GENRE: Historical Fantasy
SERIES: Druid’s Broach – Book 3
About the Book
Irish Traveler Éamonn loves gambling, women, and drinking, not necessarily in that order. But he’s entangled in a true mess when he falls for fiery redhead, Katie.
When she’s married to a Scottish Traveler, Éamonn travels to Scotland to find her, with the help of Katie’s sister and cousin, and the magical brooch gifted by his father.
Their quest takes them across the Irish Sea to the Isle of Skye, encountering war, betrayal, death. In the end, Éamonn must make his own luck.
Read an Excerpt
Dusk had fallen in an intense indigo, a blanket which snugged in the folks at the fair, keeping them safe and sound against the outside world.
Katie spied the groups by the fires and noise. There were several groups around fires, but a large group of players and dancers played near the race track. She made for the light.
She loved music, especially singing. She didn’t do a lot at home, as Deirdre inevitably mocked her, and her father had little use for it. But song took her away on wings of freedom, at least for a while. She also had a duty to the sweet, blushing Ciaran. A kiss should be adequate payment for his kindness. It might even be enjoyable. She smiled.
It hadn’t rained, so the dust rose with all the stomping of the day and night. The firelight made it glow like the pits of hell. Perhaps she would end up in hell for her machinations, but she didn’t care how wicked she felt. She needed to have fun.
Katie spied the dark curls of her quarry, sitting with the blond man—Éamonn?—and a bulky man. An older man, possibly a father, sat beyond them. Unfortunately, Deirdre already sat with them.
With a sigh, she walked up to the group. “Ciaran, how lovely to see you again.” She smiled down at him, but he sprang up and offered his seat to her. Deirdre scowled.
Author Christy Nicholas knows her Irish/Scottish/Druid history. So much so, a good portion of what I expected to be a romantic adventure was lost beneath historical facts. That’s not to say this wasn’t an entertaining read. It’s just not the romance I was expecting after reading the book’s blurb.
The book stands well alone, even though it is part of a series. I did struggle a bit, as well, with the sometimes cumbersome speech. However, if you love a good Celtic story line and prefer the history over the romance, this could be a very enjoyable choice for you.
About the Author
My name is Christy Nicholas, also known as Green Dragon. I do many things, including digital art, beaded jewelry, writing and photography. In real life I’m a CPA, but having grown up with art and around me (my mother, grandmother and great-grandmother are/were all artists), it sort of infected me, as it were. I love to draw and to create things. It’s more of an obsession than a hobby. I like looking up into the sky and seeing a beautiful sunset, or a fragrant blossom, a dramatic seaside. I then wish to take a picture or create a piece of jewelry to share this serenity, this joy, this beauty with others. Sometimes this sharing requires explanation – and thus I write. Combine this love of beauty with a bit of financial sense and you get an art business. I do local art and craft shows, as well as sending my art to various science fiction conventions throughout the country and abroad.
Christy Nicholas will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC or a copy of Legacy of Hunger, book 1 in the series to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.
Follow the Tour
This is the last week of a four-week review tour. Please feel free to visit the previous stops for additional chances to enter the drawing.
February 23: Long and Short Reviews
March 2: Straight From the Library
March 9: Lorana Hoopes
March 9: Laura’s Interests
March 16: EskieMama and Dragon Lady Reads
March 16: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
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It’s been my pleasure hosting Christy for this final stop on her tour. Please come back again on Friday for a bit of Irish humor. Next week, I’ll feature more great authors, books and giveaways!