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.