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The world is full of silly, sappy, sweet romances, but few, precious few are written for the purpose of sharing the power and the intensity of love as it is meant to be. Salacious and ribald stories titillate, and perhaps even illuminate, but what can only be described as a micro-epic has been created.

Liath, is the tale of an odyssey that brings a girl to womanhood, and a nation from ignorance to illumination. Along the way she will experience the spectrum of love’s many splendid things, from rapture and wanton, to purity and pleasantness, in the span of a year-long voyage. Liath (pronounced Lee- ath) is the gray-eyed daughter of a trader from Dublin, and she comes of age in an age not ready for such beauty.

Our story dawns at the beginning of the Great Famine in 1315. Knowing two languages, Gaelic and Latin, but compassionate beyond her years, she will cross the world to find answers to her prayers, and a love that burns brighter than she ever dreamed. The bright hearts she finds along the way brighten her path, but of all her passions, which one will win her heart?

• Garrick Wodesyde, the brash and impetuous blighter who steals a kiss – and betrays her, in the name of stealing family’s legal claims to their land?

• Dyllon Furrywygge, the wistful wandering knight, hoping for the honor his family denied him, whose capture of a beautiful and treacherous Irish spy can change his fate, and holds hers in his hands?

There would be many hearts left broken along the way, but which love would win hers? She is making her way to meet the Voice of God personified. How will he answer her pleas for mercy?

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"A short historical tale that never really starts and finishes all too soon. "

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Liath is the sixteen year old daughter of an Irish merchant who has been chosen to take a message to the Pope in Rome from her home in Dublin. The petition she is carrying is ask for God's aid in stopping the famine. Accompanying her is Garrick, hired by her father to assist Liath on her way. She sets out from Dublin across the sea to Holyhead and then starts down through Wales visiting a soothsayer on the way.

This novelette covers the first part of her journey from Ireland into Wales and gives us an idea of who she is and the writing style of the author. Having said that, very little of note actually happens, with the first main section of action happening right at the end of this piece. The formatting of the book is awry in places and there is the odd mistake here and there. Although the text is descriptive, you still don't get a feel for who the main character is, other than being yet another feisty heroine.

Unlike other stories which have been set in this era, I didn't feel there was anything to grab me. At only 2 chapters long as well there is little to make me want to read more of her adventures.

Rating: 2



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