This is shaping up to be an excellent series. It follows the format of the previous book, the present day timeline and then a series of flashbacks to the reincarnations of our main characters from a previous timeline.
I enjoyed the flashbacks in this book quite a lot. Our main characters, apart from Nevyn, actually didn’t get a lot of screen time but focused on the raging civil war and the birth of a certain prominent family. Gweniver (Jill) was the only other ‘main’ character to feature prominantly, and her story was suitably tragic and tied up their wyrd’s perhaps even more.
Back in the present Rhodry is dealing with the aftermath of the previous book and adapting to life on the road whereas Jill is again finding herself involved in workings of dweomer and facing her affinity to it. Interestingly enough we also have a lot of POV’s from a dark dweomer practitioner and those are good to read if quite dark and disturbing in places. They were a quite mysterious presence in the first book but are shown in much more detail here and it has been done very well. Sometimes knowing the motivations of the bad guys can be disappointing but not in this case, quite the opposite in fact.
The prose again works well, there is a definite feel of legend to these books and I’m still loving the Celtic world she has created. There are more definite hints that these people fled our world somehow as there are references to Romans and Cicero, though they are spelled differently which would make sense. A great book and very much looking forward to the third.
5 stars out of 5