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The Silver Sword (Heirs of Cahira O'Connor) Paperback – June 2, 2009
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Anika O'Connor of Prague is clothed in armor and carries a sword, as one of the knights of Chlum. Her disguise protects her from the lecherous son of Lord Laco, who would never think to search for her among the men at arms. Prague is on fire with religious reform, and Anika joins the struggle for religious freedom that cost her father his life. When Lord John of Chlum learns of Anika's deception, he agrees to allow her to continue as a knight until a time of his choosing. Then she must don the garb of the woman she is. Can Anika give up the life she has come to cherish? And will the love in her heart be returned by the Master of Chlum? The Silver Sword is the first book in the series The Heirs of Cahira O'Conner. Kathleen O'Conner is doing research for a college project when she discovers the legend of Cahira O'Conner and her descendants. Kathleen herself bears the mark of Cahira, a mark that has appeared every two hundred years since Cahira's death in 1235. And each bearer of the mark has left the traditional roles of womanhood to fight for right. Kathleen studies her ancestresses and wonders what she might be called to do! Angela Elwell Hunt has intrigued the reader with a modern heroine in pursuit of her roots, and delivered a heroine from the past whose life stands taller than her black warhorse! Hunt's attention to historical detail makes Anika's actions believable and entertaining. And the teaser at the end for Book Two holds out a promise of equal pleasure! The Silver Sword sings from beginning to end!" The Hunt name on the cover promises quality, and The Silver Sword more than delivers! Linda Fitzner -- Copyright © 1998 Literary Times, Inc. All rights reserved -- From Literary Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The auburned-haired O'Connor women share a bond far deeper than their striking physical appearance. These courageous, high-spirited women all push against societal limits in this exciting historical, romantic novel that spans generations and countries from 13th-century Ireland to the excitement and mystery of 15th-century Prague.
It is said that as Cahira, daughter of the great Irish king Rory O'Connor, lay dying of a wound from a Norman blade, she beseeched God that others would follow her calling. To Kathleen O'Connor, Cahira's story was nothing more than a fable--until research divulged that the tale was true. As a stunned Kathleen realizes that she herself bears the mark of Cahira, she wonders if she is destined to continue the legacy.
To uncover the answers, Kathleen delves into the past to find the truth about the Heirs of Cahira O'Connor. It is a journey that carries her across generations, from the battlefields of 13th-century Ireland to the castles of 15th-century Prague. It is a past filled with peril, courage, vengeance, love, and sacrifice beyond anything she has ever known.
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Fifteenth century Bohemia is the setting for this historical romance. The Catholic Church was selling free trips to heaven and clergy like John Huss were working to make the Truth available to the common man.. Anika of Prague was one of the copyists helping John Huss. She had lost her mother in a fire at age six and was being raised by her father, Ernan O'Connor, a copyist. He taught her to read--something forbidden by the Church--and also taught her to write.
When, at sixteen, her father is killed by a wealthy baron, she must run to escape being taken on by his son as a "servant," as most of these female servants were treated as chattel and raped at a whim! With the help of a retired knight, she adapts herself into a young man and offers herself to become a knight in Lord John's service.
Lord John is a follower of John Huss and working to help the Hussites spread the Gospel to local people, a dangerous venture at that time. He is older and the father of two sons--but also a widower much sought after by the wealthy young ladies in the region. As Anika learns how to be a knight, she also learns much about her master.
However, she is also drawing closer to being found out by her fellow knights-in-training. When it is learned that she can read and write, Lord John starts using her (him) to help copy John Huss's sermons to spread them throughout the kingdom, a strictly illegal business.
Then, her heart starts to get involved as she learns more about Lord John...So, we have a young woman dressed as a boy to avoid being made a pawn of a spoiled baron's son and training to become a knight for different reasons, while working to help John Huss spread the Truth to the rich and poor...
There are many twists to this beautifully written story. Many lessons that we can learn for today about steadfastness and taking a stand for our faith--no matter what. Above all, the love and provision of God for those who follow Him...no matter what persecution comes.
This one definitely is about very serious issues. It is more true-to-life than what I normally choose to read.
But having said all that, I am glad I read this book. It is very good and I recommend it as a good choice to read. Worth the money.