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Éire's Viking (Éire's Viking Trilogy Book 2) by [Layne, Sandi]
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  • File Size: 807 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop (January 22, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 22, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HZWLDVQ
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Set in Ireland (Eire) beginning in 833, this is the story of Aislinn, a healer, and Agnarr Halvardson, a Norwegian who comes to Ireland, first to raid, then to settle.

The Prologue is told in the first person (with occasional intrusions from the narrator) in the point of view of the heroine’s adoptive mother, Charis, who recounts some bits from the past. If this is the first book you read, this beginning will seem a bit bizarre. It took me some time to get used to the first person and narrative combination. I was glad when chapter one brought us to the third person and to the heroine.

As the story begins, Aislinn, who was sent off to live with monks for a year to study and practice her healing skills, waits for her adoptive father to fetch her home. Before he arrives, a wounded Viking/Norwegian is brought to the monastery with a head wound. He is Agnarr, felled by a blow inflicted during a raid. Of course, Aislinn tends him and when her adoptive father arrives, it is decided Agnarr, who has a history with her family, will come back to their home.

Layne has obviously done her research into the healing methods of the era, for which she deserves full marks. The book is replete with various cures. But the use of foreign and unfamiliar words was distracting. Even the glossary that is included in the beginning did not help as I was reading it on my Kindle and did not want to try and find it (you might want to read this in paper). The odd names and words, particularly in the beginning where they were the thickest took me out of the story.

This is book 2 in a trilogy and there are lots of references to the earlier story, which I had not read.
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An engaging history lesson and a romance all rolled into one. This books tells the story of how Vikings came to settle in Ireland in the 800's, but the way this is written, the history really leapt off the page. The author does an excellent job of capturing two very different cultures along with thier beliefs, traditions and faiths. Blending them together in an endearing romance just made it even better. As a tip, you are going to want to bookmark the glossary at the beginning of the book as the author uses lots of Gaelic and old Norse words throughout, adding lots of historic flavor. Also, you don't need to read the first book to enjoy this one.

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I'd like to begin by saying that Ms. Layne's storytelling abilities made such an impression, creating such a vivid, rich, and detailed story with Éire's Captive Moon, that although it's been a year since I read it, I was immediately immersed in the story and this world.

In Éire's Captive Moon, the first book of the trilogy, we are introduced to three different cultures that would eventually combine in Ireland as the Vikings (and others) began settling there. Éire's Viking gives us the story of Agnarr as he leaves his home to begin a new life in Éire.

Éire's Viking sees Agnarr give up his warring ways in favor of fulfilling his dream of finding a wife and having sons. We see him struggle as he learns a new language, works at winning a wife from this land he now calls home, and desires to hold onto the religion of his homeland even as he questions the power of his gods in this new land. His beliefs are shaken as he witnesses Aislinn, who he'd like to call wife, live her life as her One True God would wish - even forgiving the Northmen of their trespasses.

Although Éire's Viking is not as action-packed as Éire's Captive Moon - no sea voyages or the battle scenes of the Vikings' plunders - it is every bit as exciting and enjoyable. There is still the ever-present threat of invasion, not only from the Northman, but also the Danes. There is illness. And there is the concern over damage from the sharp tongues of Charis and Aislinn. :) The feel is different in this story. It's almost as though the first book was Agnarr as a brash youth, and this second part of his story shows his softer side.

I'll admit I was 'Team Agnarr' in Éire's Captive Moon.
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The first book in this series, Éire's Captive Moon, is one of my all time favorite reads. I anxiously awaited this sequel. I wondered how Ms. Layne was going to make Agnarr a "good guy," a "hero." I wasn't worried, just very much anticipating the read. I was not disappointed. While one doesn't have to read ECM before this one, you really should, it's that good. This one can stand on it's own, as Ms. Layne shares just enough from the previous book so one is all "caught up."

Charis is one of my favorite characters, and the book opens with her thoughts about her life now, ten years after the first book. Change is coming. She feels it. Charis is different. Some say she may be part fae. I always get that feeling about her. She's intriguing and a bit snarky. I like that, too!

She and Cowan (her husband and the man who was enslaved when she was and who returned to Éire with her) adopted one of the children from the rath that was destroyed in the first book. Aislinn is now a healer in her own right, taught by Charis, and they send her off to the monastery for a year to learn what they can teach her about healing. She believes in the One True God and feels being with the monks won't be a hardship

It's now early summer and the Vikings are on the prowl. Life is hard in the north and the Green Isle looks to be easy pickings. Agnarr has never forgotten the green, lush land...or the healer who he once stole. He's back and looking to make his life amid the Irish. He feels it's his wyrd (his fate) to bring the knowledge of Thor and Odin to this green land.

Well, until an unfortunate accident takes his voice away and leaves a huge lump on his head. Cowan, knowing who he is, takes him to his daughter for healing.
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