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Of Blood and Honey 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

  • Title: Of Blood and Honey
  • Author: Stina Leicht
  • ISBN: 9781597802130
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Paperback
  • Of Blood and Honey By Stina Leicht, 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 seLiam 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 1970s 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.

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    1. This novel rocketed me right out of my chair It s that good I think it s wonderful to see something fresh brought to the fantasy genre, and Stina Leicht does it with flair.Set in the 1970s when the Provisional Irish Republican Army IRA and the British Army BA clash, Leicht s story opens with action that doesn t stop until the last page is turned Ireland s Fey are at war with the Fallen, and as that conflict escalates, so does the confrontations between the IRA and the BA Caught up in the war zon [...]

    2. Of Blood and Honey managed to win me over despite relying far too much one of the literary tricks that drives me batty every single time I see it That s saying something But still, it was at times an aggravating read There are so many things that are good here, and then so many things that I want to be just that little bit better to make this awesome The book got the author a nomination for the Campbell Award, so this is obviously very early in her career I have high hopes for her future books, [...]

    3. Sometimes you just know you and a book aren t going to get along I debated giving Of Blood and Honey a miss after a few chapters, and I m still not sure I made the right call to soldier on I finished the book, and I kind of understand the plot To say that I enjoyed it or got much out of the story would be an overstatement, though, and that s a shame Stina Leicht is a good writer, and the book itself is not poor It just wasn t what I was expecting or what I needed.The marketing hype for this book [...]

    4. Strong first novel that puts urban fantasy in one of the last places you would expect it Northern Ireland in the 1970s Liam Kelly is Irish Catholic but mostly non political, trying to keep his head down and mind his own business That plan doesn t work out so well as events draw him into the Troubles and an older, far secret war.Leicht takes an ambitious approach, telling a complex story set over years in an unfamiliar society, but the gamble pays off Some of this is the setting I don t know jac [...]

    5. It s a really interesting premise urban fantasy set in Northern Ireland in the 70s But honestly I thought the Fae part and the IRA part didn t really gel together The urban fantasy elements to me felt kind of light and generic, whereas all the IRA stuff was, well, pretty brutal I think honestly I would have liked this better without fantastic elements, and maybe with characterization for people other than the main character it all felt a little bit flat.

    6. Feels half written The main character gets tortured to the point of excess, but hardly any of it properly resonates The Irish stuff feels thrown in without proper context, a backdrop for the sake of a backdrop and little , and the Fey vs Fallen thing is barely explored at all All in all, a waste of time.

    7. Edited To correct a character s name I m bad with names and can t read my own notes, apparently Edited again So, adding this a year later than my initial review Other people s responses to this book have opened my eyes to some fairly ugly aspects to this book that I in my ignorance didn t notice let alone comprehend It was pretty obtuse and disappointing of me to not recognize some stock examples of problematic representation, even if I m not as familiar with Irish history specifically This revi [...]

    8. This is one of those tricky books where the nature of some of the content addressed leaves me feeling that I should rate it higher than my actual liking of the book would dictate There s a lot of weighty content in here that I hadn t expected most notably, within the first few chapters the main character is the victim of brutal prison rape, which ends up coloring a lot of his life thereafter as he struggles to recover from something he can t even speak of This plotline is handled with nuance and [...]

    9. Maybe I have been reading too many urban fantasies with kick ass heroines lately, but it was really refreshing reading one with a male lead and set in 1970 s troubled Ireland The story follows Liam, a young Catholic, who seems to always be in the wrong place at the wrong time After 3 years in two different prisons and marrying into a political family he joins the IRA Liam has never known his father and has grown up thinking his father was a Protestant His life turns to sorrow and violence as he [...]

    10. rantingdragon of bloodI don t usually read urban fantasy, especially not the trashy, fallen angel type obviously, trashy is my own opinion a wrong one at that, as this review will prove So even though I heard good things about Stina Leicht s Of Blood and Honey, I vowed never to read it Of course, I did read it in the end and I blame Leicht for that She abused a Twitter conversation in order to convince me It has car chases, she promised Considering no book from Night Shade Publishers has ever le [...]

    11. I have to offer you all reading this, and my recent reviews, an apology because I am having one of my mental episodes and my writing and thinking are quite erratic The doctor calls it neural degradation I get confused really easily, and forget things as soon as I hear read see them So my reviews are horrible when I m going through it, sorry I m feeling pretty cheated by this ending to be honest There were SO many things that hadn t been explained, and even with an epilogue, I have no better unde [...]

    12. Of Blood and Honey is a debut novel you do not want to miss reading Dark, gritty urban fantasy full of magic, myth and very real horrors that mankind as well as the supernatural inflicted on each other I was drawn in to this story of Liam, his mother Kathleen, step father Patrick and his Fey father Bran from the start Not only is there quite a bit of history gleaned about the infamous Irish IRA and also the British Armies conflicts in the 1970 s but there is a brilliantly descriptive story of th [...]

    13. This is a book about the fey This is also a book about Ireland in the 1970s I don t think it s necessary to have much knowledge of either in order to read this book, but I suspect you ll enjoy it a lot if you do This story is painful No surprise there, given where it s set It s horrible and, yet, somehow the people in it still seem to find beautiful moments Even Liam, who is perhaps the unluckiest man to ever draw breath.This is a story about war and the impossibility of peace in some situation [...]

    14. Of Blood and Honey is a beautifully written, powerful book.The book is set in Northern Ireland in the 1970s, and follows the young adulthood of Liam Kelly Liam is a troubled young man whose father abandoned his mother when Liam was a baby.What Liam doesn t know is that his father isn t human.Liam is caught up in a police net around rioters the Troubles were in full swing at this time and taken to prison without trial While there, he learns things about himself that will change him forever.The bo [...]

    15. Excellent debut novel that combines the Sidhe and fallen angels with the gritty reality of life during the Troubles in 1970s Ireland Leicht does a terrific job with her characters and their relationships, which were all both intense and utterly believable Her protagonist Liam s struggle with his own darker impulses makes for compelling, gut wrenching reading after a certain scene in the book, I couldn t put it down I stayed up far too late telling myself just one chapterokay, just one until I [...]

    16. I absolutely loved this book Of Blood and Honey is one of those fantasy books that could also easily be enjoyed by fans of historical fiction as well The fantasy elements, while obvious, are fairly subtle which could allow this to be a good crossover novel for fiction fans who are a little adventurous Leicht s writing is, quite honestly, stunning The meticulous historical research mixed with an emotionally compelling plot work hand in hand to make this book unforgettable.At the end of the day, t [...]

    17. Not going to write a long review of this I ve commented about it extensively in other posts, most notably this one staffersmusings 2Long story short it s excellent, but suffers from some pretty serious pacing issues in the early going Fantastic finish and some truly poignant scenes throughout.

    18. Very impressive debut novel Even if Liam s continuous torment is almost to much to read about, I like very much how this book shows that speculative fiction can be incredible powerful and relevant in the world that we live in.

    19. I keep wanting to like this book than I do I like Urban Fantasy and I like historical fiction I think the problem is that it is so BLEAK Liam is not aware of his gift and so is unable to use it to his advantage when it would have helped He s not told the truth until something horrific occurs and then, we re 2 3 through I did enjoy the duality both the fey and the mortal worlds are at war.Over all, this is very well written and intricately plotted So please do not allow my review to put you off. [...]

    20. Re posted from theturnedbrain I finished this book a while ago, but I ve held off on writing a review on it Mostly because I was trying to figure out what I didn t like about it, because while it s clear to me that Stina Leicht s debut and I didn t connect, I can t for the life of me figure out why I think I can confidently say that the issue is between me and the book, and not with the book its self Blood and Honey has garnered itself a slew of positive reviews across the internet, many from so [...]

    21. At some point in reading this book, I wanted to give it five stars It s truly a great read I read so many wonderful reviews, but still I was reluctant to start the book because urban fantasy is rarely my thing There are basically two reasons for this 1 I ve read too much urban fantasy that was poorly written, and 2 I have a difficult time suspending disbelief where magic interacts with the contemporary world I prefer my heroes wielding either guns or swords, not both.I didn t have either problem [...]

    22. I didn t know what to expect going into this book I guess I was thinking Charles de Lint and so the first few pages I spent readjusting to both the lingo, the political climate of 1970 s Ireland, and a brutally honest and realistic story of a young man, Liam, wrongfully thrust into one of Ireland s most brutal prisons Long Kesh.In the Kesh, Liam undergoes a brutal experience that lets loose the darkness in him that is a legacy from his unknown father.Even when he is let out of the Kesh, he can t [...]

    23. All right I m pretty sure my opinion of this is going to be in the minority All over the Internets, reviewers are RAVING about this author s staggering, impressive, astounding debut novel and are even clamoring for award recognition.Why I ask.Ah, maybe because the historical details of Ireland s Time of Troubles against the backdrop of the bitter Protestant Catholic fighting are thorough and appear to be meticulously researched Or that the narrative is gritty and realistically bleak Or, perhaps [...]

    24. Of Blood and Honey is a raw, bitter and bloodthirsty book There is an undercurrent of brutal honesty which is hard to swallow, mostly because it talks openly about Northern Ireland and what it had to go through in the 1970s.On the other hand it has an early urban fantasy feel, so if you liked War for The Oaks you most assuredly will enjoy this book as well.The book follows the life and tribulations of young Irish guy, Liam He is half phouka and doesn t know about it as his human mother keeps his [...]

    25. The Troubles Here, in America, it is not too uncommon to find people who don t even know where Ireland is on a map Truly It s funny watching people read Swift s Modest Propsal and seeing that they believe Swift was serious Honestly, it makes me want to yell at them and I m not even Irish I just like U2, the Corrs, the Wildes, all those fair folk, Ballykissangel, The Hanging Gale ah, the McGanns and so on.And Guiness But I love Guiness, so that a different story.Anyway This book takes place durin [...]

    26. Of Blood and Honey is a nicely woven story of the Liam, a well intentioned but hot headed young Irish man during the times of Ireland s 1970 s troubles Without giving anything away, I can say there s good and evil, and there are monsters and heroes, but not in a swashbuckling high fantasy kind of way It s too steeped in modern history to be that straightforward, and, well, people are complicated.One thing that I really enjoy in a book is when I feel like I ve learned something real about my own [...]

    27. While I was reading I could not stop wondering Why is this book fantasy The main focus of the book are political religious conflicts that happened in 1970s in Ireland And the Liam s struggle with his inner monster could be looked as a metaphor of his struggling with accepting murdering of people The fact that his father is fey fantastic element are only background and I think book could go without them without loosing much of it s strength.The thing that bothered me the most while reading is how [...]

    28. All in all, Of Blood and Honey is a very character driven, emotionally charged, d but novel Liam is an intriguing character, very well realized and the focus of a story that could easily have gotten lost in further exploration of the historical context or the mythological themes of the novel Leicht keeps the plot tight, resulting in a novel stands on its own pretty well It reaches slightly rushed but satisfying conclusionFull Random Comments review

    29. Twitter review Fairies, angels, 1970s Irish politics compelling commentary on violence, healing, choice in stinaleicht s Of Blood Honey.______________I think my reading of this book suffered a little bit by my starting it at a conference and reading it in hotels and airports and on trains and planes however, I was definitely drawn into both the supernatural and historical conflicts Leicht describes I look forward to reading the sequel to learn about both and to see how Liam, the central charact [...]

    30. Excellent debut novel The setting of Northern Ireland in the 1970s was refreshingly different for an urban fantasy and the integration of the undercurrent of violence during the troubles, with the main protaganists coming to terms with his potentially violent nature was very well played Whilst dark and violent in places, this never spilled over into being gratuitous, and the characters were interesting and well developed.I look forward to reading from this author.

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