Welcome to the Release Day Blitz of Eye of The Seer, The second book in the new Derbfine Series by Ashley York is released today, so I have a special release day post. We have a bit out Eye of the Seer, a bit about Ashley and my review of book one Curse of the Healer.
In ancient Éire, men and women take to the legends for answers. Different-colored eyes are the mark of a Seer, it is said, and those who can see the future are in league with the devil. They cannot be suffered to live.
He wishes to prove himself…
Marcán of Clonascra bears the bloodline of Brian Boru, the legendary high king, and his prowess as a warrior has earned him great respect. But he was born with different-colored eyes, and there are some who would have him suffer a Seer’s fate. His fiercest adversary is Beibhinn, mother to Diarmuid, his close friend and king, and Astrid, the woman who holds his heart. If Astrid ever showed him any interest, he would fight Beibhinn and any army to wed her.
She is desperate to escape…
Astrid is sick of her mother’s belittling, but her brother is in no hurry see her married, so she decides to see to her own match-making. The man she approaches quickly reveals his lack of honor, but her overbearing mother pushes her to wed him anyway. When Astrid discovers Marcán’s love for her, she realizes that what she wants has been in front of her all along. True happiness awaits them, but only if they can put a stop to her mother’s plans.
Curse of the Healer by Ashley York Descendants of the High King series (Derbfine Series) Book one.
After the death of Brian Boru in 1014, a legend arose of a healer so great she could raise a man from the dead, with a power so strong it could make any warrior the next high king of Éire…and to steal it away from her, he need only possess her.
Fated to be a healer…
Aednat has spent her entire life training to be the great healer, knowing she must remain alone. When she meets Diarmuid, the intense attraction she feels toward him shakes her resolve to believe in such a legend. If she gives in to the passion he ignites in her, can she settle for being less?
Destined to be his…
Diarmuid of Clonascra is renowned for his bravery in battle. Only one thing daunt’s him: the prospect of taking a wife. The safest course would be to keep his distance from Aednat, the bold, headstrong healer who’s far too tempting for his peace of mind. But his overking orders him to protect her from a group of craven warriors intent on kidnapping her to steal her power.
What starts as duty for Diarmuid quickly transforms into something more. Aednat’s power might be at risk, but so is his closed-off heart.
This is first book I have read by Ashley York and I can absolutely say it will not be the last, what an absolutely wonderful way to be introduced to York’s writing. This is such a thrilling and intelligent tale that entwine’s myths and legends so effortlessly with an original love story.
In 1014 came a legend that stated a healer who had the greatest power a man would know, a healer who could raise the dead and make warriors into kings and if any man wanted her power and be the most powerful King of Eire all they had to do possess her and take her virtue.
Aednat is a healer in the making who as a child she was booted out of her clan by the then Chief – her grandfather none the less – for having a disability, a club foot and she was sentenced to a living as an outcast in the woods with the other people who had some sort of disability. Once her grandfather had passed away and her cousin became the new chief she was allowed back into her clan under the protection of her cousin Sean. Sean never did like the way Aednat was treated by her grandfather and the clan but at the time he couldn’t say anything to help her as he would have been severely punished for it. So when he becomes Chief he personally goes and collects his cousin, who becomes the jewel of his family. Sean knows just how special she is and just how much danger she could be in.
So he does what any protective head of the family does, he sends word for her protector.
Diarmuid is chief of Clonascra, another Clan and also a well renowned and powerful warrior in his own right. He s good friends with Sean and when he gets an urgent message from his friend to come quickly as he had a special mission for him, Diarmuid goes to his friend’s aid.
But what is it exactly Sean that wants of Diarmuid?
Sean is gathering all of the chiefs of the mighty clans in the area and asking them all to come together and to try to protect their people from invaders not just from foreigners but from danger much closer to home. Obviously Diarmuid believes that this is why he has been summoned, to help his friend with this alliance. But Sean has other ideas especially where Aednat is concerned.
Sean knows that because of her being a well-known and skilful healer in the making she is in very serious danger. Once the rebels and rival clans fin out about her, they will want her. She could be taken, abused and killed for her healing power and so Sean asks the only person in the world who he trusts to guard her – his best friend Diarmuid.
When the village is attacked by rebels Aednat is shocked to find out that they wanted her, and because of a legend that the rebels believe about possessing her and getting her healing powers they will stop at nothing to get her. There is only one way that she will have a chance of her being safe and only one person who can protect her; Diarmuid!
“Ye need to take her in hand.”Sean scoffed. “No one takes Aednat in hand. She’s a will of her own, and no man will bend her to his.”
Aednat is a great young woman she has ideas and opinions that for the time would have come across as witchery and evil, but in actual fact she is just a free thinking, opinionated woman who knows what she wants out of life. She knows she doesn’t want marriage, she hates the idea of becoming a mans object for the rest of her life. She is so much happier living on her own, but she’s not naive to think that is actually going to be able to happen.
After growing up in the dangerous outer skirts of the village, she knows how perilous life can be for her, not just the fact that she is just a woman, but she is a talented healer with a disability. Even with her powerful cousins protection she is still looked upon with scorn and fear, that is until she meets Diarmuid who looks on her with something that unsettles her.
Diamuid is a monosyllabic, brusque warrior and he is a hugely proud and honourable man who hates injustices. He is a good warrior and takes his duties very seriously, so when he finds out that Aednat is in danger he is the first to come to her rescue. As much as he would deny it he is a really good man and highly protective to this he cares about.
As soon as he knows the full details of how much danger she is in he knows full well that the safest place for her is by his side, yes he might growl and moan but deep down he has a heart of pure gold and from the moment he saw Aednat he was drawn to her and there is no way in hell that anyone is going to touch her, she is his and has been since the day he set eyes on her. He will protect her with his last breath.
“I will not let them have ye. Rest assured. Ye’ve been entrusted to me, and I care for what is mine.”
Diarmuid reminds me of a wild wolf, leader of his little wolf pack. He is wild, viscous when he needs to be, caring and loving a natural-born leader but he is also so very normal. I especially love how he makes fun of himself when not on guard he has a lovely wit, and when he wants to be he can be really charming, especially when he doing what we all do and have a moan about his family. Joking with Sean about his demanding mother and free-spirited sister Astrid.
When they first meet she thinks he is nothing but an angry, arrogant and egotistical brute. Who because he is this feared this feared warrior he can do and say what ever he likes, he thinks of her as a spoilt little brat who needs her arse slapped. That first meeting between them is highly amusing, they don’t hide how they really hate each, when they are bickering they feed of each others emotions that makes their arguments really get going and it even gets to stage where she gives him a well deserved slap.
They are both such opinionated and passionate people who obviously when together there is fireworks in one way or another, yet beneath the bad-tempered words they both have genuine feeling for each other, but can both of them get past the fact that they have been forced to endure each others company and see that they are both good, kind-hearted and sensual individuals who needs love in their own way?
“I wanted ye to be happy with a woman, Diarmuid. Someone to warm yer bed when ye’ve returned from battle. Is that so bad? I thought she could be the one.” Clearly Sean had a great blind spot where Aednat was concerned. A wife like her would never give him peace.
This is really very interesting I love the mixture of love story and legend, which intricately entwine’s throughout the story. It is a smart and mesmerizing tale and you become completely submerged in the era.
I genuinely really love this it is an intelligent and enjoyable read, York has created a beautifully written atmospheric, mysterious love story. I cant wait to read more of this series, especially Diarmuids right hand man Marcan, who is a seductive Rogue who could charm the birds from the trees with his gorgeous of Eyes and cute as a button wit.
I cannot recommend this enough, this can be enjoyed by any Historical Romance reader, it has everything Medieval Romance, Myth’s and Legend’s and a game of cat and mouse.
Curse of the Healer is out now and can be found at Amazon.
This was a complimentary copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.
“Two things you should know about me right up front. I’m a hard-core romantic! And I love history!
I believe true love does exist and once found, can transform your life from a solitary journey into a passionate adventure. Easier said than done sometimes but writing about the infinite number of possibilities, working out the exact when and where, and developing the character’s personal journey to get there, thrills me to no end.
I love history with larger than life heroes, chivalrous knights, lords and ladies, castles, manors, battles and conquests. These are the foundations for passionate, historical romance novels. That’s what I write. There is nothing like the intense emotions sparked between a driven, hard-working medieval warrior and a feisty damsel in a quandary, often not of her own making.
It only makes sense that I use my MA in History and all those research techniques to create romantic characters from the past. Although I’m writing fiction, I like to incorporate authentic places, events, and people, embellishing the past. I use real history but with an artistic flare. I love research, especially from primary documents, and could get lost in them! You’ll discover a world of fiction wrapped around historical people and events in my stories. Some events you may recognize, some you may recognize but a little different than you remember, and some are just from my imagination.
I’m fascinated by the High Middle Ages in Scotland, England, and Ireland. There are so many world-changing events taking place here from their participation in the Crusades to the Battle of Hastings that permanently connected the islands to the continent. Before the Declaration of Arbroath, before William Wallace, before the Doomsday Book, the area was ripe for great events and they never failed to deliver. It is on this combustible backdrop that I create characters with the same desires and motivations as we have today.
When I’m not writing, I enjoy cooking. It’s relaxing and I always like to find something new and easy. On Fridays I occasionally share simple recipes with Foody Friday. Sometimes entrees. Sometimes desserts. Sometimes snacks. Always delicious.”