Title: Hiraeth: A Burden-Baich
Author: Liz Riley Jones
Page Count/Review Word Count: 362
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.
I read and reviewed the first book in this series a while back, after Liz got in touch with me and asked me if I’d be interested in taking a look at it. She sent me a copy, I read it and loved it, and she remembered me. Then, when this – the second book in the series – was released, she got in touch with me to ask if I’d like to continue the adventure.
I’m glad that I accepted, and now I can’t wait for the third and final book, although I also don’t want it to end. Basically, it’s set in our own world and follows the stories of the remnants of the celtic druids, still alive today and with a fierce feud causing all sorts of problems between the Welsh and the Irish.
There’s a little big of magic, but there’s also a little bit of modern technology, and the mix is done very well – the characters are also all three-dimensional and memorable, and you’ll get to see a lot of familiar faces. A lot of people die, by the way, so you’d better keep your fingers crossed.
Now, as much as I enjoyed the first book in the series, I feel like Liz has really hit her stride here in the second – because the scene has already been set, so to speak, the book can be packed full of action, and I found myself sucked in after the first dozen pages. That’s not to say that you won’t be able to enjoy it if you haven’t read the first book – it would still work well as a standalone, although I would recommend reading them in order if you can.
And I would recommend reading them. Liz has surprised me twice, now – both times, her work has been better than I expected. I just hope she keeps on writing after the Hiraeth trilogy is over. I expect she’ll keep me updated!