Castle on the Rise by Kristy Cambron
Lost Castle, Book 2
Thomas Nelson, 2019
Kristy Cambron has written an immersive tale in Castle on the Rise. Ireland comes alive as readers follow three women in three different time periods who fiercely fight for what they believe in. This is the second novel in the Lost Castle series, and I continue to be impressed with how Kristy writes such interesting and different characters whose stories each stand on their own.
Sean and Issy are by far my favorite couple. From the beginning, I knew I’d like Sean best, and I wasn’t wrong. I love a hero who pursues the woman he loves, who is steadfast and unwavering. And what bravery Issy had, almost bordering on crazy at times with how she risked her life for the cause she believed in.
Some characters intrigued me (Cormac especially), while the fate of others was heartbreaking (this is a secret and I’m not telling). And there is one character who held a lot of pain and kept big secrets from the people she loved. Secrets lose their power when brought into the light, so I wish she had not held on to her pain so tightly; it was hard to watch her suffer in silence.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story, and seeing Ireland through the lens of each time period. I know I focus on the characters and relationships, but the backdrop of history and war really made this book come alive.
If you’re looking for an armchair adventure, I recommend this castle book set in Ireland. It is exciting and lovely.
*I am on Kristy Cambron’s launch team. All opinions expressed here are my own, honest thoughts.*