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Brighid’s Quest (Partholon #5) by P.C. Cast


Brighid's Quest (Partholon, #5)
Brighid’s Quest (Partholon #5)
by P.C. Cast
Rating: 5/5
 
Description:
 
Torn between the possibilities . . .
Fleeing her centaur clan’s increasingly militant beliefs, Brighid Dhianna has begun to find peace and acceptance among the humans of Clan MacCallan. Still, she agrees to leave her newly formed friendships to guide her clan chieftain’s grieving brother home.
As she journeys, Brighid discovers that the long-dormant Shaman blood that runs so thickly in her veins will no longer be silenced. As seductive new powers begin to beckon, Brighid glimpses a future that is more impossible — and more magical — than any she could have dared to imagine.
But when tragedy summons her back to the Centaur Plains, Brighid must make a decision that will affect not only her friendship with the humans, but the centaur herd and indeed the world. For the Great Goddess Epona has set her on a new path that demands everything she has to give.
When the whole world is turning to her for help, healing the heart of a warrior doesn’t sound so daunting . . .
 
Review:
This book just made me want to bang my head on the nearest wall…hard. This book picks up shortly after where Elphame’s Choice ends. This book however is all about Brighid and her quest, or I should say quests. She has several; spiritual, emotional and physical. Being the eldest daughter of the Shaman for the Dhianna centaurs, Brighid can feel the spiritual world, a pull towards being a Shaman herself. Brighid wants nothing to do with it. She loves her life with the Clan MacCallan and feels at home amongst the humans. However, a physical quest to bring home Cuchulainn leads her on an emotional and very personal journey where she learns that sometimes the plans you make for yourself are not always your destiny. 

This is another character driven book. There were a few exciting (action) moments, but mostly it was a self-discovery story with a prevalent forgiveness theme throughout. I enjoy character driven stories, but I needed some more drama and action. I was bored…and mad. 

Brighid, I really liked her character. She was a true and honorable friend who was hard on the outside and a little soft on the inside. Not only did she hide her emotions, she also hid them from herself. It’s when she starts to really open herself up to herself (and one other) you can see amazing character growth. 

Cuchulainn was the other main character in this book. He suffered a tremendous loss and he becomes just a shell of himself, someone who is just going through the motions of living. I appreciated the deep sorrow that Cuchulainn felt for the loss of Brenna. However, I found it disheartening that his grief was lessened to the fact that his soul was shattered and in the otherworld, which could be whole again, it just had to be retrieved by someone, which happened to be Brighid. I found it a little to convenient, like an easy out. I see it as “hey I am sad, let me find someone to retrieve my shattered soul so I can be happy again.” See what I mean? 

My biggest complaint is the relationship that forms between Brighid and Cuchulainn. After only two moon cycles, plus a few days (around 70ish) they become hand fasted. Really? How could someone that suffered a shattered soul, here it was Cuchulainn’s loss of his beloved Brenna, fall in love so quickly? I think it was dishonorable to Brenna. I could see purposefully written passages to try and persuade this new relationship with the readers, but I did not accede to it. I loathed it. When you hate something, it makes reading the book hard. 

-Kathy @SMBSLT

 

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