Are you ready for a fantasy adventure – The Sisters of Inishford?
Thanks for checking out my review of The Sisters of Inishford by a fellow Indie Author Jessica Monahan! WARNING: This review will contain spoilers. Let me share my experiences with you about this book and chat with others who have also read it!
Before The Story
When I bought the e-book for The Sisters of Inishford, I was supporting a friend, Jessica Monahan, who was selling her book to raise money for charity. I really wanted to read it because I think it’s so important to support indie authors who don’t have the same resources as those who are traditionally published. I don’t usually read a lot of fantasy books, but I’m trying to change that and expand what I read.
Keywords: family, kingdom, war, marriage, adventure, self-discovery
Point of View: Third person omniscient (only between the three sisters of the story).
Main Characters: Princesses Eibhlin, Cassidy, and Brianna.
One Sentence Summary: Cunning women end the war.
I loved that this story featured strong women who know who they are, but also change and grow along the way. Each woman has their own unique, dynamic personality and they look after each other. Eibhlin is the eldest sister. She likes to ride horses and throw knives with the boys, but also enjoys wearing dresses and setting up the common room in her new castle home to entertain family and friends. She is feminine, but has her own strong voice and isn’t afraid to speak it.
Brianna is the middle sister. The most feminine of the three. She loves to sing and be a beautiful princess. After some peril brought on by this evil guy who is the nephew of the enemy king, she loses her way and battles fear and depression. Through her journey to get back to normal, she becomes a Zorseshan, a healer, connecting with nature and learning how to grow her own plants to make medicine. She helps in the war effort, along with her sisters.
Cassidy is the youngest, but maybe the most cunning of them all. She hates sewing pointless images on cloth and wants to help her father made a battle plan for the war. She dresses up as a maid to rescue her falsely accused tutor. Makes a plan to trick the rival king in an effort to bring the war to an end. She is smart, quirky, and without her, their brother never would have been saved.
My experience with this book was very character driven. Every character had a full personality with a unique voice. They were well developed, funny, exciting, interesting, and helped bring more life into the book. The royal family of Inishford is noble, honourable, and did whatever it took to protect each other.
The Low Lights
Whenever I read a book, I can’t help but have my editor hat on. This being a self-published debut novel, I did notice a few grammatical errors here and there. Nothing that took away from the story, but I found them and wished I could edit it.
There were two instances when I wish there was more action in the book. Or at least the action would have been shown. First, there was a point where Eibhlin rides after her husband and a group of knights to join them in their training. The men trick her and pretend to kidnap her, but we only hear about it through dialogue in the dining hall, not while it actually happened.
The second was when the bad guy, Regis, and Brianna’s husband die in a fight. Since the story takes place from the perspective of the women, it makes sense that we as readers don’t see it. It would have been fun though to find a way to see it all play out to up the action.
After the Story
Overall, this was a fantastically written story where I gained so much love and respect for the characters. I give this four out of five bookworms! Though there are things I would change about the book’s plot, I don’t want to be too critical about a fellow indie author. A lot of heart and effort went into this book, and that shows in the writing. I hope others read this book and enjoy every word of it! Amazing job, Jessica!
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