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Preview — Goddess Born by Kari Edgren
Selah Kilbrid keeps a dangerous secret: she has the power to heal.
A direct descendent of the Celtic goddess Brigid, it's Selah's sacred duty to help those in need. But as the last of the Goddess Born living in the New World, she learned from an early age to keep her supernatural abilities hidden. The Quaker community of Hopewell has always been welcoming, ...more
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To say that this book surprised me is an understatement. I love this book so so much! I was so sad when I have to read the end.. WHEN IS THE SECOND BOOK COMING OUT??!
I really don't know where to start. The Characters? They're all wonderful and very well written! The author made sure that the readers knows all characters very well by giving them back stories and enough dialogues. No characters were wasted. And I love being inside Selah's head. I ...more
There were so many good things in this book that it's difficult to give an overall impression of its merits other than to say that the writing "moved" me, ...more
Did you know that before 1750 witch-hunting was legally sanctioned? True story. Though the hunt tended to cause mass hysteria, it was deemed “A-ok!” in the eyes of law-enforcement as long as a witchcraft trail took place before any sort of sentence was passed down. As a result an estimated 40-60,000 executions were performed in Europe and North America between 1480 and 1750. A startling number. (Even when the worlds current population hovers somewhere ...more
THEME: Historical, Magic, Romance
It’s been a while since I’ve been easily sucked into a historical setting novel, but the magic, romance and intense pace had me hooked right from the start. This was Edgren’s debut novel and I’m so hoping the first in a series.
Goddess Born follows Selah Kilbrid who lives in a small Quaker community in 1730 Pennsylvania. She has been living with a secret that has been in her famil ...more
This review makes me happy! I'd stopped taking review requests, but when the opportunity came giving me the opportunity to review Goddess Born, I jumped on it. As one of the only NA fantasy books I've read, I'm enthralled. Plus, there is the concept of Brigid, a Celtic goddess, and we all know how much I enjoy this type of mythology.
Selah's story takes place in 1730, when any woman who appeared a bit odd was considered a witch. Selah ...more
The cover is super awesome, I dig the colors and I like how they remind me of Brighid's Fire, which is the entire way that Selah can heal someone.
I really like this book, it was interesting and I really like how everything was paced out nicely. There was some mystery and the ending threw me. I definitely didn't think that the bad guy ...more
A gifted healer, the blood of a Celtic goddess running through her veins enables Selah Kilbrid's talent. A talent that needs to be renewed by prayer and in secret. Persecution is a heartbeat away.
Hopewell, Pennsylvania 1730 and Selah is being pursued by the Quaker minister, Nathan Crowley. His regard for her turns sour when she refuses his suite. Despite knowing Selah is engaged to her cousin who's on his way from Ireland, Nathan threatens to expose her as a witch if she doesn't m ...more
I was looking for a change, needing a reset after reading so many contemporary romances lately. When the opportunity to read Goddess Born by Kari Edgren came across my email, I jumped at the chance. I happy to say I was pleasantly surprised. This suspenseful book was exactly what I needed, accusations of being a witch aren't taken lightly in 1730 Pennsylvania after all.
Selah, our female protagonist, is a direct descendant of a Celtic goddess. Selah finds herself in quite the predicament. He...more
From the blurb, I had pretty high expectations about Goddess Born. Not only that, it came highly recommended to me from a friend/colleague! So you could say Kari Edgren’s book had a lot to live up to. As it turns out, Goddess Born would far exceed my high expectations. The characters were excellent, the world-building was fantastic and Kari Edgren brought the early Colonies to life.
Pursued by a Quaker preacher, N ...more
First of all, Goddess Born is historical fiction, which is my favorite genre. There's just something about going back in time and reading about people living in simpler times, that draws me in. I love picturing the characters in the past. Historical fiction novels always feel deeper and more nuanced to me. I love that. Well, not only was Goddess Born historical fiction, it ...more
Oh, semi-Gothic novel, how I’ve missed you. I cut my romance teeth on the classics in Gothic novels – Bronte, Woodiwiss and the indomitable Victoria Holt. GODDESS BORN isn’t quite in those categories, but delightfully close enough. The fact that there’s a Celtic goddess in there is just icing on the cake.
I should say, though, that all Gothic aside, this one is firmly in the PG zone and all bodices stay firmly unripped.
That said, I truly loved GODDESS BORN ...more
So it’s safe to say that I pretty much loved everything about this book. I was completely caught off guard! I was expecting something more… teen, if that makes any sense. This is a book that can be enjoyed by teens and adults alike. The writing style is very much a mature historical fiction, though completely clean, without sex or bad language.
The story, at its core, isn’t overly complicated. Selah Kilbrid has some, shall we say, unique gifts that she is forced to hide. One of the risks ...more
Goddess Born had a nice mixture of historical fiction as well as supernatural and societal themes.
The main character, Selah, is a direct descendant of the Celtic goddess Brigid and has the power to heal.
Where she lives, they are very superstitious and find any oddities to be witchcraft. Since Selah is very different, naturally eyes fall onto her and suspicions arise,
Not to mention.... when her betrothed dies at sea, and a threat is made for her hand in marriage in exchange to kee ...more
Goddess Born is a historical romance with paranormal elements. It's a glimpse into what life was like for women in the years before the birth of our country, back when we were still colonies of England. Though Selah is an eighteen-year-old woman, she has very limited rights once her father dies. Selah must decide whether to marry a man she despises or risk losing everything, including her life.
Selah is a descendant of a Celtic ...more
I loved the idea that Selah was unable to deny healing to anyone who asked, even if it was to her own detriment. Combine that with the fact that she had to keep her powers a secret out of necessity, and that made for some very interesting situations.
I also thoroughly enjoyed the tangled web that Selah wove when she first thought up the deception of having Henry pose as Samuel. Henry wasn't some pushover, and he wasn't always on board with keeping up the pretense of being someone that he wasn't.
Selah was a good heroine. She was resilient, and determined to escape a fate that others would force on her. She wasn't the most memorable heroine, but I liked her fine.
Henry was the replacement husband and I thought he was wonderful. I wish we had gotten to see more of him, because he was oddly sparse for the first half of the plot a ...more
This has been a year in which I’ve discovered books dealing with historical Quakers engaging in activities that are against Quaker principles. Now Kari Edgren has asked me to contemplate 18th century ...more
The story was beautifully written and the character development was astounding. I truly haven’t enjoyed a book this much in a long time. Edgren is an author to stalk for future works of pure art.
I wait on baited breath ...more
GREAT plot!!! Loved this book! Set in the late 1600's in Pennsylvania this book had it all...witchcraft, romance, and mystery! Selah Kilbrid comes from a long line of "healers". Her grandmother and mother had both meet an early death...now attempts are being made on Selah's life. Why is this happening?! Now that Selah's father has dies all she has left is the staff from her families estate, Brighmor. Can she trust all of them with her secrets?! I loved the ending! Left the reade ...more
Goddess born is a magical historical romance. I was very pleasantly surprised by this book and I absolutely adored it. It combined the mass hysteria of the witch trials of the 1700′s with Celtic mythology to make one of the most engaging books I have read this year.
Selah is such a wonderful character with ethereal qualities. She is almost guileless and innocent of heart and never deserved being so persecuted.
The goddess born is a stunning début that is unforgettable. I really hope there are more ...more