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Released: July 2016
ISBN: 9781310151149
ASIN: B01G2OYL16
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LEGACY OF TRUTH
Series: Druid's Brooch Series, #2
Author: Christy Nicholas
Length: Full Length
Genre: Historical Fiction
Price: $5.99

Gifted with a magical brooch, passed down in her family for generations, Esme finds herself isolated and ill in an unfamiliar land.

Her sister plots to steal the family heirloom from her in order to exploit the magical powers for her own gain, and Esme must battle for survival of herself and those she loves.


 

Second place winner
Historical Fiction

2016 East Texas Writer's Guild
Book Awards

 

Nominee

Global Ebook Awards

Excerpt
Ardara, County Donegal, Ireland
March, 1787

Éamonn Doherty eased onto the old rocking chair beside the crackling fire. As soon as he settled, he was bombarded with children, clamoring eagerly for a story from Grandfa.

Well, it was his fault. Whenever he returned from his wanderings around the country, he would give them a story, a tale of Ireland’s past or his own.

The bairns settled onto the ground at his feet. There were Esme and Eithne, the twins, looking stark and thin with shocks of wild red hair and too many freckles to count.

“That’s my spot! I always sit there, Eithne, and you know it!”

Eithne looked at her sister and sniffed, saying nothing. She turned to Éamonn and blinked as if innocent.

Esme pushed at her sister, but Eithne was braced for it. She resisted the shove and looked back over her shoulder with disdain.

Fuming, Esme crossed her arms.

In the far corner, with her arms wrapped firmly around her knees, sat the youngest sister, wee Brighid. Everyone called her Bridey. Her solemn green eyes peered at him, owl-like. She must be about ten years old by now. And little Níaṁ wasn’t a sister, but a cousin, her parents having died of a fever. A brown wren, she was plump and sweet, still a toddler.

Éamonn would have preferred some grandsons to pass his stories to, but his son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Shona, had given him only granddaughters thus far. Still, he loved them dearly. His two other children were both dedicated to the church, so Brian was his last hope for grandsons. Éamonn looked at the girls and decided perhaps a story of a manly hero might do them for the night.

He fixed his eyes on wee Níaṁ until she giggled nervously. He tousled up his thick white hair until it looked like a lion and she laughed. Smiling, he began.

“Tonight our tale will begin with a hero of great fame, for who has never heard of Fionn Mac Cumhaill, leader of the Fianna, Warriors of Ireland?”

Timidly, Bridey raised her hand.

Interrupted, Éamonn cocked his head. “Yes, child? What is it, my dear?”

“I haven’t heard of him, Grandfa.”

Éamonn closed his eyes, reaching for patience. The children weren’t to know what a rhetorical question was.

“That’s all right, mo chuisle. I will be telling you now, so?”

The girl nodded and wrapped her hands more tightly around her knees until she was just a pair of feet, arms and a curly mass of red hair sparkling in the firelight. For a moment, Éamonn went back in time, to the memory of his dear, long-dead wife, Katie. She had hair such as that, wild and bright. The windows rattled as the wind outside picked up. The children all shifted uncomfortably.

What the reviewers are saying
The characters in this tale are written with depth and dimension . . . The scenery in the story is beautiful and one can see it in their mind’s eye, it is so eloquently described . . . The novel is poignant and cuts to the reader’s heart with its many tragedies that befall the players. This is the sequel to “Legacy of Hunger” but it works well as a standalone novel. ~
Belinda Wilson, InD'Tale Magazine

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Mythical Ireland
The author is congratulated for her extensive research. It forms an intriguing background for this fantasy novel that takes place in the late 1700s. The descriptions of the land, sea and changes in the weather are excellent. There are many moments of suspense around the stone circles where the reader is hooked by the ongoing drama.
The relationship between the twin sisters is complex and their fight to own the magical brooch makes the story exciting with the ongoing tension. ~ Phyllis Goodwin, Amazon

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Enthralling Historical Fiction
As a History buff and a lover of all things Irish, I had high expectations for Legacy of the Truth. I lived up to them and then some! Christy Nicholas does a great job with character development as they’re believable and the reader follows their growth throughout the story. In my opinion, this is always a sign of good character development, when they turn out to be different from what you imagined they were at the beginning of a book. As for the storyline, its pace might seem a bit slow for some readers but that wasn’t the case for me. I was so fascinated by the writer’s skillful descriptions that I felt like I had traveled in time and was strolling around beautiful Ireland. For a historical fiction novel, it can’t get much better than that, right? At the same time, the plot is realistic, extremely well-researched, and beautifully written. I recommend this book to readers who want to know more about Ireland’s rich History and folklore. ~Liz Gavin, Amazon

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Vivid writing rich with sensory detail
Vivid writing rich with sensory detail immerses the reader in Esme’s story. I particularly liked the scenes where she connects with the Fair Folk, source of the brooch’s power. If I have any complaint, it’s impatience to know more about the origin of the brooch and its intended purpose. Who created it? What was it made to do? Why is it attached to this particular family? I look forward to answers in future volumes. ~ S Hines, Amazon

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Good Reading
This is not a book for someone looking for a light read. The author has loaded up this story with a remarkable amount of historical details . . . I was fascinated by the tale, though, as I’m not overly knowledgeable about the time period in Ireland (like the fact that Catholics couldn’t buy land at one time, for instance). I really enjoyed the learning that went along with the plot. There was a very slight paranormal twist involving a magical brooch, but for the most part this is just really historical fiction . . . The author does a good job investing the reader in the characters, but I was surprised how my opinions of just who was “good” and who was “bad” changed as I turned the pages. So well done! . . . All in all a satisfying historical read. If they made history in school this interesting, everyone would pass with flying colors! ~ LAS Reviews, Amazon

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This is an entrancing tale of the mysteries of Ireland. I love Irish folklore. This book makes you feel as if you were there.
It awakens all the senses. I love the feeling of mystique. There is not a thing that I disliked from start to finish. I want more. ~ Marilyn Holkam, Amazon

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Captures your attention - wonderful writing
Historical fiction, when done right, is always a genre that I enjoy to read. I read the first book in this series and found it to great novel, full of rich details and history, blended seamlessly around a wonderful story with a magical twist. The second novel did not disappoint . . . The imagery and writing are rich and imaginative. You can imagine being on the wind swept hills, in the cottage, or in the stones. The pull of the magic is constant . . . This book is part romance, part fantasy and part history, but it is masterfully written and engaging. I did not wan to put it down at times, it really captured my imagination and my interest and I can't wait for what comes next. ~ L Ruetz, Amazon

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... is a book that fans of Historical Fiction will love
This is a book that fans of Historical Fiction will love. Christy Nichoals attention to detail is remarkable and she wonderfully crafts a story that feels like the world is authentic and the characters are genuine. The writing itself is vivid and engaging. The text is very easy to assimilate. Even if this is not your normal go-to genre for reading material you will not be disappointed by picking up this title. ~ Jason Pere, Amazon

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This book tells a great story. It is well set in the time
This book tells a great story. It is well set in the time period while keeping the fictional part well intacted. I thank Mrs. Nicholas for gifting me a free copy of the book. It is well worth the price here. ~ Ed Goffax, Amazon

 

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