on Feb. 13, 2015 :
I'm almost sorry that I gave the previous books in this series 5 stars, because it leaves me nowhere further up to go. If the previous books were beautifully-crafted, spellbinding mysteries, this is an intense, gut-wrenching journey into the depths of pain, fear and grief. Sounds heavy, but by now I trust Ms Lampe to take the reader through such an ordeal into the light of day again, and this story is rich and satisfying, An excellent tale indeed.
(reviewed 69 days after purchase)
on July 7, 2014 :
OMG! Where do I even start? Ms. Lampe grips you from the start and never lets go. The relationship between Caitlin and Timber is spellbinding - at turns tender, heart-wrenching, passionate and infinitely real. You read this book and you "know" in your heart that they live and breathe and can not possibly be fictional characters. It is storytelling at it's best and should not be missed!
(reviewed 44 days after purchase)
on Dec. 28, 2012 :
While the first book in this series, The Unquiet Grave, drew me in ... this one gripped me. The emotional impact was profound, over and over again, from the miscarriage to Timber's retrieval to Beltane and on. I feel like I know these people and they are my friends.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on Dec. 9, 2012 :
Ok, um, ya. Where to start??? The most riveting of the 3 volumes, and this one made me cry! It was extremely emotional to have a glimpse into some of the highly personal and raw emotion the characters were experiencing. It's impossible to see how Caitlin and Timber could NOT be soul kindred after what they went through in this part of their story. And that Beltane ritual...regardless of the "ooohh shiny!!!" powerful magickal moments in it, the intent was so firmly grounded and palpable, the vows so eternal, I couldn't help but be struck by it. To find that sort of connection in another soul that Caitlin and Timber have clearly found in each other...it's gotta be a one in a million thing - and to feel like I was witnessing it was truly special. Thank you again, Katherine, for sharing your talent with us! Can't wait for The Parting Glass!
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on Nov. 18, 2012 :
Wow. Really, I mean WOW. This third installment of the Caitlin Ross series is REALLY GOOD!
Author Katherine Lampe raises the stakes in this one with soul wrenching situations, world changing dedication, and some incredibly kick ass magic and action.
A Maid in Bedlam shows us a depth of the characters that makes each development of the plot a personal event since Caitlin and Timber are now, not just characters, but close friends.
Lampe's take on shamanic journey is believable and understandable, not to mention highly effective in the story. I don't know if a true shaman would agree, but it sure works here.
While healing and magic play a huge role in this story, it has no lack of the kind of thought and reasoning that make Caitlin Ross such and interesting and believable character. There is also a good deal of hard and fast action in this volume, a kind of action that we haven't experienced before.
I want to say a good deal more about this book, but the important thing is this: WOW! READ THIS BOOK!
(reviewed 45 days after purchase)
on Sep. 28, 2012 :
The third book in the Caitlin Ross series is an ambitious and disturbing story full of loss, pain, and evil. It also has some of the most powerful descriptions of magical and emotional healing that I've found in contemporary fantasy.
(reviewed 48 days after purchase)