Reviewed in the United States on October 12, 2019
In 13th-century Ireland, a young female protagonist comes of age amid a breathlessly brutal narrative offset by unflinching faith...and love.
Reviewed in the United States on November 4, 2019
This is a wonderful start to an historical fiction series that I enjoyed very much. The characters are fully fledged and you empathize with the main character right from the start. The journey Eloise must take, both in personal maturity, family loyalty, and dealing with hardship and danger will keep you reading chapter to chapter. Beautifully researched. The authors knowledge of horses and mounted archery is just icing on the cake.ebrity, or other event? Be sure to announce it so everybody knows and gets excited about it.
Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2019
A reader realizes quite fast that this author has not only an in-depth command of the time period (13th Century Ireland), but also, great skill in description. Eloise, a teenage girl, is involved in a desperate struggle to survive war, hot-pursuit, and coming of age challenges. The author moves the action with true-to-life, gritty, prose describing archery, siege engines, castle defense, horse-back riding, and the mission to save family and friends. This is a work to be savored. As someone who loves historical fiction, this story immerses a reader into this period in a way that is entertaining and educational. Downright inspired writing. Looking forward to Book Two.
Reviewed in the United States on October 3, 2020
This story sings with the thrill of the chase, the shock of good and bad surprises, and the lyrical language of a master storyteller. The first chapter electrified my interest, opening with a daring solo hunt on horseback. The hunter aims to kill swift and mercifully. The stag crumples.
The story reveals the passionate wishes of seventeen-year-old princess of Dahlquin, in Connacht, Ireland. The main character, Princess Eloise, wants to attend university but in 1224 girls and women were rarely educated. Besides, her father the king, wants her to marry thus forging a strategic new alliance for the kingdom. All of these character interactions and action unrolls seamlessly.
Knights errant get lost in the Irish fog. The six warriors seek entrance to Connacht Castle. Their secret is barely guessed. Treachery sends Eloise on a desperate adventure, in which she must use her skills and mental agility to outwit foes and hazards.
“My characters speak with great urgency.”
And they do. They disagree and spar without being quarrelsome. They grate and grow on each other. Most of all their vivid individualism brings the novel to life in the best way, they live in readers’ minds and hearts. Unforgettable.
I enjoyed each chapter due to the original characters, intrigue, and plot surprises. Author, Anne Beggs gave her readers a tale for the ages. I can’t wait until book two in the series is released.
Reviewed in the United States on January 16, 2020
I really enjoyed reading Archers Grace because of it's setting, character development, themes, story craft, use of language, details about the time period, and so much more. Clearly the author has an intimate knowledge of the relationship of rider and horse which add much to the quality of the story about a time where horses were integral to daily life. The pace of Archer's Grace ebbed and flowed in a way that kept me deeply engaged. I look forward to reading the next book in this series!Have you opened a new location, redesigned your shop, or added a new product or service? Don't keep it to yourself, let folks know.
Reviewed in the United States on July 27, 2022
Made me laugh, made me cry, made me feel all the emotions. Captured the angst of being a 17yo female on the cusp of adulthood but still struggling with the emotional challenges of being a teenager. Can't wait for the next book!