Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Reviews: The Priestess Trilogy

Reviews by Terri

The Priestess Trilogy # 1
By- Melissa Sasina
Genre-  Fantasy/Romance

Shiovra has been named High Priestess of the village Tara, but she quickly finds herself hunted by the Milidh, a clan born of war and vengeance. With the safety of Tara at stake, it is decided that she is to seek aid from her betrothed, one she considers the enemy. At her side is Odhrán, a Milidh warrior sworn to protect her and determined to gain her trust. But their journey is fraught with peril and Shiovra learns that darkness lurks in the hearts of her own kin. Steeped in ancient Irish myth, this tale is spun of love, war, and DEFIANCE.


I enjoy books that take you to another place.  I love when an author can make me imagine an entirely different land.  The fact that there was a map provided let me familiarize myself with the layout.  I was captivated from the beginning by the old words and unique names that were used in the book.  
The story follows Shiovra as she becomes the High Priestess of Tara – she has trained  from the age of 8 for this position.  She has to work to protect her home land.  The characters of the book seem to be real there is depth they aren’t too perfect, but imperfections add to the realness.  
This book is very well written – it is entertaining and exciting.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the next in the series. I would give this book 5 stars as it was interesting from start to finish and very well written.

The Priestess Trilogy # 2
By- Melissa Sasina
Genre- Fantasy/ Romance

Shiovra, High Priestess of the village Tara, is set to wed one considered the enemy for the sake of her clan. Torn between her heart and her people, between love and duty, Shiovra decides her fate and faces the truth about Odhrán. Still hunted by both the Milidh clan and her own kin, she learns that not all enemies are quite what they seem. Loyalty is brought into question and power lost within enemy ranks in what shall ultimately lead to one thing: BETRAYAL.


After reading Defiance, I was so excited to read this book.  The author didn’t disappoint she kept me enthralled with this book as well.  I love series books because we get to see the characters gain greater depth and become more real.  There is also more about their lives and communities, which lets me make an even more detailed world in my mind. Shiovra is about to marry a man she has never met and that is totally foreign to me it also gives the reader more information about the culture of the time and place.  This book has plenty of action and adventure, while still having time for love.
I like the writing style of Melissa Sasina.  She is able to move fluidly between scenes and takes a story that could be confusing by the different names and wording and lets the reader understand the meaning without too much trouble.  I will say that I am looking forward to the 3rd book in the series.  This book gets 5 stars from me.

The Priestess Trilogy # 3
By- Melissa Sasina
Genre- Fantasy/ Romance

Tensions escalate between two clans, threatening their fragile peace. On one side stand the Túath, on the other the Milidh. The prize: control of the land of Éire. Yet amidst this brewing conflict, another more dangerous threat looms. The village of Tara is ripped apart, not by war, but by the seed of betrayal as the priestess' own kinswoman, Gráinne, conspires to seize control. Enemies shall become allies and Shiovra is faced with a difficult choice, one that will ultimately engulf her world in an irreversible ECLIPSE.


The last book in a series that I have enjoyed always leaves me a little sad, I feel like I am saying goodbye and I’m usually not ready.  This book gave me more insight into the characters with each book you learn a little more about everyone.  
Tara is torn apart, by betrayal in the ranks of the Priestess’.  Will Shiovra be able to save the day?  What will be required of her in order to maintain peace?  Will she have to go to enemies for help?
This story is captivating from beginning to end – I was not ready for it to end.  The world that I have built in my mind is not ready to fade away.  This is a well written book – no glaring grammatical errors and old words used very well.  This book gets 5 stars.

About the Author-
Born in 1982 in Cleveland, Ohio, Melissa has always been an avid lover of fantasy. In her youth she would write short stories and add artwork to them. While in high school, she decided to change her career path from graphic art to writing, though she still enjoys drawing up a random picture or two, usually of her characters. During her younger school years, she won a Young Authors Honorable Mention for a short story she had written. She has also won a few Visual Arts awards during her school years and upon graduation from High School, she was given a President’s award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. The first book she began to write seriously for publication was The Priestess. Completed in 2008, the book was separated into a trilogy and published in 2010. After undergoing heavy revisions, the trilogy was re-released beginning in 2012 and completed in 2015. Melissa still lives in Ohio with her husband, son, cat Trinity, and ferret Rope.


  1. I'm glad you enjoyed the books! I was wondering, will you be sharing your review on Goodreads as well?

    1. I spoke to Terri.. She said that she will do that as soon as she gets home from work :)