Monday, September 26, 2016

The Irish Warrior by Ashley York

Title: The Irish Warrior (The Norman Conquest #2.5)
Author: Ashley York
Genre: Historical Romance, Medieval
Length:186 printed pages
Publisher: Indie
Release Date: September 30,2015
Source: Review Request
Rating: 3 ½
Heat Rating: 3
Reviewed by: Vashti  

Outcast and alone, Thomasina MacDonell is hell bent on finding her brother, the only person who can thwart their father's latest scheme to offer her as payment for his gambling debts. Disguised as a lad, she defiantly sets off on foot to locate him—never expecting to find a handsome, Irish warrior riding her beloved horse. The warrior's offer of help and unsolicited advice on how to be manlier sparks an intimate desire to reveal her more feminine side.

Rejected by the love of his life, Sean O'Cisoghe wants simply to return home and heal his broken heart. When a young "lad" steals the horse out from under him, he discerns the spirited woman may be in way over her head against her ruthless father. Finding her brother while keeping her would-be betrothed at bay, Sean must confront the fact that Thomasina has stolen his heart. Will Norman soldiers out for his blood and shifting clan alliances cut short their growing passion?                   

This is my third book by Ashley York, and third in her Norman Conquest Series. However The Irish Warrior is completely fine as a standalone read.

But like many others I suffer from that crippling disease  MRBI. So if you too must read books in order than "The Irish Knight" is all the more enjoyable.

Sean O'Cisoghe is an Irish Warrior that we are first introduced to in "The Gentle Knight".  Feeling dejected, bitter and broken hearted he is trying to make his way back home to Eire, when he crosses paths with Tommy aka Thomasina.

Tommy aka Thomasina came across as childish to me at first,  but I guess you can't blame her given the fact she is in disguise as a young lad.  There  is one scene in the Tavern Inn that completely displays not only her childish behavior but says maybe she is a bit off in the head. Thomasina does something so ridiculous that  I'm like What??  Has her dilemma completely robbed her of all sanity?  Read the book to find out what I'm talking about.  I guess this is just another classic case of silly girls doing really stupid things.  She put not only herself in extreme danger but Sean as well.  Enough of my rant over the tavern scene. Yeah it really did annoy me.   Thomasina  does redeem herself and by the end of the book I'm actually pulling for her and feel really sorry for her.  When we meet her scumbag of a dad, who was just an A-1 first-class crap hole, we see why the girl was so screwed up.

I liked  Sean very much.  He was a strong, no-nonsense warrior, even though he was nursing some wounds to his heart and pride. He saw straight through Thomasina's  disguise and trickery, and he didn't let her get away with it.  By the end of the book Sean got a little mushy with his feelings when he began to acknowledge them for what they really were, but he was still first and foremost a warrior till the end.

This was a fast-paced, quick read with plenty of action.   I don't know if Ashley York writes scenes with humor in mind but I find that certain scenes in all of her books quite literally crack me up.  The Irish Warrior is no exception,  the scenes between Sean and Tommy the "lad" are simply hilarious.

We do see previous characters from The Gentle Knight, some a pleasant surprise, such as the three Scottish Highlanders, others not so much.  Ivan the Lecher is back and he finally gets his just reward.

Miss York's knowledge of medieval history, as I've said before, is fantastic. The historical knowledge she adds to her novels is an underlying element that is not in your face but adds sense of realism.  I asked Mrs. York about the differences in Accents in this novel in particular, and she explained that in order to be  true to the period  Sean's accent  was not more distinctly Irish as we recognize it now. That's another great thing about reading her books, you may learn something about medieval history that perhaps you didn't know before, which is always a bonus (IMO).  I recommend The Irish Warrior to anyone who is a lover of medieval history, filled with action and one sexy hero.

Check out Ashley Yorks website for some truly beautiful scenery that will transport you to another time.

The Norman Conquest

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