Brigid, a gifted druid priestess, seeks to preserve Ireland’s ancient religion when Christianity broaches its shores. Through a dangerous ritual, Brigid remembers her past life – a rare power – as a goddess of the Túatha de Danann. She must hide this secret from druids in her own order who are jealous of the talent she possesses and would use their combined magic to seizeBrigid, a gifted druid priestess, seeks to preserve Ireland’s ancient religion when Christianity broaches its shores. Through a dangerous ritual, Brigid remembers her past life – a rare power – as a goddess of the Túatha de Danann. She must hide this secret from druids in her own order who are jealous of the talent she possesses and would use their combined magic to seize her power. When she confronts Patrick, the charismatic leader of the newly-arrived Christians, she realizes they have a shared history, tied together by a bond formed lifetimes before. As Brigid persists in reminding him of their past and of his promise to help her revive the Danann, Patrick denies the deal he made as a lonely slave boy to a goddess he believed to be only in his imagination....
|Title||:||Fiery Arrow (The Brigid Series, #2)|
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Fiery Arrow (The Brigid Series, #2) Reviews
https://anaslair.wordpress.com/2015/0...As in the previous book of the series, Fiery Arrow took me on an exciting adventure.There were things I enjoyed more in this book than the first one and others I did not enjoy as much.The concepts were very innovative. I had not read about magic as in this series. As in the previous book, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about connecting with the Earth to the point of being able to extract energy from it and being in communion with it and do wish I would have read more about that. The Irish gods and goddesses' description and the notion of their strength depending on people believing in them was very interesting, as was the druid system presented in this book. I loved how there were various skills the clan members could specialize in and how it took decades to become a druid.I actually enjoyed that there were no obvious good guys - everyone had their flaws. Even the gods and goddesses proved, as in the previous book, to show no mercy when it comes to achieving their goals.The way Christianity was approached was also very new. Literature I have come across always seems to approach the conversion missions from the Christian point of view, so seeing it from the other perspective was very refreshing.And the whole process of trying to remember a past life was tremendously engaging. Not knowing what Brigid would remember or who she could trust kept me on edge. However, I do wish the ending would have provided a bit of closure in that aspect, as well as others. It felt rushed. I wondered why so much was happening after the 90% mark and the fact is I did not feel much closure at all.And there were, again, things that confused me or that I did not get why they were approached in such a manner. For example, the chronology threw me off a bit. (view spoiler)[The way the story was presented, I thought Brigid and Patrick were roughly 11 years apart, since the chapters where she is 5 years old are interspersed with Patrick's 16 years of age. So it was extremely confusing to read that she was not born until he was 20 years old. (hide spoiler)]Even though I felt engaged throughout his trials, the fact is that I had a bit of trouble connecting with Patrick. (view spoiler)[I did not get how easy it was for him not only to keep doubting Brigid, even after she appeared to him in the flesh, even after he felt the connection to her, but also to completely ignore her request, no matter how urgently she conveyed it, to make sure that her people did not forget the Danann. Worse still, he thought she deserted him instead of the other way around. Even after she said she faced enormous danger just communicating with him and was not sure she could keep coming back because of said danger. It was difficult to care for a character who seemed so selfish and reckless of the well-being of the one he supposedly loved. That was something else that confused me - one minute he remembered he loved her and the next she was a figment of his imagination. (hide spoiler)]I felt some things kept being repeated, like (view spoiler)[Patrick saying he heard Brigid because the blow in the head made it soft, or her constant requests that he taught her people to remember the Danann. She kept saying the same things and yet he never once acknowledged her, only kept asking her to come and be with him. It was so frustrating!And I definitely do not get why Brigid's father did not request divorce from Sena, if he loved her mother that much and as a druid he had so much power. (hide spoiler)]All in all, I had a good time reading this. I could see myself immersed in this world. The concepts were refreshing and unique, and I am curious to know what happens in the third book.Disclaimer: I would like to thank the author for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
A Heartfelt Love Story Surrounded by Lush Historical DetailHaving just written Saint Patrick into my most recent novel in which the heroine is also Druid, and with my passion for Celtic history, I just HAD to read FIERY ARROW. The poignancy of the love story between Druid priestess Brigid and Christian leader Patrick of Bannaven Taberniae, son of a prefect and grandson of a deacon, with the backdrop of the historical details, simply blew me away. We all know who Saint Patrick was, and many of us know he was captured, enslaved by Irish savages and dragged to Ireland. But few of us know the details…his hardships in captivity, what he went through emotionally, whether he found true love, his escape after many years. This story shows us. Not simply a biographical novel of Patrick and Brigid, it weaves the drama and their conflicting beliefs through the storyline, showing us how Patrick and Brigid were meant to be together, not in this life, but in previous lives, and undoubtedly, in future lives. Not only are their mortal beings destined for each other, so are their souls. Brigid is gifted with visions that assure her destiny with Patrick…”I knew I had been married to him, not by choice, in a previous existence. Patrick, however, was here in this life. Yet, he was older than I. How did I know him?” When she finally saw him preach, she realized “the overlap began to make some sense. I taught him from some other plane of existence.”If you’re a believer in fate, past lives, and want to journey back to fifth century Ireland and get embroiled in early Christianity and Druidism, this story shouldn’t be missed. Sheila Lamb not only captures the bygone era with precise detail, (she really did her homework), she conveys Patrick and Brigid’s emotions, worldly and otherworldly lives, and ties it all up in the end so that the story couldn’t have happened any other way.Diana Rubino, author of STILL CRAZY…www.dianarubino.com
Fiery Arrow is a delightful, highly imaginative story about an unlikely man and woman who come together despite their vastly different backgrounds. It is a continuation of the tale that began with a previous novel entitled, Once A Goddess. Brigid is the love child of an already married druid father who fell in love with a servant woman. His first wife refused to accept her as a second wife, so they lived separately, estranged. Patrick, the son of a wealthy nobleman is a Christian, who, through an unfortunate set of circumstances, is captured by enemies and forced into servitude. A secret bond from a time long past ties them together, as together they must unite to preserve Ireland's pagan religion.Although Fiery Arrow follows Brigid's story that began with Once A Goddess, this novel does stand alone, and it is not necessary to have read the first book to enjoy the sencond. However, having read both stories, I recommend you read them both.Written in an easy to enjoy prose, the story is shared between the two main characters, until they come together in their quest to resolve the past. Plenty of threatening danger to both the hero and the heroine added to the tension and conflict that kept the story unpredictable and fresh. European pagan history as Christianity swept through, gatherine momentum, is a fascinating period in history. Sheila Lamb worked hard to ensure her story educated as well as entertained. This is indeed a very rich story for anyone interested in ancient history and with Celtic roots. Highly recommended.
I loved reading Fiery Arrow as much as I loved reading Once a Goddess; they were both incredibly difficult to put down! Whereas Once A Goddess is from Brigid's point of view, Fiery Arrow alternates between Patrick and Brigid's viewpoints. After Patrick escapes years of slavery, he becomes a leader of the Christian faith. Brigid and Patrick have known each other for several life times but it takes both of them a long time to remember their past. As she fights to keep the pagan practice relevant, Brigid is highly disappointed in Patrick's Christian faith and leadership and vice versa. And yet, they are drawn to each other like moths to a flame."I reached to the Danann spirits, deep within the earth, waiting. Please send me a sign. Let me know what to do. The oak leaves swayed in the wind speaking. I wouldn't give up. I would go to him again...when the time was right, when the answers were made known. The earth heard and sighed with a hush" (237).Although Fiery Arrow can be read as a stand alone novel, I recommend reading Once A Goddess first since it's such a beautiful tale. Highly recommend both novels.
Sheila Lamb's story in the Brigid Trilogy, Fiery Arrow, may be fantasy, but she compels you into a reality of 'now'...You are there with Brigid as she moves through time to reach Patrick and encourage him towards his destiny with her. Great read!!!
I am so pleased to have been chosen to receive "Fiery Arrow" by Sheila R. Lamb for free thanks to Goodreads First Reads and of course the author herself. Looking forward to reading it! Many thanks again!
I got this book through Goodreads First Reads and it was totally different than other books I usually read. A bit metaphysical-- but cool to broaden my horizons.
This is the story of a princess, in Ireland, who wants to preserve her religion when Christianity comes to the land. She meets and develops feelings for Patrick, the Christian leader.
I won this book through goodreads. I enjoyed reading this book very much. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.