In 16th Century Ireland. Young and beautiful Alainn McCreary, healer in training to the powerful O'Brien Clan, is on the cusp of discovering she possesses vast and unusual supernatural powers, which she hopes will help her unlock the secrets of her past and break the curse on the O'Brien Clan.
Alainn is counseled to hide her magical abilities, but how can she when dark forces rise up to threaten not only the O'Brien Clan, but Alainn and the life of the Chieftain's beloved, but forbidden nephew, Killian O’Brien, a man Alainn has loved as long as she can remember?
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4 1/2 stars!
I have always enjoyed the fantasy/paranormal romance genre and this book doesn't disappoint. In the first 2 chapters, Leigh Ann Edwards sets the stage for the deep friendship that develops between her heroine, Alainn McCreary and hero Killian O'Brien as children when she uses her powers to help him regain the will to live after having lost his family in battle. Ten years later, both are grown; their years of friendship develop into love. Their feelings for each other deepen even as they know that they cannot be together due to their differences in social station. When Alainn's guardian and mentor passes away, the old witch in the fairy glade reveals a secret which may change her life forever and could be the key to removing the curse that the witch had placed on the O'Brien family years before. The one thing I did not like about this book was that it ends in a cliffhanger and cannot be read as a standalone. That said, this story grabbed me enough that I definitely plan to read the next installment, The Witch's Daughter, to find out what happens.
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.