300 pages, E-book
Tour copy from author
Young Adult Fiction
How did an exiled girl become the most powerful witch in legend?
Britain, 480 AD. Saxon barbarians are invading, pushing the civilized British out of their own island. Morgan is the daughter of the governor of Cornwall. But when her father is murdered and her mother taken as the King's new wife, she has to flee to Ireland to avoid being murdered herself.
But Ireland is no refuge. She's captured in a slave raid and sold to a village witch. As Morgan comes of age, she discovers her own immense magical powers. She falls in love with a young Irish chieftain, and makes him powerful.
But will her drive for revenge destroy her one chance for love and happiness?
The plot drew me into this story once it got going, but much of the writing is telling and not showing. It felt dry at times which made the plot harder to enjoy, but once we fell for Anna it was hard resist liking the storyline.
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It seems like not many watched the Starz adaptation of Camelot, but this is basically that story from a different viewpoint. A viewpoint that makes Anna/Morgan not seem evil, but a justified foe of Uter’s. Epstein does a great job of making this character seem alive. She is strong, resilient, and has great love for her family.
At times the name switch can get confusing as the transition wasn’t as clear as it could have been and after she had claimed her name Anna was occasionally still used.
I adore the imagery of Ireland as it’s one of my favorite lands, but at times it can get verbose with descriptions of the land and others leaving me wanting to see more. But the primary problem is the skipping about. Transitions in general seem to be lacking or at least not explained as fully as they should be. Keeping up with her current age was difficult.
The historical accounting of bringing religion to Britain and Ireland was so rich, as a history major I was not able to escape it’s grasp. In all this book may have a few technical errors that could be easily fixed with a little more editing, but in the end it a story rich with history, characterization, and plot.