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Maire (Fires of Gleannmara #1)

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  915 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
A fanciful, romantic tale of passion and faith that invites readers to the "God-graced mountains and plains" of Ireland. Maire, Gleannmara's warrior queen, finds her fierce heart is gentled when she takes a reformed mercenary -- a Christian, no less -- as hostage during a raid. At first she wonders what kind of God would make a fine warrior like Rowan of Emerys such a ...more
Paperback, 364 pages
Published August 11th 2000 by Multnomah Books (first published January 1st 2000)
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Margaret Chind
Sep 10, 2007 Margaret Chind rated it really liked it
This is a good strong Christian woman kicks butt type of book. A good one to read when you need to feel the strength of our female ancestors once again.
R.L. Syme
Jan 25, 2010 R.L. Syme rated it did not like it
Horrifying. That is my favorite word lately. I'm so glad to finally get to use it in a review.

Let's just say, if I perhaps would have skipped the Prologue, I might have had a better start on this book. But having an Island talking to me in an annoyingly folksy, patronizing voice turned me off right away. From then on, it was really hard for me to get into the book.

Was it cool to see a kick-butt heroine in a Christian book? Sure. If she was better-written, it would have been even better. And I wo
Jun 25, 2010 Zette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read too many books where the heroine is such a strong, dominant and almost manly character. If her personality were in any other setting, I don't think I would have been able to read the book and relate to the character. Because she was raised as the future queen, I could accept her demanding impatience and blunt, rude comments to everyone as what she was taught to be in order to rule her people. Linda Windsor did a good job at showing a softer, uncertain side to Maire's character ...more
Sep 04, 2011 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books which sat on my bookshelf for a long time. I'm not really into medievals or time periods even earlier (this is a5th century Ireland). Nor have I ever been an Irish buff. But I had just finished Jan Karon's Ireland book so this one sounded interesting. It took me a few chapters to get into the story, mainly because of an unlikeable heroine and the unfamiliarity with such an early period of Irish (and British Isles) history. But, Windsor is such a capable novelist that I ...more
Sep 11, 2011 Carly rated it liked it
Maire is a good book for those times you really crave a passionate but clean and moral love story. The heroine Maire is a fierce and strong woman, raised to be a warrior queen of Gleannmara, who has yet to learn what it is to be a woman. She takes Rowan as a willing captive husband (gasp at the romantic twist) after raiding his land, and together they fight to free Gleannmara from the druid who would take Maire's throne by forcing her to marry him.

While I wouldn't rate this as an amazing read, i
Angela Simmons
I picked this book up several years ago on a whim because the cover intrigued me. Unfortunately this was around the same time that I was moving so this book kind of got lost in the shuffle and ended up in the back of my bookcase. While going through my bookcase, I rediscovered this book and finally read it. I have to say that this was one my favorite books pertaining to this era. Linda Windsor seems to capture the spirit of this time and does a terrific job of transferring those feelings to the ...more
Jan 18, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story was great, however I am still stuck with the memory of Rowan talking about growing CORN in Ireland. WHAT?!?!?!?!? Oats or barley, yes, but CORN? um...
it's a great historical romance with a Christian bent... and it's also nice to read about a strong female character who is leading her people. Even though she is still young and inexperienced, she makes wise choices and seeks counsel often.

Despite its' flaws, I enjoyed Maire thoroughly! It had me squealing and laughing like a ten-year-old. Really recommended!
Whitney Hassell
Nov 21, 2012 Whitney Hassell rated it liked it
A little too dramatic for me, and while the subject matter is interesting, it's also uncommon enough to need more in-text explanation than is given.
Nov 27, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A compelling and well-written romance mixed with a story of the beginnings of Christianity in Ireland. A very nice historical fiction.

Readers should note that this story has a very prominent theme of romantic tension throughout. It is written very tastefully and truthfully but I still suggest that it is reserved for mature persons.
Oct 14, 2016 Beka rated it really liked it
Maire by Linda Windsor tells the tale of a Welsh man who is taken hostage and wed to the pagan queen Maire. He returns to Ireland with her to win back her homeland, and in time wins the heart of their people to Christ.

I usually expect historical romance fiction to be a bit cheesy and a time killer. Instead, I thought this book was amazingly interesting. There was romance, but it developed more naturally and wasn't overpowering to the actual plot and story. I found the Christian historical facts
Set in Fifth Century Ireland (aka Erin) this was a great story of love, hope, forgiveness, and hope.
Rowan, a Romano- British warrior, vows to put down his sword forever after the horror of his final battle, to serve the One God as a priest. But when his settlement is threatened by the invading Scotti, led by the young queen Maire, he has to make a difficult choice.

When he finally agrees to return with Maire and her tribe to Ireland as her captive husband, he must face his demons, and struggle wi
Aug 28, 2014 Gemma rated it it was amazing
Also posted on my blog at The Humble Book Nerd

A short review for a short book. I can count all the Christian fiction I’ve read on one hand, and Maire is hands-down the best. In fact, I’m actually going to keep a lookout for the other books in the series.

What does it have in its favor? Well, I’m a sucker for all things Irish, to start with, the medieval setting was right up my alley, the heroine was spirited and lively and the hero was noble and swoon-worth
Jul 30, 2014 Gloria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone; historical romance lovers; people who love stories about Ireland;
I read other reviews before reading the book and sometimes I have to agree. For instance, I don't know why corn was spoken of when wheat or barley would have been better for grain. Other times I don't - this was by no means a "porn" book, even if the scenes happened after they were married.

This is a story about a woman who is Queen of Gleannmara and making choices that she believes are best for her people. One of her advisors is druid Brude, who helped her in her lessons about ruling and politi
Kirsty Pearce
Aug 27, 2016 Kirsty Pearce rated it it was amazing
Linda's extraordinary talent for weaving words that is on par with something akin to L. M. Montgomery's work is on full display in this beautiful novel. Having a deep fascination for both Ireland and the medieval time period, the way Linda was able to bring this time, and wonderfully unique characters to life with her almost poetic, lyrical writing style completely captivated my imagination.

Maire's vulnerability and apprehension regarding dealing with matters of the heart for the first time rath
Sasha (whispersofthesilentwind)
Re-read Review to come (Feb. 8-9, 2016)
This was exactly how I remembered it. Great plot & awesome main characters.

I still loved Maire and Rowan. I found them to be super cute and compatible. I liked the faith element in this book and that it wasn't too over powering and preachy. The other characters could have been fleshed out better, Morlach and Rona. I thought the plot went a little fast but it was still good.
all and all this was a good book. I'm keeping the 4 star rating.

Original Review
Aug 06, 2014 Heather rated it it was amazing
Truly excellent. It's hard to find Christian lit in this genre that isn't too cheesy, or its message too forced, but this was neither of those. Its message strengthened as the characters did, and it had its moments, as all romance must, I suppose, of being cheesy. But overall it was excellent fiction that was written incredibly well. The author has a wonderful talent for expression, character development, pacing, and keeping you engrossed in the story, the characters, and their world. I also ...more
Oct 09, 2013 Mojoboy31 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, christian
Linda Windsor knows her way around an opening. Chapter one hooked me completely.

I didn't care so much for the first person, island prologue. Maybe it's just me, but whenever I see the funny spelled words to indicate an Irish accent, I hear pirate speak, lol; I can't help it.

But the opening of chapter one was something else.

I loved the parallels of the story of Joseph, and that the character actually used illustrations of Joseph in parts of the novel.

Rowan was a very interesting, and real charact
Jeni Enjaian
This was one of my favorite books ten years ago. I was a bit apprehensive picking it up again because so many old favorites have disappointed after a second read. (Most recently, the Kit Shannon Series)

This book did not leave me disappointed.

In fact, I can't think of anything that I did not like about it. (The reason that I did not give it five stars is because there was nothing absolutely spectacular about it. I save that fifth star for the really good ones.) I know that some might have hesitat
Jun 13, 2013 Amber rated it really liked it
Really liked this book! And the cover was beautiful as well. It did go along with the story. I loved the Christian theme in this book and how it really helped you learn what some things in the Bible mean. As well as showing you how people might act in certain situations. I liked learning about the history and having a glossary in the back. The characters were so fun to read about and the language cracked me up lots of times. I think it was neat and very different that the land where this story ...more
Apr 18, 2014 Melle rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: uber-Christians who fancy paganism but won't say so
I wanted to like this book and appreciate its aesthetics as a Christian romance in a setting with personal appeal to me as a reader, even though romances, faith-based fiction, and any combination thereof just isn't really my thing. It was okay and merited a two-star rating in that the main female showed some strength and independence and leadership in the beginning. Then things got eye-rollingly preachy and hyper-religious and turned me off as a reader, as a woman, as a feminist, and as a ...more
Sharon Connell
Oct 01, 2014 Sharon Connell rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys reading about old Ireland and/or in the 15th century
This book was a very enjoyable read. It was a bit hard to understand what was going on from time to time with the old Celtic words even though there was a Glossary at the back of the book (I also include a Glossary in my books). The problem was that not all the words were there. It would have been more enjoyable to read if the explanation was included after the word, at least the first time, or if the definition was in a footnote.

All in all, I would recommend this story as a very good one. And i
Jan 09, 2014 April rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read by Windsor but I plan on reading more! This is a delightful, imaginative and engrossing tale. Filled with drama, faith, history, action and romance it is sure to keep the pages flying. Our hero is swoon worthy but even more his character, faith and love inspire. The characters are well written and engaging. This was one of those stories that when you have to put it down it lingers on your mind and has you so eager to pick it back up again. I am only sad it is ...more
Oct 04, 2013 Kandra rated it liked it
Hmmm...well, I'm somewhere in the middle between the readers who love the book and those who were sickened by it, but I lean toward the former because of the Christian message of the book and the fact that the author kept it clean. The romance was nice...don't we all like a plot line when the heroine chooses her own husband and takes him hostage? It made for an interesting and unexpected twist, anyway. The whole Celtic druid thing was hard for me to get into, but that's just because I'm not a ...more
Diane Morgan
Sep 12, 2015 Diane Morgan rated it liked it
A tale set in Ireland, 5th century A.D., with good and evil, twists and turns, romance, faith, clans, druids, and warriors. Love my historical fiction - especially the well-researched variety. Windsor includes a nice, rather extensive bibliography for further reading, and to give weight to much of the story she has crafted for us. Some of the writing was a bit simplistic for my tastes, and there were a few inconsistencies in story line development, but overall this was an enjoyable summer read.
Leslie Rosenberg
Good and interesting

This book is very well written, definitely not boring, and interesting to say the least. I don't normally read books that have much religion in them, but I love historical fiction. So here we are. I like the stubbornness of both the main characters, and the plot they are involved in. I can't wait to read the next in the series and am excited to see what befallen the next heroine in this series!
Dec 30, 2012 Lorell rated it liked it
It's been awhile since I read story set in Ireland, and I'd never read one about the Celts before. It was interesting to have druids and pagans thrown in the mix, too. It all centers around the relationship between Maire (pronouced moy-ruh) and Rowan, and how the married each other to bring together their two warring clans. It also tells of Maire's converting to the Christian faith, too. Overall, it's a pretty good story, perhaps not my favorite but still a great read.
Aug 19, 2014 Kiersti rated it it was amazing
Beautifully told historical romance set in St. Patrick-era Ireland--I loved Rowan and Maire's story, and the way Linda Windsor so weaves through the historical dawning of Christianity among the Irish, really a beautiful example of using a people's culture to communicate the gospel and letting Jesus truly become their own.
Brooke Barenfanger
A wondrous adventure with a warrior queen and the man whom she marries. The story alludes heavily to the story of Joseph in the Bible. I enjoyed how Maire and Rowan fell in love slowly instead of all at once. When an author shows the reader how deep a relationship goes,it always lends depth to the book.
Nov 07, 2013 Jenna rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adore this book. It's one of my favorite Christian romances. One of the major reasons I love the book is because the characters are relatable in their faith. They aren't perfect. They struggle for understanding.

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Linda Windsor is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than thirty novels, with more than a million books in print. Her most recent work includes Healer and Thief, the first two volumes in the Brides of Alba series, and the early Irish Celtic Fires of Gleannmara trilogy.
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