Plot: The third volume in York’s Derbfine series, set in Medieval Ireland, might be better classified as a romantic fantasy than a mystery. The focal point of the narrative is the explosive relationship between betrothed central characters Brighit and Darragh, and Brighit’s eventual acceptance of her role as wife—with some conditions. Murder of a prominent leader leads to suspicion and tension between clans.
Prose: York’s clean and often poetic prose is peppered with distinctive dialect that feel unique to its finely crafted universe.
Originality: York offers an engaging and eventful romantic story that uniquely integrates historical content.
Character Development: Characters from the previous books in the series are reintroduced to unfamiliar or forgetful readers. York’s protagonist is a strong-willed, sympathetic heroine, who challenges traditional gender roles. York also concentrates on the supporting protagonist, Darragh, whose relationship with Brighit evolves from an arranged, unwanted betrothal to an authentic partnership.
Date Submitted: May 16, 2018