So I recently joined a website called NetGalley where you can request to read ARCs in exchange for reviews (usually on Goodreads and Amazon). I had hoped to begin doing reviews here on my blog and I would be grateful for any tips you all might have for me.
Inish Clare is the second in the Pirate Queen series, however it is not necessary to have read book 1 to appreciate this book.
Cursed by haunting visions of Ireland’s notorious pirate queen, nineteen-year-old Maeve O’Malley returns to Ireland with medieval relics that hold the power to restore peace to her lost clan.
Maeve must race to prove her clan’s rights to the land and it’s treasures before an ancient pact soon expires. If only she knew who to trust with the centuries-old secrets before time-honored Brehon Law hands everything over to her enemy.
Murderous rival clans and warrior chieftain’s challenge Maeve while her unforgettable, charming ex, Rory, now chieftain to his own clan, continues to complicate her mission and her reunion with her passionate, destiny-bound protector, Paul.
Finding the elusive final resting place of the pirate queen is critical if Maeve is to accomplish her quest of returning balance to her clan, before it’s too late. Will she have what it takes to be a true warrior?
I really enjoyed this book. I initially requested it because of the above description. I’ve always had a love of the Irish and this book drew me in with great descriptions of Ireland plus a fiery heroine.
Inish Clare is quite fast paced and I enjoy that as you feel that you are going along on the ride with Maeve to discover her family history and how it relates to the land around her. While there is an element of romance in this novel it doesn’t override Maeve’s growth, rather it shows her reacting how any normal person would to the circumstances around her.
The supernatural elements are woven into the story so naturally that you don’t question what’s happening, you just accept that this is normal for Maeve. This only adds to my enjoyment during the read as it keeps you guessing about their motivation and reasons for doing what they do. (I’m trying very hard to avoid spoilers)
All in all this is a really enjoyable read and I am looking forward to the next one in the series when it is released. The only thing for me is that it probably would have helped to read book 1 to gain some background on the characters but it was easy to pick up. I ended up reading it in one sitting giving it 4 stars.
Inish Clare is released on September 12th 2017 through City Owl Press.