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Éire's Captive Moon (Éire's Viking Trilogy, Book 1)

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Product Details

  • 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 is a novel of ancient Ireland during Viking raids. The novel is an intriguing read delving into myths that have been part of Irish culture for centuries. At the heart of the story is a romance between two healers, Achan and Charis. Tragedy, revenge, and survival are strong themes throughout this engaging story.

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.
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When I began reading Eire's Captive Moon it was actually a trial for me. Never having really enjoyed much in the Historical Fiction I had experienced I didn't expect to like this story as much as I did! It is an exquisite tale of life, love and action that drags you inexorably along it's path through the old world of the Viking horde and their raids upon the green Isle. The story was realistic and surprisingly gut wrenching as you feel the blows of the weapons and wonder at each sentence what will happen next! All in all I give this title a 5 star rating and anticipate loving every book of the coming trilogy.
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First, a confession

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.
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Not my normal read but within the first page and a half I was hooked. Read the entire book in two sittings over a two day period. The characters, though historically fictional draw you in, making it difficult to disconnect. There never seems to be a good place to stop. If you liked Clan of the Cave Bear you will love this book. My only complaint is the second book in the series has not been published yet. Once I finished the book, I wanted to go back and re-read it immediately again. Waiting impatiently for the next book to be released.
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A story of Norsemen raids on the Irish coast, which brings home the terror and random violence of those times. A young woman, Charis, is healer to her village and uses her herbal knowledge to help others. But when her two husbands permitted under Brehon law are killed fighting Viking raiders, she is taken as a slave and she vows to get revenge even if it means using herbs to poison.

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.
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