I've read the hefty beast that is Waldo's "Sacajawea". And having enjoyed that, I decided to give this first book in a series of hers a try. I wasn't nearly as thrilled with it, although it wasn't terrible.
is a young mistress of Prince Owain, who rules over Wales. On an
auspicious night, she becomes pregnant with her third child but then is
unlucky enough to give birth to a son at the same time Owain's other two
women give birth to sons. Because of a talk earlier, Owain decides
only one son may live so Brenda flees to a Druid encampment. Forces out
of her control make her have to go back to Owain's court and leave
young Madoc behind, where he will be fostered away from her for years.
is a mix of intelligent and "what the heck were you thinking". And we
are constantly told how wise she is. I personally prefer to be shown,
and there's only a little of that for her character. In fact, she
always takes the road of least resistance, and it can end up hurting
those around her. Owain is a weird person and completely unwise. He
seems more concerned with pride than anything else, and that's kind of
disappointing. Madoc, for being such an important character to the
story, isn't in it very much. And we always see him through Brenda's
eyes so there aren't any flaws to be found either. There were a ton of
other characters too and at times I got them confused with each other.
There were just so many. A lot were based on real people though, and I
did enjoy learning a bit more about them than I knew before.
is gifted with lots and lots of words. While this isn't as long as
some of her other books, it does tend to go on and on quite a bit. In
fact, I had a hard time getting into this book at first because I was
bored by the endless detail. But the further I got in the better it
got. I became captivated by Brenda's tale and even while I was
frustrated at times I still wanted to know what happened. She even got
down to the nitty gritty on Druid medicine. That description is in
everything and there is murder, sex, violence, and other such things in
this book. Those at least aren't overly descriptive but they're still
there. The history I can't say is all correct, I don't know enough
about that period of time or region, but it seems like she did do a lot
of research for the book. And she was kind enough to list her sources
An ok book. I don't think it told the terrific tale
that Sacajawea did, but it still chronicled a very strong woman's life.
I might pick up the second book if I come across it.
Circle of Stones