This is a 10 book series – and yes, I did read them all in one great reading splurge…
Dayna – the forensics expert; Grimshaw – a griffin; Liam a type of deer but not; Abbess Thea – an owl; Perrin , Holly and Destiny,
Not to mention Fitzwilliam, Shelley and Esteban – Dayna’s boyfriend in the police.
A large cast of characters, all of whom manage to speak English, though they may have their own languages as well and also magical or ancient languages. After all, we are not on Earth are we?
Dayna is (accidentally) called into this fantasy land by a gold coin she finds in a cavity in the body she is examining at a crime scene. The coin could have been picked up by anyone, but was aimed at someone with forensics knowledge as the world she was called into was still operating as a Medieval society. So no mechanical items, no science, but poisons and other mysterious happenings including murder that was difficult for them to find out who-dunnit.
Rather reminiscent of the Cadfael TV series (and Ellis Peters books,) with Derek Jacobi – as the monk who solved murders with medieval herbs and elementary forensics, I immediately saw the TV episodes in my mind, once I started reading these books! I liked both…
If you are going to live in a medieval palace/tower with only a fire to keep you warm and are going to spend a lot of the time riding around in cold weather, she clearly needed to think more practically.
I thought Dayna was being less than practical. Once she discovered that she could take a knapsack to and fro, I would have packed the following for her:
Metal kettle for a fire
Aspirin and ibuprofen
Arnica gel and tablets
Plasters and needles and thread
Other over the counter medicines as suitable including anti-diarrhoea meds,
Other instant / dried drinks eg milk, chocolate etc
Apples – fresh plus assorted dried fruit
Packets of soup – instant (and other instant foods)
Lemons and limes
Long Johns and silk underwear
Padded riding knickers and saddle pads (fleece lined and waterproof jodhpurs)
Fleece lined wooly hat.
Waterproofs and hiking trousers that were fleece lined
and look at these lined riding boots – who wouldn’t want to wear them?
I enjoyed these books and binge read all 10.
5 stars for something new in the fantasy genre.