- File Size: 992 KB
- Print Length: 290 pages
- Publisher: Siren Publishing (August 7, 2012)
- Publication Date: August 7, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008UF05UC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,398,909 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
The story is set in what is now County Donegal, just after Patrick began his conversion of the Irish people to Christianity. Erin has made use of extensive research to ensure the historical accuracy of such things as clay-and-wattle buildings and methods of hunting with sling and stone. Detailed descriptions of characters, places, and actions (including sex) round out the story without bogging it down in the least. And what a story it is!
When her impetuousness causes Mariana to become separated from her father and his party, she finds herself in dire need of help, and no one from whom to seek it except Flann O'Conall, an unlikely -- and unwilling -- source of help. He's a loner, deeply connected to the outdoors, returning to his father's home after an annual trek to visit other kinsmen. He finds her petulant and demanding; she finds him crude and standoffish. When a cold hard rain drives her underneath his blanket as the only source of shelter, she discovers he's not quite so standoffish after all.
Neither Flann nor Mariana understand the mysteries of their own feelings, and Mariana is a complete innocent besides. Her only previous physical encounter with a man was rough and traumatic, though limited. He's afraid of his own feelings as well as the strictures of love. It's a heady mix, with plenty of room for conflict and misunderstanding.
The story explores whether or not two people who love freedom from obligations to others, who feel a deep emotional/spiritual connection to the Emerald Isle, and who are reluctant to take emotional risks can ever find happiness. Their journey of discovery is more than a simple trek across the landscape. Erin's deep understanding of the interconnectedness of the Irish people with Place, an interconnectedness that persists through generations of emigrants, serves us well as she guides us through a wild and beautiful land. The secondary characters are full-featured and fun, providing foils for both Mariana and Flann as they come to terms with themselves and each other.
Erin O'Quinn is an accomplished storyteller. This book is an excellent example of her talent and a delight for any lover of the Emerald Isle.
This is the story of Mariana de la Castra del Oro and Flann O'Conall, brought together seemingly at the whim of fate. Mari is an adventurous young woman, yet her introduction to the ways of men leaves her skittish and not so much fearful as determined to avoid those kinds of complications in the future.
But as luck would have it, that future now includes Flann, a man most comfortable in his freedom, a man content to wander the byways of his land, eschewing the ties that bind and causing his father and kinsmen no small amount of despair that he will find his place in the clan.
When Flann's fire meets Mari's silk, neither is capable of avoiding the outcome of sparks flying. For Mari that fire causes her to soar, but for Flann it threatens the very things that matter most to him: his independence and his connection to the land that has enchanted his very soul.
Mari's journey is one of discovery, learning about the land under the careful tutelage of her new lover, learning about her own sensuality and the meaning of love. Flann's journey, though similar, is more fraught with peril for he knows the meaning of love, yet his heart and soul live in the shadow of self-doubt and that barricade where never breaching his comfort zone becomes so ingrained as to stifle his ability to express what is in his heart ... and perhaps worst of all, to trust.
Fire & Silk is part and parcel of the epic tale of Eire in her infancy: the establishment of the clans, absorbing immigrants looking to escape barbarism and turmoil, examining both the inner and the outer selves of her settlers in an exploration of faith at a time when it still uplifted the spirit. The authenticity of the land, the customs, the speech is spot on: richly detailed, adding to, not detracting from, this not-so-simple tale of lovers who share an independence of spirit yet are divided by language and experience, by youth and by ambition. They are the same, and yet not. And it is along this soulful divide that each must learn how to accommodate the other.
There is, of course, a subplot that focuses on the enigmatic Owen Sweeney and we learn more about the cripple who factored in other novels set in this time and place. Flann and Mariana are tasked with finding and bringing Sweeney back to meet a brother he's never known, and this provides a much needed opportunity to develop perspective (and a few missteps along the way).
If you like and appreciate historical romances, if you love an intimate exploration of love's first sparks and the tender care required to tend those tenuous flames, if you like strong-willed, independent, passionate characters and a tale well-told, then I highly recommend Fire & Silk.
A sigh-worthy FIVE STARS.