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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597802131
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597802130
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,290,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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.

Customer Reviews

I picked up this book with quite a bit of trepidation.
M. Jacobs
The characters are all interesting and the story keep my attention all the way through.
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Ms. Leicht created excellent, well rounded characters for her story.
Kathryne Kieser

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Jacobs VINE VOICE on May 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
There aren't many fantasy novels I would characterize as brilliant. This is one of the few.

I picked up this book with quite a bit of trepidation. I've done a lot of reading on Northern Irish politics over the years, and I didn't want to see the Troubles treated as some sort of flashy backdrop to a shallow and simpleminded fantasy plot. I needn't have worried. Ms. Leicht interweaves the novel's fantasy elements seamlessly into a depiction of time and place that feels absolutely real. Now, I'm not Irish, and I imagine there are things that one could quibble with, but the author's instincts and sympathies are sound and she certainly gets the bigger picture right. The situation is complex and ugly and frequently impossible, and Ms. Leicht has taken all of that on and used it to create an understated masterpiece. On top of all that, her characters are real people, nuanced, and if they don't break your heart from time to time you're not paying attention.

It's clear that Ms. Leicht is planning on at least one sequel to this book, as there are questions left unanswered at the end regarding Liam's fate as well as the strategy and intentions of the Fallen. This is excellent news. I can't recommend this novel highly enough, really, and I'm looking forward to the next volume with a level of anticipation I haven't felt for a book in years.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jackie Burris on April 16, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Read from April 13 to 15, 2011
Of Blood and Honey is a debut novel you do not want to miss reading... Dark, gritty urban fantasy full of magic, myth and very real horrors that mankind as well as the supernatural inflicted on each other... I was drawn in to this story of Liam, his mother Kathleen, step father Patrick and his "Fey" father Bran from the start... Not only is there quite a bit of history gleaned about the infamous Irish IRA and also the British Armies conflicts in the 1970's but there is a brilliantly descriptive story of the fight of good against evil as well!

Fantasy has always been one of my favorite genres, this particular fantasy however has teeth and claws that rend and tear just like the beast that is described within the story! Your journey in reading this book is not going to be easy or fun or even sometimes bearable but it will be compelling and interesting and most of all well worth your time...

I had not heard of the author until came across Night Shade Books offer on Twitter or Facebook for a free copy in exchange for a review of the book and after spending time within the imagination of author Stina Leicht am very glad that I had the opportunity to read this first book in her new series... This is a "thinking person's" book, it is not meant for those faint of heart when faced with episodes of brutality and it is certainly not a book that can be put down once started... You have to read it all the way through as it hooks you and you have to know how things turn out for Liam and his family and friends!

I am looking forward to finding more work on this series in the future from this author
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julia Dvorin on December 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
I think I went into this book not quite realizing how dark and grim it was going to be, and dark and grim is not my preferred type of reading. I must admit I had a hard time getting through the book (especially the fairly graphic rape, torture and murder parts), but it was well told enough and the characters were compelling enough that I kept going and finished it because I really did want to know what happened. I did learn a lot and enjoyed (if that's the right word) the setting of 1970's war-torn Ireland, and was intrigued by the idea of a war between the Fey and the Fallen, though we really only got tantalizing clues through most of the book (I'm guessing there will be sequels). Overall I'd say it was a very well done book, just not my cuppa.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By capitalidea23 on February 13, 2012
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The mixture of fiction and factual events and places made this an enjoyable read. I found
myself wanting to educate myself a bit more about Ireland's troubled past during the Twentieth Century.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steph on March 18, 2012
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I picked up this ebook when it was free on Amazon in February. While I was reading it, I checked my Amazon orders to make sure I wasn't charged for it for fear I had wasted my money on something rather mediocre.

The backstory of the novel is by all means an interesting one. A fantasy tale set in the rough 1970s of Ireland. The grounding of true political factions and wars presents an interesting scene for a modern-day fairy tale.

I have had a hard time pinning down why this novel didn't 'click' for me as it did some of the other reviewers. The writer did a great job setting up what could have been an amazing story but seemed to feel too cautious to tap into the true underpinnings of their own characters. It is hard to write examples without giving away some of the plot but one example of the shallow nature of the characters is the protagonist's father. There is so much unsaid about his background, his personality, his personal stake in the overall situation, that instead of seeming mysterious he comes across as undefined.

This book is not for everyone. But maybe it's something you'll enjoy.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
Catholics and Protestants are usually not a subject most people want to bring up. I was surprised to find the topic in the book, Of Blood and Honey. This book is the debut work of Stina Leicht, and for her first foray into the novel field, she delivers a stunner. The book is a prominent piece of work that takes place in the turmoil of Northern Ireland in the 1970s. With a strong, vibrant background, Leicht begins a fast-paced plot that does not end, not even at the end of the book. The story pulls you in, and the characters are equally impressive.

Liam, the protagonist, is haunted by both the sins of his father and his questionable future. The story is told through Liam's eyes, and the reader lives vicariously through him. It is a gritty, reality-driven fantasy that pulls no punches in its storytelling. A very strong and impressive debut novel by Leicht. I cannot wait for the sequels. Do yourself a favor and jump on board now. You will not regret it.

*Originally published for San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review*
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