BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 14 March 28 February 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW –PAGES OF IRELAND by CINDY THOMSON
TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – PAGES OF IRELAND by CINDY THOMSON
She was one of Brigid’s miracles, healed of leprosy and delivered from her pagan father. Aine grew under the care of her uncle, a monk who taught her to read—a rare thing in the sixth century, especially for a girl.
But Aine held to pagan beliefs, letting them infiltrate the seed of the Gospel planted within her. When she is betrothed to a man who has taken the Christian faith, she is caught in a tangle of faith and feelings. “In sixth-century Ireland, books are rare treasures.” And when she steals a book from the clan she is to marry into, she takes not only pages of tales or lineage, but words of power—words scribed from Holy Scripture.
Intent on taking the book—and its powers—to her mother’s people, peculiar events follow in her wake. Seeking Brigid’s help brings danger to the very place of refuge. Evil forces are afoot—but so is the power of the Gospel.
I gained a deeper understanding of life in a pagan world, where spiritual powers were acknowledged as the norm, and mere humans were subject to the whims—or tempers—of the gods and their druids. I learned the high esteem druids carried in their era, and the power they wielded over the people—some in honest obeisance to the gods, some for selfish purpose and gain.
I felt the tug of faith as Aine yearned for what she saw in Brigid. I felt her heart stir when her betrothed, Daithi was near—and frustration at her for resisting him. I loved her for the passion of her mission, and her dedication to rescue her mother. And I rejoiced with her when she overcame her fears and embraced both love and faith.
Ms. Thomson has brought a deeper insight in the stories of Brigid of Ireland. With vivid threads of fantasy and myth, she brings the lore of Celtic history to life. Her research is evident, with details both graphic and telling. I was once again immersed in the story world, living and walking with the characters on each page.
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