My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Beauty and the Beast set in medieval Ireland. Son of the Shadows continues the epic tale of Ireland and Britain begun in Daughter of the Forest. Like its predecessor, the second Sevenwaters novel is a sweeping tale of romance, tragedy, family and sacrifice. For me, Son of the Shadows wasn’t quite as romantic as Daughter of the Forest but it is full of complex and strong characters that pull you in right from the beginning. Liadan is every bit as surprisingly heroic as her mother, Sorcha, was and Bran, though not as romantic a hero, is darker and more complex than Red (Hugh). To find something to complain about would be nitpicking on my part. The end tied up a bit too conveniently yet there were many questions left unanswered that I’m sure will be the subject of subsequent books.