Ræliksen (The Emerald Isle Trilogy, #1)
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Mara, the daughter of an Irish clansman, was raised to believe the men of the North are heathens - murderous pagans without a moral bone in their bodies. Despite warnings of the Northmen's raids, and the growing threat of another incursion, Mara is continually drawn to her favorite place - the River Shannon. Dægan Ræliksen, a wealthy chieftain from Norway's frozen fjords,...more
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Published July 30th 2010 by Turquoise Morning Press (first published 2008)
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Dahlia (yadkny)
Jan 09, 2011 Dahlia (yadkny) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Lovers
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A hauntingly beautiful tale that will stay with me for the rest of my life.

Dægan, a great warrior and chieftain, has decided it is time to settle down. Not only will this appease his mother, but if he finds an Irish bride this will appease the truce he has with an Irish king thereby keeping the land obtained for his people to live on. Dægan has fought in many wars, but he’s never fought for the love and safety of one woman. His patience, bravery, skills, faith, and heart will all be tested, but...more
Chandra
AUTHOR: Any “outstanding” historical fiction author always does their research. Author Renee Vincent did a superb job! She knows how to play on emotions and you “will” become a part of the book. She does not hit you with one (1) perilous situation, she keeps it coming and coming and coming. You cannot possibly put the book down.

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Book #1 of the Emerald Isle Trilogy. 10th Century. Northmen (Scandinavians) have started settling in Ireland. Daegan is known as a Northman (possibly Norseman)...more
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Honesty . . . Right?

That’s what one looks for in a review. Since honesty is what we are giving here, it’s safe to say that some reviews are much easier to write than others. So, still on my honesty kick here . . . I want to say, this review is NOT going to be an easy one to write.

Where to begin (taps chin).

Daegan Raeliksen, the stuff dreams are made of . . you know, the good dreams! On a mission to find a wife, who would ever turn him d...more
Mbondare
Apr 26, 2014 Mbondare rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: readers of historical romance
Wonderful story, lots of unexpected plot twists, left me crying at the end.
Paisley Kirkpatrick
Great read if you love vikings and all the history Renee Vincent has sprinkled throughout her story. Her characters are vibrant and carry the story well.
Mysti Parker
See the original review here: http://mystiparker.blogspot.com/2012/...

In a word: WOW.

I stumbled upon Renee Vincent quite by accident online, and after discovering she was a fellow Kentucky gal AND wrote historical romance, I had to purchase the first two books in her Emerald Isle Trilogy. It took a while for me to finally get to Book One in my reading list, and I'm so glad I did.

It had been a while since I'd read a historical romance, especially one set in 10th century Ireland. I can't claim to...more
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“Raeliksen” by Renee Vincent

Daegan's life changed when he layed eyes on the beautiful Mara, a King's daughter. He knew right then at first sight, that he was going to marry her. After hiding for some time and watching Mara from a distance, Daegan decides to make himself visible to her. Introductions take place, but right then therafter they are both spotted by an enemy ship. They now must hide before they are captured. Daegan knows what is important to him, and that is protecting Mara from harms...more
Sarah Ballance
I’ve always loved the familiar images of Ireland – the rolling greens, the castles, the fog and cliffs and lore – but I’ve never been there. Or I hadn’t, that is, until I picked up a copy of Renee Vincent’s RÆLIKSEN. From the first page, one thing was abundantly clear.

You don’t read RÆLIKSEN. You experience it.

Renee Vincent’s portrayal of 10th century Ireland is nothing short of stunning, but it’s the depth of the characterization that is so vivid, so enchanting. Dægan Ræliksen and the lovely Ma...more
Virginia Campbell
The powerful and moving love story of Daegan Raeliksen and his Lady Mara will resonate long after the last page is read. This is historical romantic fiction at its best, written by an author inspired by the legends and lure of ancient Ireland and Norway. Renee Vincent has brought to life a turbulent time in history when cultures collided and to the victor went the spoils! Only a love story as intense as "Raeliksen" could match the true passions and intrigue of tumultuous Ireland of Olde! Daegan...more
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“Raeliksen” by Renee Vincent

Daegan's life changed when he layed eyes on the beautiful Mara, a King's daughter. He knew right then at first sight, that he was going to marry her. After hiding for some time and watching Mara from a distance, Daegan decides to make himself visible to her. Introductions take place, but right then therafter they are both spotted by an enemy ship. They now must hide before they are captured. Daegan knows what is important to him, and that is protecting Mara from harms...more
Everalice
"I will wait for you. Forever and a day. I will wait for you."

Ceci est la profession de foi de Daegan Raeliksen, le héros éponyme de ce fantastique roman que je ne peux que vous conseiller de lire.
Que vous dire à cette heure, puisque, encore submergée par la beauté fulgurante de cette figure héroïque, j'ai bien du mal à rassembler mes idées de manière cohérente?

En ce début de 10ème siècle, en l'an 916, sur le terre d'Irlande, vikings et Celtes ne cohabitent pas. Ils se combattent. Sauf sur ce p...more
Regan Walker
Unique, Well-Told Viking Tale...But get the sequel for the end!

I love a good Viking story and sadly, too many publishers these days want only Regency or Victorian romances. But the Viking tales still call to me and I’m glad they are still being written. Here’s a new author who is giving us great stories. This one is superb.

Renee Vincent writes with lyrical prose. It's truly beautiful. And she tells a good tale with attention to historic detail that will satisfy lovers of historical romance. This...more
Nicole Laverdure
Stunning and captivating 5 stars! I give it 2 extra stars because it made me shed a tear! Voilà!
OMG I have just finished reading RAELIKSEN, first book of the Emerald Isle Trilogy written by Renee Vincent. When I read this touching story, I cried! I was overwhelmed with emotions! Lots of beautiful flowing words to describe the love that shared her two main characters. Ms. Vincent created a powerful love story combining Ireland and Norway's culture and ancient history. I fell in love with her main...more
Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks

I wanted to take a break and read for FUN... Every once in a while I like to go off the beaten path from all the reads I have promised to read and just grab something. I know Renee Vincent is not a new author, but she is new to me. After a little Twitter back and forth, I went to her website and checked out the blurbs for her historical series and decided I would give one a try. Only thing is, after reading the first one, Raeliksen and being left a crying mess, I had to jump right into Mac Liam...more
Trudy Miner
This is the first story of a trilogy and I read all three. This story takes place during the Viking invasions of Ireland and Mara, daughter of an ancient Irish chieftain, is saved from marauding invaders by Draegon who had come to Ireland in search of a wife. Himself, a Norseman, it was unlikely that they would end up together but through many life-threatening events they did. The story draws you in, keeps you there with its sweeping detail, its emotional content and believable characters. It be...more
Sara
I liked a lot of things about this book, and I would give it a solid 3.5 stars. The descriptions of the beauty of Ireland were fantastic, as well as the relationships between the Irish and the Viking invaders. The battle scenes toward the end were wonderfully descriptive, definitely some of the better ones I've read, and that's saying a lot because I love books about medieval warfare. That being said, the romance in this book was very simplistic to me, like romance lite. I didn't really feel the...more
Jei-Nhy
What a well written story! I enjoyed this novel from beginning to end. I thought the story moved a long at a decent pace and it had a little bit of everything. Though I'm a bit heartbroken over the ending, and it will take me awhile to try and move on to book two in the series, I would definitely add this to my bookshelf. Renee Vincent has done a fabulous job!
P.J. Roscoe
Well, this is embarrassing! I was happily reading it when my free kindle decided my time was up and it took it away! I was half way and totally absorbed in it once I found the time. The characters were believable and easy to imagine. I truly felt for both main characters and wanted to see how it ended for them. I will try and get this again to finish the story, but felt the author deserved a rating now.
Kim
I am not a Romance reader, but thanks to Renee Vincent, I won't automatically write- off HISTORICAL romance novels. This novel was extremely well researched and so detail- rich it is easy to picture oneself living in Ireland at the time of Norse occupation. I highly recommend it!
Mei
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Miriam Newman
One of the best books I have read. A must-read for lovers of the Viking era, particularly if they have an interest in the stories of the Vikings in Ireland. Not to be missed.
Melissa
This was a book that had me ohhing, ahhing, screaming, crying and getting downright ANGRY. And thats what a book is suppose to do right?! People need to read this Trilogy!!
Michelle Kelly
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Happy
It would of been great if it weren't so sad. I fell in love with the two main characters. I read all three in the trilogy and this one was my favorite except for the end.
Kristin
It was a good book but the ending killed it for me... I'm seriously still mad about the ending!
Chelle
It took me a while to warm up to this one, but wow. What a heartbreaker!
Kristal McKerrington
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Regan Walker
A well told Viking tale from Ireland...

Renee Vincent writes with lyrical prose. It's truly beautiful. And she tells a good story with attention to historic detail that will satisfy lovers of historical romance. It's a bit of an unusual Viking story in that there is no raid, no taking of women, none of that. No, our hero, Daigan Raeliksen, a wealthy merchant chieftain from Norway, is an honorable guy who makes his home in Ireland. It is there he first sees Mara, daughter of an Irish king, riding...more
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“And I cannot break the bonds of my word. Only you can release me from that promise. Say what you want from me, Mara. Say it, or I shall sooner die here in your arms waiting."
~Dægan Ræliksen”
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