Misfortune of Vision (Druid's Brooch #4)


Fae magic runs heavily in the hills of Ireland, and although Christianity has claimed the land for its own, in 12th century Ireland, the people still respect the old ways. Which is why when Orlagh, the king’s seer, foresees war coming her way and is warned to find an heir to the family heirloom that fuels her gift, she determines to warn her king and take on her own quest to find a worthy heir for her fae brooch. Declan is plagued with bad luck and a lack of confidence. When he stumbles across an Ostmen town and an apprenticeship with the local Blacksmith, he thinks he might have a chance to turn things around. Unfortunately, becoming worthy of success is difficult with war stirring and the fae waiting in the wings. 

Told from the alternating perspectives of both Orlagh and Declan, “Misfortune of Vision” is tale steeped in the fantasy of ancient Ireland and is intriguing from beginning to end. The fourth book in the “Druid’s Brooch” series, it can be read as a stand-alone tale. The plot is well done, weaving the two tales together without confusing them, and developing the characters, their flaws, and their emotions in a way that makes them feel alive. Still, the romance felt off somehow, despite the sensual lilt to it. And some of the plot and conflict points are predictable. Still, the story has many good qualities, and lovers of fantasy and historical tales combined will find this worth a read.

Sarah E Bradley