This book has been on my tbr for a while, it’s brilliant to have one less book on my tbr. This was the third book I read as part of my Summer Reading Challenge.
I was hooked by the mystery surrounding Ailia, she was abandoned as a baby and not knowing her mother she was born without ‘Skin’ and treated differently by the community. The era the book is set in, Celtic Britain, was also what drew me in, it reminded me a bit of The Mists Of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley (lots of similarities! a lovely book I haven’t read in ages but want to again). I enjoyed the atmosphere of the book, until there was a ritual involving human sacrifice. Reading that I was ready to quit reading but continued anyway.
Once I got passed that point I became hooked again and couldn’t stop reading. There was always something happening, the plot moved on seamlessly and I was never bored. It seemed a perfect story that drew me in.
Until the end. The end was so disapointing, I don’t know whether the end was to prove some point about trying and failing, SPOILER, Ailia fails. The end made it all pointless: there was no point to her journey as she didn’t accomplish anything for the greater good, only for herself. At the end of this type of book, you expect a high point, a success. Even a small one.
If felt like it was left open for a sequel, which I will not be reading, and maybe that was the point. Maybe the point was that the Romans win. I don’t know. You could say it’s realistic, I guess. But I didn’t like it, and felt like I’d wasted my time reading this book to have such a dissatifying ending. She could’ve had one win.
SPOILER She’s given this sword, if you kill with it then you can’t use it for any other purpose. She needs this sword to pierce a veil and save someone but she kills with it to save another. And she told her tribe a lie because she couldn’t see the future, if she hadn’t maybe they would’n’t have all been killed!
I’d love to know what others have thought of this book?
I know this is the second negative review… Don’t worry it’s looking up. I’m reading a wonderful book at the moment. It’s utterly perfect. One of those books that make me an instant fan of the author.
Watch this space. 🙂