Book Review of The Sword Unsheathed by Judith Sterling

My Review

When Ashling’s old feelings are stirred for both Aengus and Lorcan, will history repeat itself?

The Sword Unsheathed continues to weave magic and intrigue into the Guardians of Erin series. The more I learn about each character, the more I like them. As Kian’s power grows, we get a glimpse into everyone’s past lives, which further adds to and enriches the story.

Great writing, vivid details, and an intriguing story line. Looking forward to the next in the series!

My rating: 4 stars

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Book Review of The Cauldron Stirred

My Review

Everything in Ireland screamed “home”. Even the guy whose soul recognized Ashling’s the moment he laid eyes on her. When dark forces are at work, will Ashling be able to awaken her inner power in time? Will she be able to reach the heart of the person whose destiny is closely intertwined with hers?

I could not put this book down. I loved the characters, the setting, the lore. The author weaves magic as she writes details and descriptions into the book. From page one, I was captivated and drawn into the story, and I quickly found myself rooting for the hero and heroine to get together. There was amazing sexual tension between Aengus and Ashling, written so well in a slow-burn romance.

I definitely recommend this book, and I look forward to reading the next in the series!

My rating: 5 stars

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New Release from Judith Sterling!

Who was your favorite character to write in The Sword Unsheathed?

It’s a tie between the two Donoghue sisters.  Ashling is the protagonist, and I love sharing the adventure through her eyes.  But Deirdre’s sassy, straight-talking personality is also fun to write.  Their dialogues just flow!

Where did your inspiration come from?

My inspiration for the Guardians of Erin series was a set of circumstances similar to what Ashling Donoghue experiences at the beginning of the story: (1) sudden and inexplicable homesickness for Ireland, a country I hadn’t visited or even considered before opening a simple Irish picture book; (2) speaking Irish, a language I’d never learned, in my sleep; and (3) total certainty that I would–and in fact HAD TO–travel there. I was 17 at the time, just like Ashling.

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