My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was such a stirring story. I enjoyed it very much. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series when the time comes.
Although a work of fiction, it was truly wonderful learning about the Túatha dé Danann and of the Fomorians. Not to mention the Fir Bolgs. I kept trying to picture what these ancient races would have been like so long ago. While they are a part of Irish mythology, Sheila was able to paint such a vivid picture of their customs, and of what they were like, that you feel drawn to the lives of all the characters found within her story.
Brigid, who was forced at a young age to uphold a treaty between her people and those of the Fomorians, never really knew what she was getting herself into. Sacrificing all hope of ever finding her anam cara, she reluctantly enters an arranged marriage with Bres, a man who’s the next in line to be chieftain of his race. One who is willing to do anything to maintain his position in all that he does.
Hating the fact that she’s been married off to Bres and sent to spy on the enemy, she does her best to overcome a bitter rivalry with Morrigan, another woman who seeks her husbands attentions, while also trying to maintain the peace within both tribes. As time goes by, she comes to realize that her anam cara does indeed exist. Yet she knows that they can never be. A fact that breaks her heart over and over again.
As tensions rise, and invasion is inevitable, Brigid realizes that there are too many lies and deceptions being played by both sides. Feeling betrayed by those she’s always loved, she finds it difficult to forgive their treachery. Despite this, she resolves to make the best of things, while protecting those that she loves more than life itself.
About Sheila R. Lamb:
Sheila Lamb is an MFA candidate at Queens University of Charlotte. Her stories have appeared in Soundzine, Referential Magazine, Santa Fe Writers Project, and elsewhere. In addition, she is a contributing writer to the Santa Fe Writers Project, Creative Writing MFA Blog and Historical Novel Review.
She teaches creative writing at the Center for the Arts in Manassas, Virginia. She is currently at work on a collection of contemporary short stories, as well as a historical fantasy trilogy about Brigid of Ireland. Once A Goddess, the first in the trilogy, is available in paperback or ebook on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble or for order through your own indie bookstore.
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