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Of Blood and Honey by Stina Leicht
Cover Artist: Min Yum
Night Shade Books Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781597802130
Date: 18 January 2011 List Price $14.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

Stina Leichtís Of Blood and Honey is a gripping novel. Her characters are gritty and real and the plot is tight and compelling. The story follows Liam, a young Irishman who is more than he seems on the surface. After being caught up in the battle between the IRA and the British army in 1970s Belfast, Liam discovers that there is something powerful and sinister lurking inside him. As the IRA and the British wage war, there is another war being waged, one that is also Liamís birthright. As he gains more clues about the mysterious father he has never known, Liam realises that he may not be wholly human and he is a part of a war between entities that he never knew existed. Leicht paints a realistic and believable picture of violence-plagued Belfast in one of the most fraught periods in Irish history. Her characters are deep, flawed, and utterly real. The plot is tightly woven with each scene flowing seamlessly from the last. The story takes many unexpected turns, but each is handled with the precision of a formula one champion. There are some scenes in which Irish Gaelic is spoken without direct or even contextual translation. Although this adds to the authenticity and the atmosphere, it can also distract from what is going on in the story. Of Blood and Honey is a dark masterpiece, an exquisite spider spinning a web of violence, uncertainty, pride, love, and identity. It chronicles the journey of a young man from innocence to maturity, from ignorance to wisdom, and from the darkness of uncertainty to the light of truth.

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Product Description: Liam never knew who his father was. The town of Derry had always assumed that he was the bastard of a protestant - his mother never spoke of him, and Liam assumed he was dead. But when the war between the fallen and the fey began to heat up, Liam and his family are pulled into a conflict that they didn't know existed. A centuries old conflict between supernatural forces seems to mirror the political divisions in 1970's era Ireland, and Liam is thrown headlong into both conflicts! Only the direct intervention of Liam's real father, and a secret catholic order dedicated to fighting "The Fallen" can save Liam... from the mundane and supernatural forces around him, and from the darkness that lurks within him.

(Source: Night Shade Books)

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