Readers are leaving some lovely comments on Age of Saints, book #7 in The Druid’s Brooch Series
“This story has its own unique identity, but also ‘fits’ wonderfully well with its companions in the collection. As with all the other books in this series, I really love all the attention to detail and the vividly descriptive storytelling that Ms. Nicholas excels at- it brings her stories to life and makes them very realistic, believable, and entirely captivating- and she always delivers a really well written tale. Each book in the series is fascinating on its own, but then you begin to realise that each one contributes a fragment in a bigger picture that is being revealed. Each book draws you in and gets you wondering right from the start. Superb!
The character/s are complex, fully realised individuals who are so cleverly crafted- with interesting and likeable (or detestable natures)- as the author is easily able to sway you one way or another.
I can’t wait to continue this series!” – Angela, Amazon Reviewer
“Age of Saints is the seventh book in Christy Nicholas’ Druid’s Brooch Series. The series consists of stories following the same family at different points in history, and a magical heirloom which plays a significant role in each of their stories. The books are not chronological, jumping between different centuries, and can be read as standalones or as part of the series.
What I really like about this series is the extent to which it is grounded in history and traditional folklore. Nicholas paints a vivid picture of every time and place we encounter, and doesn’t miss an opportunity to teach us a bit about life at the time. Age of Saints is no different – I swear I could smell the smoke and mud in the roundhouses!
Age of Saints follows Conall, who inherited the brooch from his father, and his sister Lainn. They are on the run from their abusive stepfather, desperate to find safety and reluctant to trust anyone. There’s a good dynamic between Conall and Lainn – they are protective and caring towards each other but with a healthy amount of teasing when safety allows for it.
I particularly enjoyed the animal characters. Lainn is able to communicate with them, and so they play a significant part in the story. Barnabus the bee is probably my favourite…
For me, this is a five star book. I love the rich, magical world Nicholas describes. I enjoy learning bits of Irish Gaelic and Irish history and how the fantasy elements draw on folklore and tradition. I’d recommend the series to fans of historical fantasy, particularly with an interest in Celtic settings.” — Frances, Amazon Reviewer
“Family is at the core of this series, and that’s nowhere more apparent than in the heartwarming and heartbreaking relationship between Conall and his little sister Lainn. Their journey to escape their brutish stepfather takes them through druid groves, haunted roundhouses, and straight into Faerie where Conall learns the truth of his nature and his past. As usual the research from this time period is spot on and impeccably interwoven with the story line. Just wait until you see how a young saint resolves his conflict with the old ways. I loved this installment and cannot wait to read the next one!” – MO, Amazon Reviewer