Fidelma is struggling in her little Irish village. Her marriage to a much older man is failing, and she feels defeated after losing two babies, so when Vlad the mysterious charasmatic healer/poet arrives, she feels herself drawn to him. His magnetism also draws in many others and the village becomes all abuzz, inviting him into their circle. But he has a past that remains unhidden and tracks him down and enters Fidelmas life - leaving her lost and looking for understanding.
It is an odd one this book. Many great reviews, and maybe I just don't understand modern literature, but I found it hard to stay connected at the beginning and most of the way through. The sing song style of writing didn't appeal to me, and I would have liked more about the main characters and less about the peripheral stuff. The small bursts of violence were a bit shocking, but most of the book left me unmoved. 2/5