Rebellion has always been in the O’Reilly family’s blood. So when faced with the tragic death of her brother during Northern Ireland’s infamous Troubles, a teenage Nora joined the IRA to fight for her country’s freedom. Now, more than a decade later, Nora is haunted by both her past and vivid dreams of a man she has never met.
When she is given a relic belonging to Brigid of Kildare, patron saint of Ireland, the mystical artifact transports her back eighty years—to the height of Ireland’s brutal civil war. Here she meets the alluring stranger from her dreams, who has his own secrets—and agenda. Taken out of her own time, Nora has the chance to alter the fortunes of Ireland and maybe even save the ones she loves. In this captivating and adventurous novel from Jodi McIsaac, history belongs to those with the courage to change it.~Goodreads Blurb
With an intriguing mixture of Irish mythology and politics, Author Jodi McIsaac has created a new historical fiction series for the masses. The Easter Rising happened just over 100 years ago and sometimes it is easier for people to forget the pain and hardships that the Irish people went through to get to the point that they are at today. Starting in 2005, we are wiped back in time to just after the Tan wars to when it was quickly becoming a Civil War in the North with Catholics and Protestants each fighting for their homes and their lives. We follow Nora O’Reilly from Belfast to Kildare and through time to help the mysterious man haunting her dreams.
As enjoyable as I found this first book, I did find myself doing separate research on certain parts of history that McIsaac glossed over or assumed the reader knew or didn’t need to know. Typically I find that historical fiction writers can add too much history and bog down the fiction but in this case it was the reverse. The fight for independence and freedom in Ireland is a complicated and nuanced history, but I felt that parts of the story were very one sided. Though that may have just been part of the writing style. If you like Irish history, historical fiction, and some time-travelling women this would be a great book for you. The second book of the series comes out on the 17th of January 2017, so I look forward to reviewing it as well.
Notes about the Author: Jodi McIsaac is the author of the Irish contemporary fantasy series The Thin Veil (47North) the thriller A Cure for Madness (Thomas & Mercer) and the forthcoming historical Revolutionary series, starting with Bury the Living (47North).
She grew up in New Brunswick, on Canada's east coast. After abandoning her Olympic speed skating dream, she wrote speeches for a politician, volunteered in a refugee camp, waited tables in Belfast, earned a couple of university degrees, and started a boutique copywriting agency. She loves geek culture, running, and whisk(e)y.