Title: Hiraeth: A Loss Colled
Author: Liz Riley Jones
Page Count/Review Word Count: 376
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.
A Loss Colled is the third and final book in Liz Riley Jones’ Hiraeth trilogy, and it brings everything to a neat and tidy closure, although not without plenty of drama along the way. Here, we finally learn the secrets behind Mona and Cai’s strange visions, and we discover the ultimate fate of the characters that we’ve grown to know and love along the way. Cai is at his best in this book, in my opinion; Mona, meanwhile, is battered and broken, but not defeated.
One criticism that I would have is the long flashback scene, where Mona shows Cai what happened to her whilst she was away. I can’t say any more than that without giving things away, but I do think that it seemed to go on for too long, although I admit that it was also necessary to fully establish all of the mythology.
But for me, that’s the only thing that I can comment on, because everything else about the book was exactly as I’ve come to expect – intriguing, well-written, and a lot darker than it might appear at first glance. I’ll be honest, when I first started reading the first Hiraeth book, I didn’t think I was going to like it; now, at the end of the series, I feel like it’s a part of me, and I’ll certainly recall these books with fond memories and check out anything Liz writes in the future.
Overall, then, I think my favourite book was actually the first one, but I find it difficult to choose between the other two – all three were great, and all three of them have exceeded my expectations, with each of them rising the bar as they go. I also love the way that Jones uses gaelic languages to add realism to the story, and I often found myself drifting away, suspending my disbelief and wishing I could run away and go and join the Welsh, as if I could help in some way. So go read this!