Title: Elphame's Choice
Author: P.C. Cast
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Series: Partholon, book four--first young adult in the series
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A fun, different novel, I really enjoyed Elphame's Choice, despite there being a few flaws--it was a great fantasy novel anyway.
Elphame is a young woman unique in Partholon, a community of centaurs--she is part centaur, part human, part goddess. Revered and set apart by most people, she is frustrated--just wanting to be treated like a normal person. But when you're blessed by a Goddess.. People tend to notice! But when she goes to restore an old castle, her life changes forever. Not only does she find her purpose, but she finds love. Love that just may cost her everything she holds dear..
What I enjoyed:
-The rich world of Partholon, expansive and magical and full of danger
-Elphame, the strong heroine throughout the novel, and her evolution from sheltered teenager to mature young woman
-Lochlan, and his romance with Elphame, as well as his determination to save his people, battling with his urge to be with his goddess
-Cuchulainn, and his devotion to his sister--all of Elphame's family delighted me
-Brighid--I'm looking forward to more of her in the next young adult novel of this series
-The romance between Elphame and Lochlan that was a huge focus of the story
What I didn't enjoy:
-At times Elphame was hard to picture
-I felt at times that the romance in the novel wasn't developed enough and moved too quickly for my taste
I really enjoyed Elphame's Choice--it wasn't a bad read. Next on deck: Poison Princess by Kresley Cole!