Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Review: Éire's Captive Moon (Éire's Viking, #1) by Sandi Layne

About the Book:
Éire’s Captive Moon, the first book of Sandi Layne’s Éire’s Viking Trilogy, brings you to the unsettled era of the early Viking raids along the coast of Éire – today’s Ireland.

A wounded refugee from the violent Viking raids on Éire’s coast is healed so well by Charis of Ragor that Agnarr captures the moon-pale woman for his own and takes her home to Nordweg to be his slave.

Also captured is Cowan, a warrior gifted with languages. He is drawn to the healer of Ragor and finds himself helpless before her. In more ways than one!

Through the winter, Charis plans a fitting vengenance upon her captor for the men he killed. She also prepares to return to Éire and the children she left behind.

But will her changing feelings interfere with these plans? When two men vie for her heart, will she give way before either – or both?
My Review:
I pretty much love any book set in Ireland.  Eire's Captive Moon takes place in an Ireland being raided by Vikings.  I like how the lore of both cultures is spun throughout this book with some Christianity thrown into the mix.  Sandi Layne does an excellent job of world-building and describing these ancient worlds and the way people lived then.
Our heroine, Charis is a healer, and a kick butt character.  She can hold her own with a spear.  Her husbands are killed by invading vikings and she is taken as Agnarr's personal healer.  Cowan is a Christian priest who is taken to be an interpretter of sorts.  Both he and Agnarr develop feelings for Charis.  Though Agnarr rapes and plunders and obviously abducts women, you can't help kind of liking him by the end of the book, or at least loving do dislike him.  I am interested to see where this goes in the next books.
Overall, this is an amazing peice of historical fiction.  Four stars and I can't wait for book 2.
About the Author:
Having been a voracious reader all her life, Sandi never expected to want to write until the idea was presented in a backhanded manner. Once the notion occurred to her, though, she had to dive in the deep end (as is her wont) and began by writing historical fiction. She has since written more than twenty novels—most of which will never see the light of day.

Sandi has degrees in English and Ministry, has studied theology, spent years as an educator, has worked in escrow and sundry other careers, but research is her passion. She won an award for Celtic Fiction in 2003, but as well as history, she is also fascinated with contemporary research and has self-published several novels in the Inspirational Romance genre.

She has been married for twenty years to a man tolerant enough to let her go giddy when she discovers new words in Old Norse. Her two sons find her amusing and have enjoyed listening to her read aloud—especially when she uses funny voices. A woman of deep faith, she still finds a great deal to laugh at in the small moments of the everyday and hopes that she can help others find these moments, too.

Purchasing info:
Eire's Captive Moon is available for pre-order on the TWCS site (link below) or iTunes. It will be available in paperback and ebook on Amazon, iTunes, B& and TWCS site on January 10th.
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it :)

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