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Trapped on Earth since the fall of Lucifer, Prince Rioghan has left thousands of broken hearts in his wake, and he wants Lily’s to be the next. His father, the High King of Fairies, expects Rioghan to behave like the royal he is, but the challenge Lily presents is too inviting. Accustomed to living in her famous mother’s shadow, Lily guards her heart behind a prickly exter...more
Paperback, 212 pages
Published May 31st 2012 by Martin Sisters Publishing, LLC (first published June 28th 2009)
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I love it when an author mixes their own imagination and creativity with existing legends and history. Nothing draws me into a story quite like that. Jennifer McBay Barry weaves a lovely tale of friendship, adventure, and love here in The Kingdom, set in beautiful Ireland, a country steeped in magic and history,.
Rioghan and his father were angels barred from heaven, doomed to wander the earth for all of eternity with no way home. For thousands of years, Rioghan passed through time with no real m...more
A combination of mythology, The Bible, and an international love story that transcends time. WOW. Good book by a first-time author. I'd love to see it become a book series. It'd also make a good fantasy for movie or television.
MissHavoc {Cry Havoc! Reviews}
Well, this wasn't what I was expecting, though that turned out OK in the end. I was hoping for a paranormal romance with high Fae influence and lots of action and maybe even some unrequited love.

I'm not really sure why I thought that that's what The Kingdom was about.

What I did get was a great love story with just a bit of Fae and folklore in the beginning. There was just enough magic to keep me totally engrossed, and I finished reading it in one sitting. The ending however, well that's where al...more
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A wonderfully written story with so much to enjoy: romance, intrigue, mythology, and best of all, the hauntingly lovely setting of Ireland. Jen Barry intertwines ancient mythology with the modern day in an effortless way and just makes you want to keep reading. Some passages literally sent shivers down my spine, they were so beautiful. I've visited Ireland before and Jen's words took me right back to the rolling green hills.

The character of Rioghan had me hooked from the very first page, we trul...more
Kathie (katmom)
Read it fast...

then read it savor The Kingdom.

Rioghan...not what I pictured a Fairy Prince to be...but then he was!

His boredom was nearly palpable, until he met Lily...She certainly keeps him on his toes, and he needed that.

I love the way Jennifer explains fairies...where they came feels like it could be true.

There were a couple of twists and turns that caught me by surprise. That was great!

I've become quite fond of these characters...Now, I really want there to be anoth...more
Sandi Layne
A sprightly adventure of fantasy and romance! Barry writes a book that will keep you turning the pages, eager to reach the surprising conclusion. And it IS surprising! I daren't give anything away, here, but her spin on some popular mythology had me thinking, "No way. She WENT THERE!"

And indeed she did. :) I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the sequel!
I loved the imagery of Ireland and the mythical magic of the love story combined with the fun. This is the perfect book to read while on a plane or travelling, even sitting by a pool somewhere! An easy and delightful read, I can't wait for Book 2!!!
Interesting read! Loved the storyline...Lily and Rioghan are an adorable couple. Tir Na Nog...such an enchanting place. And the backdrop of Ireland - so beautiful, so lush and magical. Add in fairies...angels...who could ask for more!
What a fantastic book from a talented author. The storyline is great with a few twists and revelations that had me gasping. The way the author has woven both the real and mythical world is just brilliant! I can't wait for book 2!

Rioghan has been existing on earth for thousands of years, using his ‘God like’ looks to seduce a different woman every night, and leaving a trail of broken hearts along the way. He refuses to be what his father wants so does not live the life of the Prince he was ‘born’ to be. When he meets Lily; the daughter of a world class opera singer everything changes. Her prickly attitude and lack of interest in him, intrigues him making Rioghan pursue her all the more. Before long the pair fall hopeless...more
This book just wasn't for me. I'll post my review after bookclub.

Our first bookclub pick for the year was The Kingdom by Jennifer McBay Barry. It was touted to me as YA. I try not to be a YA snob, but I know that I am. It’s my job to be, so I was hesitant from the start since I had never heard of this book or the author. I heard it had to do with Ireland which always sucks me in, so I had hope!

Alas, it just wasn’t meant to be for me. I think there was promise in the premise. Until I had to lead...more
David Kirk
The Kingdom, by Jennifer M. Barry, is a magical love tale set in the beautiful scenery of Ireland. Characters and relationships are vividly developed within a mythological setting making this an exceptional story. Just enough historical elements are brought into the story to give it a realistic ground. The writing is superb.

In my view, the book excels in two areas. First, the author's knowledge of Irish mythology is impressive. Such comes out in the story. Second, the good/evil clash reminds me...more
Allison Blanchard
"The Kingdom" has made it to the top as one of my favorite young adult romances! Jennifer Barry brilliantly builds and grows the relationship between Rioghan and Lily. With paranormal elements and old Irish legends, Ms. Barry explores the romantic relationship of one immortal and one mortal. I loved being in Rioghan's mind and watching him fall hopelessly and desperately in love. I am already counting down to the release of the sequel to this brillant novel, "The Morning Star". Every young woman...more
I just gulped down "The Kingdom". What a great story!!! Trust me, I'm not a YA reader, I'm, a historical fiction and contemporary literature junkie, but barry's books are an absolute delight to read. I loved the characters in it, the humor and the mix of mythology, history and contemporary romance. Great, great job!
Barbara Black
Fast-paced and hated to get to the end if this book. The author is just as delightful as the book! Must read.
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Jennifer M. Barry knows she’s in trouble when people use her whole name, so just Jen is fine. In addition to writing and editing, she loves to drink coffee, consume entirely too much Cherry Garcia, laugh at herself on her blog, and watch live music. Jen lives in Nashville with her husband, Liam. They just bought their first house and are freaking out about taxes, redecorating, return on investment...more
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