I won't be reading the third book in the trilogy. Honestly I don't know where it could go from here. I'd rather be reading Juliet Marillier. It's rare that I don't like books endings, but I am giving this one 3 stars because of it. Whereas I had an enjoyable reading with the White Mare, I found myself skimming some chapters, as the ideas repeat many times. The ending is just sad. I could stand an assumed sad end, but I felt really angry at the author for giving us a sad ending disguised as epiphany.
All that suffering, all the losses were for nothingI am very disappointed, but I am still going to read the third book and see if I can ha It's rare that I don't like books endings, but I am giving this one 3 stars because of it. All that suffering, all the losses were for nothingI am very disappointed, but I am still going to read the third book and see if I can have some closure. I really enjoyed this book and was transferred to the time and place. I loved Rhiann's contemplations. After reading the historical notes it's obvious that the material was very well researched.
Jul 19, Emmeline The Book Herald rated it it was amazing Shelves: strong-female-character , favorites , suspense , adventure , series , knights , arranged-marriage , romance , mythology , medieval.
I'm usually a really really fast reader but when a book takes me a while to complete, its because im going to slowly to savour all that is in it. This book was definitely one of those books where I needed frequent breaks because my emotions where everywhere! It was simply marvelous and that little bit towards the en there are simply no words to express how much this book is amazing. It was simply marvelous and that little bit towards the end, oh man! Jules watson is amazing, talk about controlling your emotions, truly one of the best writers! I was sooo captivated throughout this historical fiction and I just absolutely adore the characters!
Eremon and Rhiann, watson wrote their characters so vividly that I felt like I could see everything that was going on as though I were there! And yea there were some scenes where I was like okay, move on please but trust me when I say you needed the breaks! Jun 15, Abby rated it it was ok Shelves: historical-fiction , celtic.
After a while this book just seemed to drag on and on. Same characters, same motivations, with only a slight escalation in the plot and an even bigger sense of doom. I actually skipped over the big event at the end. I already knew the outcome, so reading those chapters is akin to watching Titanic and reading the Silmarillion while rooting for the boat and elves. After that it's just a dragged out wrap up with a tie to the next book thrown in. The revelations for the characters are not earth-shat After a while this book just seemed to drag on and on. The revelations for the characters are not earth-shattering at least, not to the reader but their responses are in character.
Still, as a completist, I had to read the book so I could read the third. I doubt I would have missed much, but I haven't read much into the third book yet. The book isn't horrible and if you are invested in the characters, it is worth reading. Nov 05, Elien rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy. I gave this one three stars, because I can't give it three and a half. I liked the first book better, this one was a bit slow for my taste at certain points.
Nevertheless, there were some parts where I couldn't put it down as well. The grande finale takes up a whole lot of pages, which makes you dead curious to find out how it's going to end. And best of all, it's a satisfying ending, too. I've just started Song of the Nort I gave this one three stars, because I can't give it three and a half.
The Dawn Stag The Dalriada Trilogy Book 2, Jules Watson. (Hardcover )
I've just started Song of the North, the third book in the Dalriada trilogy. That book is another reason why I can't in all honesty give The Dawn Stag four stars: the third is the best one yet! But more on that once I've finished it. I guess I'm going against the grain but I loved this book more than the first. Our MC's are in love and now have to face one of the biggest battle ever- the roman invasion.
They must first to keep their culture alive against people who want to rule. They must fight against superior opponents to save their land. Its so action packed I just couldn't put it down. I loved the supporting cast. Getting to know the men in the army and to see the MC's interact more with the people around them was great. This book made me cry and laugh. I was anxious for the MC and their friends and cheered for their victories. I admit I'm less excited about the third book since the MC I have grown to love aren't in it, but I will continue the series for sure.
The second book of Watson's trilogy is, amazingly, better than the first. Here, the Roman invasion is unstoppable and Rhiann and Eremon must face the coming war, each having important roles to play. Watson's descriptions of Alba and the invading Roman army are wonderful.
Her fluid writing brings her well-researched details to life in a lovely way and is a real pleasure to read. I've so enjoyed reading about the travails of the Alban peoples during this time. Some of Rhiann's decisions drove me i The second book of Watson's trilogy is, amazingly, better than the first. Some of Rhiann's decisions drove me insane - and, Eremon's subsequent actions were extremely frustrating - but, all in all, I think they both matured in this book.
This is a great novel for anyone interested in Rome, the British Isles, or well-written historical fiction.
I'm torn between giving this book 3 or 4 stars! I really liked The White Mare in that the relationship between Eremon and Rhiann had so much possibility! I was sure that The Dawn Stag would have that relationship take center stage, while the rich historical details completed the story. Unfortunately, I found the book a little lacking in the relationship department. There were parts that I loved The story line with Malcheon , but I just wanted more. It is true, however, that I may have been expe I'm torn between giving this book 3 or 4 stars! It is true, however, that I may have been expecting too much as I picked up the Dalriada Series to fill the void that Jamie and Claire of Outlander left.
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I purchased this book in and didn't get around to it until this year. Realizing when I started my read that I was on the second book of a series and, briefly, wondered if I should put it aside until I had read the first book I appreciate that the author, Jules Watson, realized there would be readers such as I and paid careful attention to detail Sep 04, Shelley rated it it was ok Shelves: historical-fiction , mother-earth. Oh my goodness, I was so excited about this book since I couldn't put down the first of the series, The White Mare.
However, the author did not convince me of the undieing love between the lead characters, which is desperately needed to get you through all the battles and war strategy pages. There were so many details left out, too many moments missed between the couple. It needed more good, intimate moments in order for it to tear my heart out in the bad times.
Others were profoundly moved by t Oh my goodness, I was so excited about this book since I couldn't put down the first of the series, The White Mare. Others were profoundly moved by this book, but I just didn't leave the experience connected to the female hero. All that suffering, all the losses were for nothing I am very disappointed, but I am still going to read the third book and see if I can ha It's rare that I don't like books endings, but I am giving this one 3 stars because of it.
All that suffering, all the losses were for nothing I am very disappointed, but I am still going to read the third book and see if I can have some closure. Oct 29, Nadine Jones marked it as to-read Shelves: fantasy-romance , era-early-civ. I just have to table this one - I'm out of renewals at the library and I have many other books I'm more interested in reading right now. I have fond memories of the first book in this trilogy, so I had high expectations for this volume. Sadly, this book drags.
Halfway through, I couldn't take it any more, and I set it aside to read some other books I have from the library right now. Hopefully I can get back to this one. I just don't care about the characters this time around, I don't understand t I just have to table this one - I'm out of renewals at the library and I have many other books I'm more interested in reading right now. I just don't care about the characters this time around, I don't understand their motivations and actions at all. Feb 05, Claddagh rated it it was amazing. I enjoyed this second in the series almost as much as the first Unlike some books, the sex was part of the story not the whole story.
The love that developed between the two main characters and their love for Alba and the fulfilment of the prophetic dreams and visions were what made the book so enjoyable and enthralling. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to Julie Watson writing more heroine centric novels. She does a good job of blending true human emotion with historical fiction - in this case, a mother goddess religious based society.
Both entertaining and truly touching tale. I advise reading the first of the series White Mare before reading this one. You will be more aware of the deeper struggles that she explores in her characters if you read them in order.
Mar 03, Ashley rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this book. The first book was all of the build up around the roman invasion and their relationship I love Eremon and Rhiann's relationship and that was the glue that kept me reading and reading, but at times the story dragged a bit. I'm not as fond of books that break up the POV's to also include the antagonist's view. I thought this was even better than the first in the trilogy which I loved. This continues the story of Rhiann and Eremon and their fight for Alba against the Romans. The story is well researched and the historical facts made intersting and accessable through the brilliance of Jules watson's imagination and storytelling abilities.
Jun 27, Mariana rated it it was ok Shelves: historical-fiction. I didn't enjoyed this second book of the Dalriada trilogy as I did in the first book. Too much of everything. I was really happy when I finish it since I wouldn't have to see it again in my life. The other reason I didn't like this book is that I couldn't connect with the main characters.
I do hope the third book will be better or I'm going to spend awfull time Reading.
The Dawn Stag
While, as with the first book it had perhaps more romantic cliches and esotherism than I would've liked, I found this a mostly enjoyable read with a good pace. You get quite attached to the characters even though they are a bit too emotionally charged at time, and I especially fell in love with the author's brilliant depiction of Alba, Roman-type Scotland.
May 27, Carla Nayland added it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Sequel to The White Mare, this concludes the story of the priestess-princess Rhiann and her husband the exiled Irish prince Eremon, as they battle tribal rivalries, personal hatreds and the iron might of the Roman army, culminating in the battle of Mons Graupius in 83 AD. This book still carries the same magical brilliance of the first, but the story line has become much too militarized.
That, and I'm really getting sick of the self flagellation of the heroine. This has got to be a joke. As Rhiann searches for guidance in the spirit world, little realizing how big a part she will play in this endgame, Eremon knows only that he must risk and sacrifice many lives, perhaps even his own. The second book in the epic Dalriada trilogy, The Dawn Stag spans three centuries and spectacularly recreates Celtic Britain at the momentous time of the Roman invasion. Review quote Richly imagined. Watson brings first-century A. Britain to vivid life with just the right details at the right times, and successfully keeps the tension high throughout this long story, balancing violence and tragedy with romance and religious transcendence.
Sharon Kay Penman" "Richly imagined.
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Jules Watson has conjured up the mythic past, a land of Celtic legend and stark grandeur. About Jules Watson Jules Watson came to fiction via archeology and public relations, working most recently as a freelance writer. She and her Scottish husband divide their time between Britain and New Zealand. Rating details. Book ratings by Goodreads. Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.
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