- Paperback: 236 pages
- Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop (November 19, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1612131379
- ISBN-13: 978-1612131375
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,945,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Éire's Captive Moon (Éire's Viking Trilogy, Book 1)
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Compelling, three-dimensional characters who are interesting, imperfect, and very intriguing make the story pop and grab the reader's interest as they each journey through their own adversities towards their ultimate destinies. The amount of research that went into this novel is also commendable. The romance is well drawn out without overshadowing the story. A blend of romance, fantasy, and historical fiction, make this a novel that will appeal to lovers of all three genres.
It isn't a big shock to anyone that knows me when I say I'm not fond of the genre known as`Romance.' A book can be deftly written and have a great story, but it would still be hard for me to sit down and read one. Sandi Layne, a friend of mine that I've known more than a few years now, is primarily known as a writer of Romantic fiction. Since her books rarely have occasion to blow things up or have massive battles, I've been a little hesitant to read one of her tomes. Even with the knowledge that she is a good writer that can weave a solid tale.
That is until she sent me a book called Captive Irish Moon.
Out with the old
This book included a look back at history. It is set during the 9th century when the Christian church was making inroads in to northern Europe and the world was going through many great changes. The book was the tale of two refuges taken by the Viking horde: Charis, the pale healer from a small Irish village and Cowan, a Christian warrior that finds another life among the Vikings.
This book surprised me. It wasn't all about the romance or even the historical details, but also about spirituality and how humans deal with change. The book had many dark moments that reflect the times, woven with the idea that people can still survive even the worst events. It was also a story of how God can use people even when they desire nothing of the sort
In addition, Captive Irish Moon had battles. Some really cool battles that I enjoyed very much.
I wanted a sequel to the book, so the adventures of the main characters could continue. Alas! That did not happen.
Several years passed and Ms. Layne put out the word she was working on a Viking Trilogy.Read more ›
Another slave is Cowan, a king's son who is able to translate a few tongues, so he is an asset in trading. The Northmen have very little arable land so they have to trade for food and goods - taking gold and slaves is their way of survival. Some of the Irish people are sold to the Franks but the healer is recognised as valuable so one Norseman, Agnarr claims her as his leman. Agnarr has a betrothed in his own village who isn't pleased to see the new woman in his bed-furs. Charis is even less pleased, but doesn't have a choice. The Irish girl decides that she has to wait out a winter before making her escape. Cowan helps himself by becoming fluent in the Norse tongue and co-operating while Charis persists in her own language and working sullenly. Another slave, a priest, claims that the girl is a witch because she won't convert to the Christian faith, but that doesn't resonate with the Norse who worship Odin and Thor. Then a raiding party from a rival Viking village descends, bringing more violence.
EIRE'S CAPTIVE MOON is an adventure which should appeal to those who want to know more about the times. We finish with a better appreciation of just how hard life was before antibiotics, when people made their own clothing and did not expect to grow old. Sandi Layne is writing a Viking Trilogy, of which this is the first book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A tale of invaders, escape and survival, Eire's Captive Moon is a lesson in history encased within a superb novel. Read morePublished 11 months ago by LilyGreenEyes
I was never into learning about history, let alone read about it. So, I have avoided historical fiction/romance. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Michelle (Adventures in Bookland )
This book really just didn't hold my interest. I kept falling asleep. I read it last month, and frankly can't even remember it now.Published on April 6, 2014 by Lisa Broussard
Chagris was found, well she was found inside her mother. A local medicine man found her mother about to give birth in a cave and he helped her. Read morePublished on April 2, 2014 by MoonlightReader
Sandi captures the Imagination & keeps it, as she entwines us in the lives & loves of the
people in her books..the first two books make me long for the continued story.
So much history, so much excitement. I loved this book! Great job! I can't wait to read the second. Just downloaded it.Published on February 8, 2014 by Quinn Lark
[Full disclosure: I received a free ebook copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]
When I requested this book I was sure it was going to be a... Read more
I'm not hugely into historical fiction or romance, but I gave this a chance.
I was impressed at the accuracy Ms. Layne put into this novel. Read more