http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=Bibliograph07-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0451456890&fc1=F3EDED&IS2=1<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=040404&f=ifr…since, right smack in the middle of my job search AND Shark Week, both cable and Internet at the house are disconnected, and won’t be reconnected until Saturday. So here I am in Sugar Land for three reasons: Internet, lamp shade (won’t get into that), and most importantly…Mom’s birthday. Happy 35th Mom! 😉
The review for today is on The Witches of Eileanan and The Tower of Two Moons, both of which are listed on Amazon for 1 cent! It’s your lucky day! Though not really mine…
These are the first two books in The Witches of Eileanan series, which contains six books. Unfortunately, I only got the first two for free, so those are the only two I’ve read so far. That being said, eventually I will get around to the other four, because they are worth it.
Since the plots basically flow one right into the other with only minor conclusions at the end of each book, I’m going to lump the reviews for these two books together. And because I’m somewhat divided on my opinion of these books, I’m also breaking up this review.
First, synopsis: There’s a lot of stuff going on in this series, but mainly this–It takes place on another planet, far in the future (though the time period seems medieval) after human witches have bent time and space to leave Earth. Twenty years ago, a sorceress married the king and put a spell on him, then set about outlawing witchery and killing all those with any hint of magical abilities, except where it suits her purpose. In the present day, the story follows several (and by several I mean A LOT) of characters who are all part of a rebellion to depose the evil queen and restore the lawful and everyday practice of sorcery (in this book, not a bad thing). It’s a good plot, even if Forsyth draws it out a little.
I’m starting with cons because I always like to get the negative out of the way so the positive can cheer everybody up.
As I said before, Forsyth draws out the plot a great deal. Some of the events feel as if they could have been omitted, as could a lot of the nit-picky details (though I like to have a good knowledge and background of the setting and characters). Combine with that a dialect that is difficult to read silently (unless of course you’re actually Scottish) and vocabulary that requires a bit of study to learn, and the books definitely drag a bit. Vocabulary, you ask? For instance: “Righ” means king, “prionnsa” means prince (I think), “ken” means know, etc. Finally, with many MANY characters and plotlines to keep track of, it sometimes becomes difficult to follow. And darn it, sometimes I just want to know what happens to one character right away, not three chapters later!
With all that behind me, I would like to give credit to Forsyth for crafting both an intricately detailed new world, and an intriguing story. For all that it drags in places, most of the time it grasps hold of the reader’s interest and does not let go. The second novel is especially good at this. There are some truly surprising and page-turning parts. The characters, also, are well-written. One of the things that an author can impress me with most is if they are able to created characters that are easy to care about. Meghan, Isabeau, Iseult, Jorge, Lachlan, and many others are all clung to and well-wished by the reader.
Another thing that recommends this series, especially during this season, is that it is cheap ($0.01 USD!!) and easy to read, small and easy to carry. These books would make great beach reads.