"Long ago, the sorceress Lady Oonagh cast a curse over her own child. Now a druid, an ill-tempered raven and an adventurous young woman are drawn together as the time approaches for the evil magic to be undone. Fans of the Sevenwaters series will love this new episode, which fleshes out the history of druid Ciaran and his constant companion Fiacha."
Ahhhh, Juliet Marillier. Have you read Ms. Marillier yet? Read her, my dears. Read her for her imagery, her emotional finesse, her character clarity. Read her because once you were a little girl who believed in fairy tales, and she makes those fairy tales real again.
This isn't a long work, and it isn't her best. She dedicated almost no time to the emotional development of the female lead. But in this case, the girl need not take center stage. The broken boy within the man within the bird is the real story here. One imagines that if those ancient tale spinning druids were to tell their tales today, this is what it would look like.
Rating: Four notes of birdsong.