BLOGWORDS – Friday 27 January 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – BRIGID OF IRELAND and PAGES OF IRELAND by CINDY THOMSON
FIRST LINE FRIDAY – BRIGID OF IRELAND and PAGES OF IRELAND by CINDY THOMSON
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Brigid of Ireland: In 5th-century pagan-dominated Ireland, Brigid is born a slave to her own father and is separated from her mother. Desperately seeking love and acceptance, Brigid becomes a believer in Christ. Knowing how the Irish people cling to superstitions and fears, can Brigid overcome them? Will her hatred for her father and a scheming evil sorcerer destroy her faith? Set in the era of St. Patrick, this fantasy-filled novel will captivate readers as Brigid must choose between God’s will and the desire to save her family.
Pages of Ireland: Aine, a young woman unwillingly pledged to marry, believes the book is a talisman with the power to change her circumstances. When she steals it from her betrothed’s clan, desperate to use it to help her mother’s impoverished people, events tumble out of control. She seeks help from Brigid, the woman who rescued her long ago, but doing so puts an entire monastery at risk as the king deploys his army to get the book back.
The formerly banished druid Ardan hopes the book can be traded for revenge, but a mysterious force curses him with a reoccurring mark in the shape of Brigid’s famous reed cross. Is it the power of a vengeful god or the command of the book that is causing his anguish?
While many seek to possess the book, it appears to choose who will hear its words. No one in Ireland will know the power of the words written on its pages if the book does not survive the battle.
THE FIRST LINES:
Brigid of Ireland: “Does it bother ye? Being a slave, I mean?”
Pages of Ireland: Aine (pronounced AWN-ya) had the book under her cloak in less time than it took the scribe to light the candles in the scriptorium.
Pages of Ireland is a continuation from Brigid of Ireland, and as I said in my review [of Brigid] “Ms. Thomson has brought to life a person and an era dear to this reviewer’s heart—lover of all things Irish—and this tale has settled deep in my soul.” This is my favorite genre, and is a job well done that does not disappoint.