"Fantastic story of redemption!"
The last we heard of Lady Rhiannon, she was trapped inside
a tree in Oklahoma by Clint's sacrifice. Of course, she was
pregnant at the time. Now Rhiannon slowly becomes aware of
herself and her surroundings. When she feels life growing
within her, Rhiannon knows she's still alive. Her hatred of
Shannon, Clint, and everything else that conspired against
her in life is consuming her. It is at this point Pryderi,
a god of darkness, makes himself known to Rhiannon. If she
will pledge herself and her daughter to Pryderi, he will
get her out of the tree. In a way, Rhiannon tricks him into
getting her out of the tree. When her labor starts,
Rhiannon agrees to give herself to Pryderi, but does not
promise her unborn child, nor does she renounce Epona. Not
surprisingly, when her daughter, Morrigan MacCallan, is
born, Rhiannon undergoes a transformation and regrets what
she has done during her life. Epona forgives Rhiannon and
gives her a choice of where to go once she dies, which will
be very soon. Rhiannon chooses to remain by her daughter
and counsel her as she grows to ensure Morrigan doesn't
make the mistakes she did. And Rhiannon dies. An Indian
Shaman takes Morrigan to Shannon's parents to raise.
Meanwhile, in Partholon, Shannon has just given birth to
her own daughter, Myrna. She felt something and wasn't
surprised when Epona shows up and informs her Rhiannon has
died. The Goddess has a mission for Shannon—she travels to
her birthplace and warns her father of the evil following
Morrigan, for Pryderi wants a Chosen as his own and will
pursue Morrigan. And so time passes. When Myrna is grown
up, she goes to her mother and informs Shannon of her
pregnancy and that she intends to marry a mortal.
Heartbroken Myrna will not be following in her footsteps as
Epona's Chosen, Shannon is glad at least Myrna has found
someone to love and who loves her. At the birth of Myrna's
daughter, Shannon is once again visited by Epona, this time
the visit is to let Shannon know her daughter will not
survive childbirth, but her granddaughter will one day
become a Chosen of great power.
In Oklahoma, Morrigan has also reached the age of eighteen.
Even as a child, Morrigan has never felt as if she fit in.
Always an outsider and painfully shy, Morrigan took acting
classes to try and fit in. Now before college, Morrigan has
talked her friends into exploring a cave with her. The fact
their guide is someone Morrigan is attracted to and the
attraction seems mutual, is only icing on the cake in her
opinion. Once they get inside the cave, Morrigan feels as
if she has come home. When she puts her hand on a huge
selenite boulder, it speaks to her and lights up. When
Morrigan tells her grandparents what happened, she is the
one in for a surprise. They have finally decided to tell
Morrigan the truth about her birth and her mother. All this
time, Morrigan thought Shannon was her mother, when in
reality it was Rhiannon. Devastated, Morrigan returns to
the cave and touches the boulder again. When Kyle hears
something in the cave, he goes to investigate and finds
Morrigan and the whole cave lit up with light. Just when
things get interesting, her grandparents find her. At this
point, a cave in starts and Morrigan tries to get the
others to leave. Her grandparents leave, but Kyle refuses
and ends up buried during the cave in. Morrigan is pulled
into the boulder and comes out in Partholon among the
Sidetha, who call her their Light Bringer. The fact the
High Priestess is a dead ringer for who Morrigan thought
was her grandmother only endears the woman to her. Finally,
Morrigan is where she belongs.
Is this Morrigan's destiny? To live in Partholon as the
Light Bringer of the Goddess Adsagsona? But just whose
voice has Morrigan been hearing in the wind her whole life?
What of the evil pursuing Morrigan?
DIVINE BY BLOOD is a bit darker than the other stories in
this series, but no less entertaining a read. P.C. Cast
weaves her magic once again in this story of redemption and
love. Plus, we get the added bonus of finding out what's
happening in Shannon's life. The story starts with
Rhiannon's redemption as she sacrifices her eternity in
Epona's meadows for her daughter. Then we ride right along
with Morrigan as she must decide what path her life will
take—good or evil. This is not a light little read, it's a
story of life and love and loss and how we all deal with
these issues. P.C. Cast is an auto buy author for me, and
this book is no exception to that rule. I highly recommend
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted September 1, 2007
Conceived in a lie and trapped in a tree throughout her gestation, Morrigan's birth was truly magical. After that start, she spent the next eighteen years raised as a normal girl in Oklahoma.
Upon discovering the truth of her heritage, her rage and grief take on a power of their own, carrying her back to the world of Partholon. Yet, instead of being respected as the daughter of the goddess Incarnate, Morrigan feels like a shunned outsider.
In her desperation to belong in Partholon, she confronts forces she doesn't fully understand or control. And soon a strange darkness draws closer….