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Set in the Ireland of the Troubles, before the recent détente, this fraught debut captures the backdrop of tension and choosing sides that overlays even the smallest act. The lingering effects of the Kesh and Malone prisons are gut-wrenchingly convincing. Less developed are the magical elements. Former prisoner Liam's ignorance of his fae side makes sense, as his mother, Kathleen, and mentor, Father Murray, seek to protect him, but Leicht only introduces one full-fledged fae, Liam's father, and his offstage war with the Redcap is more told than shown. Liam's marriage to Mary Kate is a believable complex of love, lust, pride, anger and forgiveness, but the really pivotal relationship is with Father Murray, a member of an arm of the church that kills the fae in the belief that they are Fallen. Perhaps later books will expand the intriguing premise. (Feb.)
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Stina Leicht is a 2012 Campbell Award nominee. Her debut novel Of Blood and Honey, a historical Fantasy with an Irish Crime edge set in 1970s Northern Ireland, was released by Night Shade books in February 2011 and was short-listed for the Crawford Award in 2012. The sequel, And Blue Skies from Pain is in bookstores as of March 2012. She also has a flash fiction piece in Ann and Jeff VanderMeer's surreal anthology Last Drink Bird Head.
I really enjoyed this book. I went into it expecting a light supernatural thriller and it was NOT! It is much more interesting than that. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Cathy Dages
Different plot. Interesting but then the Irish believe in the "little people" and their countries history is always interesting.
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Once I got into it, I couldn't put it down. Liam's struggles with his own dark nature really drew me in.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
I couldn't put this down! It was a really interesting mix of fantasy and historical fiction. I highly recommend it. Support a talented new author you won't be disappointed.Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer