Scales of Retribution Paperback – Dec 1 2011
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Cora Harrison transports us to the beautiful land of the Burren, writing with such vivid descriptions that it's easy to picture Mara's surroundings and world. She provides a wealth of historical detail, including excerpts of ancient Brehon law at the beginning of each chapter, creating a perfect background for her intricate plot and well-drawn characters. The book stands above many of the others in the series for its wonderful depiction of Mara's torn feelings between her responsibilities as a mother and those she holds as Brehon of the Burren. How similar is her position to today's working mom! The mystery is, as usual, wonderfully complex with a variety of suspects and a very surprising (to this reader, at least) conclusion. I heartily enjoyed the book and continue to recommend this series highly.
My favorite quote was one excerpt from the Brehon code: "It is one of the great tenets of Brehon law that a woman's right to have a baby is a solute. She may even leave her husband, if he is unable to give her that baby, go to another man to become pregnant and then return to her husband - and no reproach may be made." What a vastly different interpretation from today's take on a woman's right to choose!