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Praise for Éire's Captive Moon:

"The characters–all of them– were so well worked that I fell in love with some I probably shouldn’t have and definitely hated those I should. Every single character was well-formed in my mind. I saw [the] moonbeam’s pale hair and skin and her bird tattoo. I saw the Viking’s braids, thick and hanging. Our heroine was strong and stubborn and truly for her own good." by Jennifer Garcia on www.itlnbrt.com

"The very best thing was that Sandi Layne kept me guessing to the very end. When Charis had a choice to make, I honestly could not guess which way she would go. I knew what I wanted to happen, but I was not sure Charis wanted the same thing. Few authors can keep me wondering to the very end of the book. I almost always figure things out before it’s answered in the story. I found myself thinking, come on, come on. What is she gonna do? Holding my breath, and feeling absolutely delighted that I did not have a clue!" by Sherry Gomes on www.sherrygomes.com


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Éire’s Captive Moon, the first book of Sandi Layne’s Éire’s Viking Trilogy, brings you to the unsettled era of the early Viking raids along the coast of Éire – today’s Ireland.

Red-striped sails make their first appearance on the shores near the village of Ragor and the peaceful life of the villagers is obliterated in one deadly raid. Agnarr Halvardson and his overlord, Tuirgeis, have come to Éire for treasure, honor, and slaves.

After slaying her husbands, Agnarr claims Charis, the healer of the village, as his personal medicine woman – and sex slave. Cowan, a local prince, is captured by Tuirgeis to serve as translator for trading journeys. Leaving the smoking ruins of Ragor and Bangor Monastery behind them – as well as the children Charis had carefully hidden from the Northmen – the invaders sail away.

Cowan, a Christian, is captivated by the pale, widowed herbalist, and finds himself in love with her by the time they reach Nordweg, where they will spend the winter. He is compelled to leave her, however, to serve his master.

The winter brings many trials. An invasion from another village’s warriors throws Cowan and Charis together more intimately than she is prepared to handle equitably. Her own feelings are growing uncertain, though she reminds herself that she has to return to Éire and the children she left there. As winter passes in Nordweg, Charis plans vengeance upon Agnarr even as she learns to see him differently. Beset by accusations of witchcraft, hounded by Agnarr’s betrothed and her slave – a refugee Charis herself healed more than a year before – and having to adapt to the strange language and customs among the people around her, Charis still makes her plans. Will she be able to put aside her feelings and escape when spring returns?

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  • Editor: The Writer's Coffee Shop (8 de enero de 2013)
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HASH(0x9fac33c0) de un máximo de 5 estrellas An excellent novel of ancient Ireland and the Vikings 17 de enero de 2013
Por The Curious Dame - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato: Versión Kindle
Éire's Captive Moon is a novel of ancient Ireland during Viking raids. The novel is an intriguing read delving into myths that have been part of Irish culture for centuries. At the heart of the story is a romance between two healers, Achan and Charis. Tragedy, revenge, and survival are strong themes throughout this engaging story.

Compelling, three-dimensional characters who are interesting, imperfect, and very intriguing make the story pop and grab the reader's interest as they each journey through their own adversities towards their ultimate destinies. The amount of research that went into this novel is also commendable. The romance is well drawn out without overshadowing the story. A blend of romance, fantasy, and historical fiction, make this a novel that will appeal to lovers of all three genres.
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HASH(0x9fac38d0) de un máximo de 5 estrellas Sign up to go a-viking with Sandi Layne 20 de enero de 2013
Por Warren Bennett - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato: Versión Kindle
First, a confession

It isn't a big shock to anyone that knows me when I say I'm not fond of the genre known as`Romance.' A book can be deftly written and have a great story, but it would still be hard for me to sit down and read one. Sandi Layne, a friend of mine that I've known more than a few years now, is primarily known as a writer of Romantic fiction. Since her books rarely have occasion to blow things up or have massive battles, I've been a little hesitant to read one of her tomes. Even with the knowledge that she is a good writer that can weave a solid tale.

That is until she sent me a book called Captive Irish Moon.

Out with the old

This book included a look back at history. It is set during the 9th century when the Christian church was making inroads in to northern Europe and the world was going through many great changes. The book was the tale of two refuges taken by the Viking horde: Charis, the pale healer from a small Irish village and Cowan, a Christian warrior that finds another life among the Vikings.

This book surprised me. It wasn't all about the romance or even the historical details, but also about spirituality and how humans deal with change. The book had many dark moments that reflect the times, woven with the idea that people can still survive even the worst events. It was also a story of how God can use people even when they desire nothing of the sort

In addition, Captive Irish Moon had battles. Some really cool battles that I enjoyed very much.

I wanted a sequel to the book, so the adventures of the main characters could continue. Alas! That did not happen.

Several years passed and Ms. Layne put out the word she was working on a Viking Trilogy. The first of which would be titled Eire's Captive Moon. This would be a rewrite and expansion of the previous book, now with a good publisher. Before the book was published, I had a chance to read an Advance Reader's Copy.

In With the New

In reviewing the new and expanded version, I wanted to go through and point out where the book has changed and where it hasn't. Unfortunately, outside of the new Prologue (Which shows how Charis came to be at the small village in the first place) I can't tell you the changes. I don't have my copy of Captive Irish Moon with me and it has been at least a couple of years since I read it. Therefore, that plan is out the window. I believe this book has a bit more depth than the first novel, with revisions that add more to the characters and place, but I could be wrong. My mind has always been odd. I can remember details of something I did at five years old but ask me what I had for dinner last week and I'd just nod and smile knowingly, without a clue of what I ate.

However, I must say that everything I thought about the first book still exists in this new edition. It is a great story with real characters that come to life on the page. The world of the 9th century Irish and Viking cultures are presented in a way that isn't dry or boring. The battles are still great and worth the price of admission alone. It isn't hard to care about the main characters, especially as the reader experiences life with them. Yet, the book isn't about the battles, the Irish or the Vikings, or even about the protagonists themselves.

The core of this book, although it is a fictional piece set against a historical background, is the idea that Christianity isn't a religion aimed to put people in chains. It is a belief system that aims to free these people from whatever situation they are in, often in unexpected ways. Charis and Cowan both have their lives shattered. The pieces of their old existence are gone, swept in to history like grains of sand going out with the receding tide. This doesn't mean that the main characters stop living, but it does mean their perceptions of life need to be adjusted. Christianity helps with that, helps every person to deal with what life has handed instead of living for what was lost. That, I think, is the core message of Eire's Captive Moon.

A complete package

Of course, the battles, the love story, the well-researched historical era, and the characters help bring this message to life. IT is a great piece of fiction that everyone should read. In fact, I'd say that this book reads more like a great fantasy epic than a typical piece of Historical Fiction. It doesn't have that boring and dry recitation of details I've come to expect from that genre. The details are there, but they are part of the world as a whole. We aren't forced to be at ringside while the author tells us all the history she has researched. She also doesn't try to lord her knowledge of the period over us, as if the readers are some kind of uncouth barbarians. The truth is contrary to that idea. The writing style of this book is warm, friendly, and inviting. It feels more like a Brandon Sanderson novel or something by Brent Weeks. Since the author is a woman, it is great to see these events from a female point of view. So many of the authors I've read recently are male, so it is a great change of pace.

The end is a new beginning

As you might have gathered, I enjoyed the ride Erie's Captive Moon takes the reader on immensely. I do admit that I am biased, having personally known the author for well over two years now, but I am not someone who would say I like something I don't. My experience with Historical Fiction hasn't been the greatest, but this story proves that a detailed rich view of history can be combined with a great story and realistic characters. This is the first of a trilogy, so I am looking forward to continuing to travel through the 9th century. It is almost as if I have a little blue police box of my own, controlled by a slightly mad and gloriously insane author. I expect this great trip to the past to continue and can't wait for the sequel.
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HASH(0x9fac3cfc) de un máximo de 5 estrellas Draws you in--difficult to put down--more than enjoyable 18 de mayo de 2013
Por Ro - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato: Tapa blanda
Not my normal read but within the first page and a half I was hooked. Read the entire book in two sittings over a two day period. The characters, though historically fictional draw you in, making it difficult to disconnect. There never seems to be a good place to stop. If you liked Clan of the Cave Bear you will love this book. My only complaint is the second book in the series has not been published yet. Once I finished the book, I wanted to go back and re-read it immediately again. Waiting impatiently for the next book to be released.
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HASH(0x9fac3bc4) de un máximo de 5 estrellas Eire's captive moon 21 de mayo de 2013
Por Clare O'Beara - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato: Tapa blanda
A story of Norsemen raids on the Irish coast, which brings home the terror and random violence of those times. A young woman, Charis, is healer to her village and uses her herbal knowledge to help others. But when her two husbands permitted under Brehon law are killed fighting Viking raiders, she is taken as a slave and she vows to get revenge even if it means using herbs to poison.

Another slave is Cowan, a king's son who is able to translate a few tongues, so he is an asset in trading. The Northmen have very little arable land so they have to trade for food and goods - taking gold and slaves is their way of survival. Some of the Irish people are sold to the Franks but the healer is recognised as valuable so one Norseman, Agnarr claims her as his leman. Agnarr has a betrothed in his own village who isn't pleased to see the new woman in his bed-furs. Charis is even less pleased, but doesn't have a choice. The Irish girl decides that she has to wait out a winter before making her escape. Cowan helps himself by becoming fluent in the Norse tongue and co-operating while Charis persists in her own language and working sullenly. Another slave, a priest, claims that the girl is a witch because she won't convert to the Christian faith, but that doesn't resonate with the Norse who worship Odin and Thor. Then a raiding party from a rival Viking village descends, bringing more violence.

EIRE'S CAPTIVE MOON is an adventure which should appeal to those who want to know more about the times. We finish with a better appreciation of just how hard life was before antibiotics, when people made their own clothing and did not expect to grow old. Sandi Layne is writing a Viking Trilogy, of which this is the first book.
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HASH(0x9fac360c) de un máximo de 5 estrellas A story that will stay with you long after it's over 14 de enero de 2013
Por SarahAisling - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato: Versión Kindle
With Éire's Captive Moon, Sandi Layne has created an unforgettable tale of love, loss, intrigue, bravery, and suspense. From the first pages, you'll be held captive by Ms. Layne's incredible storytelling and her ability to paint a picture with words that pulls you so deeply into her world you forget your surroundings.

Charis is snatched away from her home and everything she ever knew or loved. She's been captured to be the medicine woman, slave, and bed partner to the viking, Agnarr, who was so impressed by her healing skills he had to have her. Charis is a strong willed woman and isn't about to accept her fate without a hell of a fight. Taken across the seas, far from her home, she plans her revenge and escape throughout the long, cold winter.

It's not as easy as she thought to hate her captors, and two men will be vying for her affections before all is said and done.

I'm not going to delve too deeply into the story here. What I want to focus on is Sandi Layne's beautiful writing. Her descriptions are spot on without going overboard. You will feel the chill in the air, hear the snow crunching underfoot, smell and taste the meat being cooked over an open fire. There are characters that tug at the heartstrings and others that incite a sense of outrage, betrayal, and contempt. Charis' emotions leap from the page, and I often found myself conflicted.

The things I didn't like about this book were all personal preferences--such as wishing certain events went a different way. The writing was delicious, and the story was fascinating and felt completely authentic. It's obvious Ms. Layne put a great deal of time into Éire's Captive Moon.

The one thing that must be said is I consumed this book. I read it over a two day period and was annoyed when I had to put it aside to do other things--unusual for me since I don't normally have that much reading time. I was enraptured, and I think you will be, too.

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Although I didn't expect this to be the case, after reading the story, I'm Team Agnarr all the way.

Originally I marked Éire's Captive Moon as 4.5 stars, but after thinking about the story again and how much I enjoyed it, I have to up it to a full 5 stars--something I don't give out very often.