The Sister Fidelma mysteries are guilty pleasures to readers who enjoy arcane theological disputes, unpronounceable Celtic names, and plots more twisted than bed sheets fresh from the spin cycle. “Night of the Lightbringer” is a lively addition to the lengthy series, with Fidelma on home turf and challenged by a series of unsettling murders right under her brother Colgu’s royal drawbridge.
Indeed, the turmoil focuses on a mysterious abbey/fortress that the Eoghanacht monarchs have somehow never noticed, even though the building is roughly in hiking distance from Cashel—a plot defect that author Tremayne deals with gamely simply by having his characters repeatedly acknowledge the oddity. No problem. This story moves along quickly, full of inventive characters, unanticipated events, and several brutal murders. King Colgu has a rough time of it in this episode too, making us wonder about his future. And it might be intriguing if subsequent novels advanced the overall story line a bit more rapidly. Time for Alchu to grow up and start causing problems?
But if you enjoy the series, you’ll welcome the familiar way Fidelma unwinds a complicated plot in the final chapters of "Night of the Lightbringer," and you’ll likely have figured out, too, who the arch-villain is—though perhaps not that person’s motives. Kudos to Peter Tremayne for many hours of reading pleasure over decades now.
- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Headline; 1 edition (27 June 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1472238699
- ISBN-13: 978-1472238696
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.3 x 24.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 621 g
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