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Previously, Journey 3, The Fever Field left Emlyn on the run. Will the Society of Deae Matres be willing to help? After all, in Journey 1, they rejected her father’s plea to take her away.
Journey 4, The Old Road features Boabhan, the Society’s most enigmatic adherent. Emlyn finds herself in another kind of danger when the archvillain from the prologue of Journey 1, Forlorn Peak returns to the story in this installment. Plus, she still has not outrun the Brethren.
Meanwhile, Emlyn isn’t the only one at risk. This Journey finds many of our friends in harm’s way. This Journey is notably longer than the others. Some parts of the story needed to be told together, in one volume. Come, be a part of the Journeys of Dead of Winter.
The fourth journey in the Dead of Winter kicks off with an exciting prologue which features an important reflection by the ancient Haldis about the ‘binding’. This is an important concept in this book and it is essential to read the prologue with careful consideration. The prologue also tells about Haldis’ sister, Eriu, who is doomed to suffer for centuries. I was left wondering whether Eriu was linked to the red-headed Boabhan who is a central character to this particular journey.
I ended my review of Journey 3 wondering if more would be revealed about the mysterious and beautiful Boabhan and in this fourth journey the reader does learn a lot more about her and her young sidekick/adoptive son, Hallgeir.
Journey 4 also brings Emlyn’s tutor, Osabide, back into the tale in a rather interesting and extraordinary way. The scenes involving Osabide are tense and filled with anxious action. More about Osabide and her earlier life is also revealed in this exciting journey.
The overall tension is upped significantly in this episode, with the white wolf making a re-appearance as a guide to both Osabide and Emlyn. There are preparations for potential defense of the group by the male members and this causes Emlyn some concerns.
A new goddess is also introduce and Emlyn has a strange and unexpected encounter with her which adds to the mystery and leaves the reader wondering about what lies ahead for Emyln and the group of Deas Matres she is travelling with.
This series is shaping up into an exciting story with all the mystery and charm of The Chronicles of Narnia.
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