Genre: Fantasy, YA,
Publisher: Harper Teen, Harper Collins
Publication Date: 10 April 2018
Blurb: The ancient land of Éirinn is mired in war. Ciara, princess of Mide, has never known a time when Éirinn’s kingdoms were not battling for power, or Northmen were not plundering their shores.
The people of Mide have always been safe because of Ciara’s unearthly ability to control her enemies’ minds and actions. But lately a mysterious crow has been appearing to Ciara, whispering warnings of an even darker threat. Although her clansmen dismiss her visions as pagan nonsense, Ciara fears this coming evil will destroy not just Éirinn but the entire world.
Then the crow leads Ciara to Leif, a young Northman leader. Leif should be Ciara’s enemy, but when Ciara discovers that he, too, shares her prophetic visions, she knows he’s something more. Leif is mounting an impressive army, and with Ciara’s strength in battle, the two might have a chance to save their world.
With evil rising around them, they’ll do what it takes to defend the land they love…even if it means making the greatest sacrifice of all.
My Review: Wow. I absolutely loved this book!
Jessica Leake’s superb world building made this thrilling tale of a kick-ass female warrior and a brutal Norse warrior ever more exciting. Ciara and Leif’s story is one filled with honour and romance. Leake handles the Irish/ Norse mythology with sensitivity and style.
Leake weaves themes of romance, action and identity into a tapestry of excitement that enthrals as well as moves. There are moments in the story that you can’t help but feel sympathetic towards Ciara, who has faced challenges in her life as a child and young woman.
As for Leif, it is apparent from his arrival that he will become significant in Leake’s story and she drops some very clever bombs that surprised me, making the read less predictable and more enjoyable.
I loved this story and thoroughly enjoyed the world and characters Leake built.
I’ll definitely be picking up whatever Leake publishes next.
Lots of love,
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