Being released today!

Summon the Queen
(The Revolutionary #2)

by Jodi McIsaac (Goodreads Author)
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Expected publication: January 17, 2017, by 47North
also available in paperback and audiobook


GoodReads Summary:


It may be impossible to alter the past,
 but Irish revolutionary Nora O’Reilly is determined to try. Armed with a relic given to her by the goddess Brigid and joined by immortal Irish warrior Fionn mac Cumhaill, Nora is hurled back through time to the sixteenth century. There Nora and Fionn seek the infamous pirate queen Granuaile—Grace O’Malley—the one woman who may be fierce enough to stop Queen Elizabeth I’s tyranny over the Irish people.

But finding Granuaile is no easy feat, and securing her help is tougher still. Nora and Fionn face enemies at every turn, risking capture, separation, and even death in their quest to save Ireland and finally put an end to the centuries-long curse that torments Fionn. But as Nora’s connection to Fionn grows stronger, her loyalties are tested: she may not be able to save both her country and the man she’s grown to love.

In Jodi McIsaac’s thrilling and heartbreaking sequel to Bury the Living, Nora will once again battle time, history, and her own intense desires in an attempt to rewrite the past—and to change the fate of all she holds dear.

My Review: 4 Stars
This is the second book in The Revolutionary series by Ms. McIsaac. Though I have not read the first book, Bury the Living, I had no real problems picking up the story and knowing what was going on. So, no, you don't need to have read the first book to understand the second one. I think it's mostly because the couple has now gone further back in time. So they are in a new place with all new problems and people.  Yes, this is a time travel romance. And the young lady just happens to speak passable Gaelic as they did at that time, some 300 years before her time.

There are some things that you just have to accept when you read time travel stories, to begin with. The fact of the time travel is the primary one, of course. The rest of it depends on how outrageous the author gets. For me, the fact that Nora spoke the Gaelic of 300 years ago was one of those things. Most languages change over time, but she was able to understand and be understood. And very few people made any fuss about the modern weapon she flourished about, or the handbag she carried it in.

I really liked the touch with the Irish wolfhound that accompanied Nora and Fionn on their adventures. The dog's name is Bran. Her story must be in the first book, or at least I hope it is. It looks like I'll be reading Bury the Living
so I can find out. If it's as good as the second book, I know I'll thoroughly enjoy it. Nora O'Reilly and Fionn mac Cumhaill are an outrageous couple who each has their own agenda, but somehow seem to get the job done while not really working together any more than absolutely necessary. I wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone who likes a lively book with or without the Gaelic.

Summon the Queen was provided to me by 47North and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review

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