - and then of course you find out you don't care to finish them all. That was the case here. Fired up by good reviews, I got them all lined up before I started reading the first. I really expected to like this series! I think it may actually be pretty decent. But the author's dogged attempt to reproduce a dialect just completely gets in the way of the story for me. It's such a tough slog because of the language that I couldn't even get halfway through the first book in the series.
This was a wonderful fantasy novel; it's very traditional swords and sorcery epic fantasy. This is the first of six books in the Witches of Eileanan series. Previous to reading this series I had read Forsyth's Rhiannon's Ride series (which I loved) and Bitter Greens (which I wasn't able to finish). So I was pleasantly pleased when I enjoyed this book even more than the Rhiannon's Ride series.
I loved all the interesting characters and world presented here. You switch viewpoint a lot but I was impressed with how quickly I became engaged in each characters story and the events surrounding them. This is a world where witches have been forced into hiding while a powerful sorceress takes over the throne of Eileanan.
There are magic, dragons, different types of fae and some interesting prophecies and traditions. There is a lot of adventure in here (which I love), some fascinating magic, and intrigue.
Overall I thought this was an amazing fantasy novel and a great start to this series. I loved everything about this book including the characters, the world, the writing style; it was all incredibly engrossing and engaging. If you haven't read this fantasy series yet, and are a big traditional fantasy fan, I would highly recommend it!
On the Day of Reckoning, the witches of Eileanan were outlawed- and violationsof the new order were punishable by death, Eileanan's Great Towers, once meccas of magic and learning, were left in ruins. And now, the entire land trembles in fear...
Yet deep in the mountains, in the shadow of Dragonclaw, a young girl is being tutored in the old ways. Ignorant of her past, uncertain of her future, the foundling Isabeau will soon be forced down a dangerous path of prophesy, conspiracy, and magic. It is a world where dragons possess the key to ancient mysteries...where a lost prince will discover a strange and wonderous destiny...and where the ultimate battle between good and evil will be waged.