Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Elphame's Choice

Elphame's Choice
by P.C. Cast

I was marked from birth as belonging to the Goddess Epona--but that didn't make my life easy. Because of my "blessings," I was set apart, worshipped, unable to make real connections with others. Then came the Feeling, and with it a glimpse of my destiny. It led me to the MacCallen castle of legend, deserted since the terrible Fomorian war.

I followed the wordless call to breathe new life into a place long dead, but I didn't realize there were dark remnants of the war lingering in the nearby forest--victims and survivors who remained hidden. Others marked as different, powerful. Feared.

My choice was now twofold. I could keep to the happiness and safety of my newfound home, or I could choose a path that led to something more terrible, more dangerous, more thrilling than anything I'd ever expected.

In that future I might never be alone again. . .

I was excited to read this book because I am a huge fantasy/sci-fi person and I love the House of Night series by P.C. and Kristin Cast. I have to admit that I did not read the Divine by trilogy which is also set in Partholon and I think comes before this book. I plan to go back and read those now and then go on to read the next book in this series, Brighid's Quest.
This was definitely a good book, though P.C.'s tone is very different here than in HON. I think that people who read HON will have to mentally adjust to this series, but that's okay! I liked Elphame and her brother's characters very much. I thought that Cast did a great job explaining why there were these Formorians (the "bad guys") that brought out the forbidden love option for Elphame. Interesting. Not my favorite book of all time, but good.

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