A mistaken identity. A gruesome murder. The uniting of two powerful clans.
Trained as a warrior…
Brighit of Clonascra is the only daughter of the fearsome overking, Sean, but despises the trappings and demands of womanhood. She's far more comfortable training for battle than preparing a meal. Long held alliances require she set aside selfish dreams and take Darragh as her husband. The union intended to promote peace between the clans is interrupted by the shocking murder of a neighboring king and she quickly discovers there are far worse things than being wed.
Trained to be king…
Darragh of Drogheda has no wish to follow in the path of his father, Tadhg, but he is an obedient son and supports his father's plans. His marriage to Brighit, however, will be no hardship at all since he finds her most intriguing especially when she fights him at every turn. A she-warrior indeed. Her persistent dismissal of him merely blows the fire aflame and sets him down the path to discovery of all her most tightly held secrets.
When she stands accused of the murder, can they finally come to an agreement that will give them each what they truly desire?
An Amazing Story!
A fast paced adventure that captures the essence and traditions of ancient Ireland. I was grabbed by the Prologue and could not put it down until I turned the last page. York's well drawn characters easily come to life and the descriptions make you feel part of the story. This is the tale of two people who were betrothed as children in the hope to unite their clans. Brighit of Clan Cruadhlaoch grew up with a father and brothers who indulged her free spirit and taught how to fight, hunt and ride like a man. Her soon to be husband, Darragh of Clan MacNaughton has been trained to one day be king like his father although he has no ambition to take that place. As the time draws near and Brighit and Darragh are to be wed, Brighit worries that she will lose all of her freedom and be made to only act as a lady and no longer have her adventures. But as fate often steps in, an adventure goes wrong right before the wedding and she is forced to keep secrets from her husband. Mystery, murder and strong emotions abound that will have you holding your breath until the last page to find out what happens. This book is part of a series but can be read as a standalone, although I do want to read the first two books. Ashley York is a new author to me and I am so glad to have found her and intend to read everything she has written!!