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Thursday, February 13, 2014

*[Blog Tour Review] Éire's Viking (Éire's Viking, #2) by Sandi Layne

Éire's Viking (Éire's Viking, #2)
Book two of the Éire's Viking Trilogy.

Beginning ten years after the end of Éire’s Captive Moon, this is the story of how Agnarr Halvardson returns to Éire with the intention of settling there, marrying, and siring sons.

It is also the story of Aislinn, who was a child in Ragor when the Northmen raided eleven summers prior but is now a working physician in her own right. She spent a year in Bangor Monastery and became a Christian before Cowan and Charis returned to take the children to Cowan’s village in the kingdom of Dál Fiatach and returns there a decade later to finish learning all she can from the monks about their healing practices.

When Cowan brings her a patient, injured and temporarily unable to speak, she can’t help but find the strong, tall man attractive, even if such feelings unsettle her.

Although sparks fly immediately, Agnarr’s idea of wedding Aislinn—the physician who heals him when he is injured—is hampered by many factors, including language and cultural differences. There is also the matter that he is the man who kidnapped and enslaved Charis years before.

Believing strongly that God gave Agnarr to her as a patient, though, Aislinn does her best. Her knowledge of who he is wars with her unwilling attraction to him. That he makes his interest in her clear doesn’t help, as he goes so far as to seek her father’s permission to wed her. Can she forgive him for what he did to her village? Can she love him if she does? And will she be willing to accept a life at Agnarr’s side even if he does not love her?

Meanwhile, other raiders from the North come to Éire’s green coasts. Pledging his loyalty to the new king, Muiredach of Dál Fiatach, Agnarr prepares to defend his new home.
Summary & Cover taken from
Length: 290 pages (Kindle)
Source: NetGalley ARC
Available Formats: Print/E-book
Publication Date: January 22nd 2014 by The Writer's Coffee Shop
I loved the first book in the Éire's Viking series by Sandi Layne that when I got the invitation to join the blog tour I jumped on the chance to do so and I was not disappointed in the least.
Éire's Viking had everything that the first book had and more. I loved reading about Ireland in mid 800's. I haven't found an over abundance of historical romances or historical fiction set in the era in this country so that was the grand appeal of the series for me. Before I read the fist book in this series I had never read anything by Sandi Layne. Now that I've read two of her books, I find myself kicking myself for not reading her stuff sooner.
Éire's Viking was a lovely bit of historical fiction with a strong romantic element though I personally would hesitate to classify it as a historical romance. There was far more to the story of Charis, Agnarr and Aislinn than the romantic side. I loved how the author mixed both the native Irish culture at the time with that of the Vikings to come forth with an exciting sequel to her first novel in the series.
With amazing characters, a complex and intriguing plot as well as beautiful writing I couldn't help but fall back in love with the characters and the story overall and I can't wait to read more from this author who is becoming a fast favourite of mine.
I would recommend this book to everyone I just have to warn you though that reading the first book in the series is a definite must. If you go into this one without knowing the story from the first book things are bound to get confusing and even I was lost in the beginning because I read book one ages and ages ago.
 *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.

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