Date published: 01/08/2018
Date read: 05/07/2021
One random, violent act is enough to change Sarah Macintyre’s life forever.
Left unsettled, and yearning for a new beginning, Sarah is unsure of what to do with her life. But one day she discovers an anonymous letter hidden amidst a pile of unopened mail. The note, however, contains nothing more than a confusing riddle. Intrigued and excited, Sarah’s hunger for a new life compels her to search for the author to understand the puzzle and solve the mystery.
Embarking on a journey that will shape the rest of her life and that of her family, Sarah uncovers a past of which she had no knowledge, a present she must find a path through, and a future filled with intense grief and utmost joy.
Thanks to Rob Biggs for sending me a copy of all 3 books in his Sarah Macintyre series.
I read the first book (Song of the Robin) so quickly, I thought it was superb for an under-the-radar author and book series. I felt it could rival any of the big well known fantasy series out there today. Rob sent me all 3 books to read, but I didn’t go straight from the first to the second as I needed some time to fully digest what I’d read in the first.
Whilst there were perhaps some questions left after the first book, I didn’t feel there could be enough to warrant another book, especially to the standard of the first one, but I’m so glad I was wrong.
Rob had managed to write another story linked enough to the first so you know the characters and their stories, but it’s definitely its own thrilling, psychological mystery. It never dips in excitement or interest, and if you’re like me and always guessing what is coming, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at all the twists and turns round every corner. As with the first book, I wasn’t able to preempt the twists which kept me on my toes.
My predominate feeling to the first book was entertainment and enjoyment, and whilst I enjoyed this one greatly too, it also posed so many questions and got me thinking about my life end the life around us. You don’t expect a fantasy book to be so thoughtful and life affirming.
I felt this book is more human than the first. Theres more to it than just the fantastical spiritual nature. It’s all about us as humans within that world.
I spent a long time trying to decide if this was as good as the first one, and I think it is. The first one was so unique that it was special and I had nothing to compare it to. But I had that one in the back of my mind whilst reading this. I think the important thing is not to compare them. Yes they’re from the same series, but they’re their own story and are equally brilliant.