Review ~ Eire's Viking by Sandi Layne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
First let me say, TEAM AGNARR! This went in a direction I did not expect but am very happy about. 🙂 Yes, very happy. The second book in the trilogy was the big romance book. Agnarr, The Viking, did some crazy barbarian, unforgivable things. This was about him finding redemption and love. Along the way, we learn more about those Viking times and all about the people and where and how they lived. I find it so interesting and exciting the way Sandi tells this amazing story with so much history and makes it so interesting. I’ve been waiting for this book for, what seems like, a long time. And it didn’t disappoint. The adventure and cat and mouse make it exciting, but I also found some mystical parts in it as well. I remember Cowan speaking about Aislinn’s body suffering because her soul and heart are weak. I should write down quotes that touch me. But the idea around that scene was our body will give up when our heart suffers. Also, mixed in the mystical there is a bit of paranormal with special powers from one of the healers. It makes it very interesting and adds to the plot.
I found this book a great addition to the series and I can’t wait until the next one releases.
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.