Irish Traveler Éamonn loves gambling, women, and drinking, not necessarily in that order. But he’s entangled in a true mess when he falls for fiery redhead, Katie. When she’s married to a Scottish Traveler, Éamonn travels to Scotland to find her, with the help of Katie’s sister and cousin, and the magical brooch gifted by his father. Their quest takes them across the Irish Sea to the Isle of Skye, encountering war, betrayal, death. In the end, Éamonn must make his own luck.
Legacy of Luck is the third in the Druid’s Brooch series, though also works very well as a stand-alone story. Christy Nicholas clearly knows her stuff when it comes to this time in history and Irish folklore. The book was fairly well written, except for scattered typos or editing mistakes toward the end, and had the qualities of a classic novel in many aspects.
My favorite part of the story was definitely the elements of Fae magic and Traveler legends. Despite the fantasy aspects, Nicholas did a fantastic job of weaving in elements of both reality and folklore in such a way that every bit of it was believable. I felt swept into the possibilities, the sparks of light, and wistfully imagining it was real.
Overall, I also enjoyed the characters and the different dynamics I could understand their individual points of view, backgrounds, and personalities which then made their decisions fit and logical.
The main complaint I had was that I felt the plot moved rather slowly at times and there wasn’t much in the area of character growth and development. I felt the characters were mostly the same except for small changes throughout the story, except perhaps the sharp turn of events toward the end with two of the main ones. There were several moments where I was quite frustrated with the turn of events as they played out.
Admittedly, I’m a hopeless romantic. I could accept that the events were realistic and the most likely outcome of the events had they been real situations. Yet I was still left wanting when I saw the characters suffering helplessly with no apparent light at the end of the tunnel. However, I will also say that this frustration pushed my curiosity on how it would end and spurred me onward.
This book had a great blend of real and fantasy elements that made it feel like a well-written classic and simultaneously a modern historical tale. If you enjoy stories surrounding folklore and adventure, this is definitely for you.
I give it 3.8 out of 5 stars due to the slowness at times and the editing mistakes scattered throughout.
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