Riva, scarred in a terrible fire, fears she will never heal.
Keyne battles to be seen as the king's son, when born a daughter.
And Sinne, the spoiled youngest girl, yearns for romance.
All three fear a life of confinement within the walls of the hold – a last bastion of strength against the invading Saxons. But change comes on the day ash falls from the sky, bringing Myrddhin, meddler and magician, and Tristan, a warrior whose secrets will tear the siblings apart. Riva, Keyne and Sinne must take fate into their own hands, or risk being tangled in a story they could never have imagined; one of treachery, love and ultimately, murder. It's a story that will shape the destiny of Britain.
I found this to be a wonderful historical story, with fantasy elements, that centres around 3 very different sisters who are all struggling to deal with finding their place and their role in a world that is changing around them.
They are the children of King Cador and while he sets out to protect them, they are the kind of women who want to break free, to follow their own paths and that is proving ever more difficult. I loved how different the sisters - Riva, Keyne and Sinne - are from one another. Their outlooks, their strengths, weaknesses.... it really does help you to connect to each character as their stories are told separately against the backdrop of the world around them proving to be a very dark place.
It also brings to the fore the struggles we can all face growing up - the expectations of others and ourselves, wanting to be heard and seen despite feeling like we're being oppressed - and these young women face all of this and it's a challenging time. We get to witness young women learning things about themselves - not all good! - and facing adversity and sibling rivalry. And dealing with a father who won't listen to them or give them credit is never a good thing to factor in to the mix!
This was an epic and absorbing story that I totally lost myself in and couldn't read quick enough to see how their stories played out! There's action,angst and magic throughout, and it was amazing to watch these women find their feet and their voices!