73 points, 3 ¾ stars
In Sylvalan, a witch hunt has begun. Witches are being taken from their homes and tortured into admitting wrongdoing. The Fae are content to live in their homes in Tir Alainn and only venture out when they want to play with the humans. Only, their homes are disappearing one by one, and they don’t know why. They have to figure out what the pillars of the world are. Then one young witch is tricked into participating in a mating ceremony, with a fae on the other end, and everything changes. For both witches and fae.
So, if she couldn’t ignore it, what kind of lover would she like to draw to her?
“A man who has kindness inside him as well as strength. A man who could accept me for what I am.”
Tir Alainn is the last series in my “I should read all of Anne Bishop’s works” idea. I first found her in 2014 with The Others, and it took until earlier in 2018 to read the Black Jewels before moving on to Ephemera and now this. Once I started actually reading The Pillars of the World, I was super into it and I didn’t want to put it down. The problem was actually picking it up in the first place. If I had to set this book down for any reason at all, even just to rub the tired out of my eyes, I never wanted to pick it up again. So, this was just really hard for me to read. I liked it, but I also hated reading it.
If you’ve been following me at all, you’ll know one of my favourite things in the world to read are fae. I’m constantly looking for more good fae to read about. Holy crap, is this set a group of complete and utter assholes. They’re completely selfish. They basically have no powers that they use, except for selfish reasons. They’re almost as evil as the witch hunters who are torturing women, simply through their inaction.
If you have ever read an Anne Bishop series before, you know she likes to show the perspective of the villain. Tir Alainn has the best of her villains I’ve read. This one was smarter and better than the rest, though that isn’t exactly saying a lot. This may be because Adolfo, our leader of the witch hunters, is modelled of of Torquemada. Adolfo feels more real than most of Bishop’s villains because this has actually happened in our history. Not this exact story, mind. This is still a fantasy series. Yet it feels real. It feels evil.
I’ve figured out finally why every single Anne Bishop story feels almost the same. It is because she only writes two women across her every one of her books. Every single woman in every single one of her series is one archetype or the other. They all feel like the same character, and Tir Alainn isn’t the exception. Ari is sweet and kind, and definitely like Meg and Lynnea. Diana and Morag are more vicious and powerful, like Jaenelle and Glorianna. I think I hated reading this in part because I felt like I was reading the same thing I have already read from her before.
For as much trouble as I had reading this, I definitely feel justified in finishing this book. I WAS DUPED! I didn’t expect this to end the way it did! I don’t understand how I could have been so dang wrong! I can’t believe he did that to me. I can’t believe everything.
Also: this was the first Anne Bishop series I’ve read where coffee isn’t jammed into every scene somehow. There was just tea, and it didn’t get shoved in everywhere.
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