THE WELL OF SHADES
The third book in the Bridei Chronicles series is an excellent stand-alone novel. Backstory is so skillfully woven into
the narrative that even newcomers
can appreciate the emotional and
plot-furthering nuances of every scene. Marillier's passion for Celtic music, Irish folklore and languages is evident in her writing -- the characters and plot form
a fine example of literary Celtic knotwork: Twists and turns, bright threads and unexpected shadings contribute to a satisfying whole. Fans of the series will not be disappointed with this installment.
As malicious, subtle enemies threaten peace, Faolan, Eile, Broichan and King Bridei himself must learn about the hardest lesson of all -- love. (Tor, May, 496pp., $26.95)