Title– Eire’s Viking
Author– Sandi Layne
Publisher– The Writer’s Coffee Shop
Beginning ten years after the end of Éire’s Captive Moon, this is the story of how Agnarr Halvardson returns to Éire with the intention of settling there, marrying, and siring sons.
It is also the story of Aislinn, who was a child in Ragor when the Northmen raided eleven summers prior but is now a working physician in her own right. She spent a year in Bangor Monastery and became a Christian before Cowan and Charis returned to take the children to Cowan’s village in the kingdom of Dál Fiatach and returns there a decade later to finish learning all she can from the monks about their healing practices.
When Cowan brings her a patient, injured and temporarily unable to speak, she can’t help but find the strong, tall man attractive, even if such feelings unsettle her.
Although sparks fly immediately, Agnarr’s idea of wedding Aislinn—the physician who heals him when he is injured—is hampered by many factors, including language and cultural differences. There is also the matter that he is the man who kidnapped and enslaved Charis years before.
Believing strongly that God gave Agnarr to her as a patient, though, Aislinn does her best. Her knowledge of who he is wars with her unwilling attraction to him. That he makes his interest in her clear doesn’t help, as he goes so far as to seek her father’s permission to wed her. Can she forgive him for what he did to her village? Can she love him if she does? And will she be willing to accept a life at Agnarr’s side even if he does not love her?
Meanwhile, other raiders from the North come to Éire’s green coasts. Pledging his loyalty to the new king, Muiredach of Dál Fiatach, Agnarr prepares to defend his new home.
After reading Captive Moon, I could not wait to read Eire’s Moon. Again I was completely engrossed and wanted to know what was going to happen in the story. I could not out it down!!!!
This time readers get to know Angarr more, and I must say, I found compassion for him. I was completely rooting for him in this book. I completely enjoyed Charis as the main character in the first book, but I think that I enjoyed her adoptive daughter just as much as her in the second book. They are both very different women and I enjoyed learning about each of them in different ways.
I think the romance between Angarr and Aislinn is a bit odd since Angarr seemed to have feeling for her mother, but once I got pass that, I enjoyed the two of them together. He seemed to change A LOT in this book and opened himself to another women.
I really enjoy reading Ms. Layne’s world of Vikings and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book and learn more about all of my favorite characters.