Exiled in shame and wounded in battle, Caden O'Byrne accepts a mission to go into enemy territory to find his healer's long-lost daughter. At worst, he'll get his death wish. At best, this could be God's second chance. But the lovely, larcenous Sorcha will have no part of him, his God, or the rescue...until a murder forces them both to run for their lives. While Caden's rekindled faith is tested, Sorcha wonders if his God is real. Add to the mix a stargazing princess, a capable dwarf, a scheming witch, an improbably beautiful eel fisherman and you have the ingredients for a surprising, page-turning tale. King Arthur's Scotland comes alive in this addictive saga of intrigue, treachery, second chances, and the liberating power of love.
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My husband and I have enjoyed reading this second Brides of Alba book out loud together. We read Healer together and plan on reading Rebel together, as well. While my husband didn't have any issues with the pace of the story, I felt that the whole thing was some awesome pivotal scenes strung together with a lot of filler. There were too many times when we found it easy to put the book down and not come back to it for weeks or months. I also felt that the book was entirely too long; there was a lot of fluff that could have been left out. The roster of characters is head-spinning, but I did manage to keep most of them straight. I liked Sorcha very much, especially her gift of music and singing. Caden grows tremendously throughout the book, both in his faith and in his values. If you like histories of the early Christians or Arthurian fiction, you may want to try this series, starting with Healer.
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Review 2 for Thief - eBook
Date:April 3, 2012
As a sequel to "The Healer" I was not dissapointed! I loved every minute of the book, and am now only bummed that I have to wait for the third!
Where to begin . .Caden,Caden . .Caden. I seriously disliked the dude in the first book. ."i'm in love" with the character now. Linda Windsor knows how to draw you in en keep you there while glorifying God . .awesome . .can't wait for "Rebel"to come out next year!
This was in my top three books I've read so far this year...an amazing work of fiction. The story of Sorcha's search for her roots--who she is, where she belongs, and who she loves, drew me in and held me captive. The characters are beautifully drawn, the plot and dialogue never drag, and I loved the interaction between the variety of characters. Good action, adventure, and a glimpse into an era not often written about. I didn't know there was a "book 1" when I read this one, and while I did miss a little background and would recommend you DO read book 1, I still thoroughly enjoyed this one. I've read very little of this author's work in the past, but am now a die-hard fan. I bought the first book in this series and plan to read it and the one that comes after. I HIGHLY Recommend this series, this book and this author!!
Thief is the second book in the Brides of Alba series and was just as compelling as the first book, if not more so. Windsor has a way with words and culture that makes you feel a part of the setting so much that you are living in the fantasy world while you read her books. It's a great escape from the present day. Thief follows Caden, the brother from the first book who was cast out of history country for a number of reasons, the least of which was trying to kill his brother, the heir to the throne.
I loved watching Caden slowly transform from a selfish man who didn't see any hope for the future into someone who cared about others and was willing to risk life and limb to protect the people he loved most. Several surprises pop up in this book that I hadn't anticipated, making the story that much more intriguing. I love it when people are paired together in situations where both are strong willed and hard headed. The attraction Caden felt toward Sorcha just made the tension between then even more exciting. Sparks were flying everywhere.
As in the first book, the author drags several villains into the story who wreak serious havoc and make things worse than it seemed things could possibly get. However, when there is darkness the light shines that much brighter. Thief shows how good can overcome evil as long as faith is involved and one's trust is placed in God's hands rather than man's. I loved how Sorcha was never willing to give up without a fight and how God sometimes supplied supernatural intervention to help His people when they called on His name.
A beautifully written redemption story, Thief encompasses the faith journey of two strong-willed individuals who were both self-sufficient and determined to survive. After being betrayed by people bent on their destruction and sentenced to punishment despite their innocence, Caden and Sorcha learned to trust God for the future and were rewarded with something they never thought they would experience again... hope.
Linda Windsor has crafted an intriguing and spiritually satisfying novel that will keep readers hooked on the Brides of Alba series and longing for more.