Book Review - Hiraeth A Burden - Baich - Marc - Liz Riley Jones

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

This is a second in the Hiraeth trilogy by Liz Riley Jones. I was sent the first book to review in January and she recently reached out to me to see if I would like to review the second book. 

I was really eager to read the second book as the first left us on a cliffhanger of Eastenders Proportions. You can read my review of the second book here

This book was very easy to get into as it picks up exactly where the first book left off.  It's set in a modern day Druid community in Wales. Mona is the lead female character she is a warrior who has just had a baby and is coming to terms with her ex partner returning home which is the main feature of the previous book. 

As in the first book they are still searching for the traitor in the camp and having to defend their community from the Irish Druids.

I love that it's set in the present day but looks back on old traditions and practices, the elements of myth, magic and legends really appeal to me. This book also brings in the use of modern technology which I won't give too much away but it it's briefly mentioned in book one but it's brought out in this book. 

One of the things I did find confusing was the cross over of names. Similar names are used in both camps. For example Cian and Cai and some characters are known by more than one name or a nickname 

While the book is fantasy I can imagine knowing some of the characters which helped to blend the myth with real life. 

The book is action past and moves at a much quicker pace than the first book which meant I read it very quickly. It answers some of the questions left by book one and raise a host more ready for book 3 which I'm excited to read. 

I would recommend reading the first book before this one as I didn't feel there was a lot of recapping as there often is in book series. I felt like I was expected to know who people were and this isn't a criticism as I liked this in a book just a little heads up. 

This series is well worth a read and I can't wait for the 3rd one to come out and I'm excited to read all three books back to back.

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