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Most Helpful Favorable Review

28 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

The Fox will lead you into another world

I sought out this book after seeing it listed as recommended reading on The Celtic Myth Podshow website. I was further surprised to find that it was free as an ebook. After reading it I can honestly say that this book was way beyond my expectations. I could not put t...
I sought out this book after seeing it listed as recommended reading on The Celtic Myth Podshow website. I was further surprised to find that it was free as an ebook. After reading it I can honestly say that this book was way beyond my expectations. I could not put this book down and when I did have to (for such things as food and sleep), I found myself thinking about the characters as though they were real. Even now, after having finished the book, I find myself reflecting upon the characters often. I miss them!

The characters are the strength of Radasky's book. She creates multidimensional, living breathing characters both in a modern setting, and through her meticulous research, in the Iron Age Scottish Pictish age. Radasky uses her knowledge of the period in time expertly, never over handed or lectured. Instead she uses just enough to create a vivid picture in the reader's mind. Radasky is able to bring to life the traditions, spirituality and politics of a culture that is mostly unknown to many of us, and she does so with care and respect. There is no overt fantasy and grandiose speculation that often happens with fictionalizing the Celtic or Pre-Celtic people.

I am an avid reader, but there are few books that really reach me as deeply as this book did. I admit that I was mostly interested in the story of Lovern and Jahna over that of Aine. But, I thought that Aine's story was written with such honesty and depth that her character felt just as real.

I highly recommend this book if you like historical fiction, are interested in archeology, Scottish history, things Celtic, romance and pre-Christian spirituality. I think you will be pleasantly surprised by this first novel by Arlene Radasky. Oh, and if your second toe is longer than your first, you may just find this book all the more interesting!

posted by asgalbraith on March 25, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

"A" for effort

This is an interesting read. I like the concept of the past speaking to the present and it is relatively well meshed. In a story like this the author usually seems to struggle with the characters of the past, but the opposite is true here. Radasky does a good job of ...
This is an interesting read. I like the concept of the past speaking to the present and it is relatively well meshed. In a story like this the author usually seems to struggle with the characters of the past, but the opposite is true here. Radasky does a good job of bringing the ancient characters to life while struggling with the present-day ones.

The main characters speaking in the first person was not at all confusing, although why an important yet secondary character was allowed his own chapters to speak in the first is beyond me. Lovern could easily have stayed a secondary character.

I was somewhat turned off by the sex scenes that seem so out of place and unnecessary. I got the feeling that Radasky added them just to say her book had sexual encounters in it. The most ridiculous of the scenes involves making "soapy love" in the shower. What??

Also, a good editing is in order. The abundance of commas literally drove me to distraction. It would be interesting to count how many were actually used, and how many of them were used correctly.

In all, I found this to be an easy and mostly enjoyable read and recommend it.

posted by amydague on January 5, 2012

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