Monday, February 11, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: TO DANCE IN LIRADON by Adrienne Clarke


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Adrienne will be awarding winner's choice of a Kindle touch, Nook Simple Touch, or a $100 Apple gift card, and one crystal Faerie necklace similar to what Brigid wore to the Faerie ball to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.



Seventeen-year-old Brigid O'Flynn is an outcast. A chance encounter with the Faerie Queen left her tainted in the eyes of the villagers, who blame the Faerie for the village’s missing women and children. Desperate to win the village’s acceptance, Brigid agrees to marry her childhood friend: Serious, hardworking, Connell Mackenna. But when Connell disappears before their wedding, Brigid's hopes are shattered. Blamed for her fianc√©’s death, Brigid fears she will suffer the same fate as the other village outcasts, the mysterious Willow Women. Lured into Faerie by their inhuman lovers, and cast out weak and broken, the Willow Women spend their lives searching for the way back into Faerie. When Connell suddenly reappears, Brigid is overjoyed, but everything is not as it seems. Consumed by his desire for beauty and celebration, Connell abandons his responsibilities, and Brigid soon finds herself drawn into a passionate, dangerous world of two.

When Brigid discovers the truth behind Connell's transformation she’s forced to choose between two men and two worlds. Brigid’s struggle leads her into glittering, ruthless Faerie, where she must rescue her true love from a terrible sacrifice or lose him forever.
To Dance in Liradon is a true faerie tale--a beautiful tale of true love.

Brigid dreams of finding her true love--but has trouble seeing who he might be. Raised on her father's stories of true love, she knows there is something for her--but what is only revealed after much searching.

The tension builds throughout the story and the reader is pulled right along with Brigid as she learns the true meaning of love. Kudos to the author on a riveting first novel. I'll be keeping my eye out for more books by Ms. Clarke.

About the Author:
I think I became a writer because the world inside my head was so real and vivid, sometimes more so than the outside world. In some sense I have lived parallel lives, present in my real and imaginary lives in different ways. Because much of my childhood was spent searching for faeries or reading about them, it is natural that my work encompasses fairy tale themes and other magical elements. In the words of Tennessee Williams, forget reality, give me magic!

Adrienne has previously published short stories in The Storyteller, Beginnings Magazine, New Plains Review, and in the e-zines A Fly in Amber, Grim Graffiti, Les Bonnes Fees, The Altruist, The Devilfish Review, and Rose Red Review. Her short story, Falling was awarded second place in the 2008 Alice Munro short fiction contest. To Dance in Liradon is her first published novel.

An avid reader of fairy tales and other magical stories, a thread of the mysterious or unexpected runs through all of her work. When she’s not writing Adrienne can be found searching for faeries along with her daughters Callista and Juliet.

Find Adrienne online

Website: http://www.adrienneclarkewriter.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/ToDanceInLiradon
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6436251.Adrienne_Clarke
Twitter: https://twitter.com/clarkeadrienne

9 comments:

Adrienne Clarke said...

Thank you so much for the lovely review of To Dance in Liradon. I really appreciate it!

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting today.

Jessica Carroll said...

Are any of the characters in To Dance In Liradon based on anyone you know personally and if so do they know about it?

Ingeborg said...

Magical story, I can't wait to read it.

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Adrienne Clarke said...

Thank you for your visiting me today! To answer your question, Jessica, when I was writing the book I wasn't aware of basing any of the characters on someone I knew, but when I finished I realized that Connell possessed many of the same qualities as my husband.

MomJane said...

I love having a wonderful fairy tale for adults. It sounds awesome.

bn100 said...

I like fairy tales.

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Lyra L7 said...

The boo sounds wonderful.

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Mary Preston said...

Lovely to hear your thoughts thank you.

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