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(Fires of Gleannmara #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,079 ratings  ·  70 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
Aug 10, 2007 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.
I think I would've given this book a higher rating if I wasn't so hyped up for it. The synopsis completely drew me in and I was ready to love the book, but it honestly just fell a bit flat for me. I felt that there wasn't enough interaction between the two protagonists, so when they did have dialogue with each other, it felt a bit... awakward. However I think I might still try the second book depending on how I feel.

3 stars.
May 06, 2010 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 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
Aug 05, 2011 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,
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 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 O’Halek
Sep 29, 2012 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.
Lila Diller
This was a very interesting historical romance about 5th century Ireland, after St. Patrick brought Christianity but while there were still druids from the old order. Maire (pronounced Moy-ra) is a young warrior queen trying to prove her worth. Rowan is a Christian convert trying to reform from his past history of anger and lust. In a solo battle of champions, Rowan offers to be her hostage—and husband—to prevent bloodshed.

Although they are technically married by Maire's druid (not Rowan's
Carol Phelps
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Anasthasia Brache
Celtic Story

I really enjoyed this Celtic story. It transports you to another time and place. You meet a fierce woman who is a great warrior and the leader of her clan; and the would be priest that she takes as hostage and makes her husband. He goes willingly to keep peace between the clans. The developing story is one of finding the true God, peace and love. I loved it!
This was so lame I couldn't even finish it.
Apple Daddy
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
Highly recommend it to high schoolers and up. For the simple fact that its a lot harder to process.
Hannah Hofstatter
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm going to be very honest and say that I could not finish this book. I loved the characters and the storyline was good but the Author's writing style was just not for me. I'm sorry.
Jun 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting take on life on Erin's shores after St. Patrick.
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yes! Where to begin? To start with, this book is worth 10 stars! It's 1 of my all-time favorite books. Amusing banter between the two main characters made this a very fun read. I kinda forget who the villain was because the two of them were just so WOW. He had to sit down and eat popcorn because they took over the story.
Ramon Remires
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I prefer not to write a review in this case and in my star scale, I gave a high enough score.
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It gets a two because I liked reading about the traditions and land and times and culture of Ireland. But the story was really not worth my time.
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
Jan 18, 2012 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
May 21, 2012 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
Kirsty Pearce
Nov 20, 2015 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
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.

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Beka Passauer
Oct 03, 2016 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
Sep 10, 2013 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
Jul 16, 2014 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
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
May 04, 2012 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
Jul 26, 2010 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
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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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