Inish Clare

Cursed by haunting visions of Ireland’s notorious pirate queen, nineteen-year-old Maeve O’Malley returns to Ireland with medieval relics that hold the power to restore peace to her lost clan.

Maeve must race to prove her clan’s rights to the land and its treasures before an ancient pact soon expires. If only she knew who to trust with the centuries-old secrets before time-honored Brehon Law hands everything over to her enemy.

Murderous rival clans and warrior chieftain’s challenge Maeve while her unforgettable, charming ex, Rory, now chieftain to his own clan, continues to complicate her mission and her reunion with her passionate, destiny-bound protector, Paul.

Finding the elusive final resting place of the pirate queen is critical if Maeve is to accomplish her quest of returning balance to her clan, before it’s too late. Will she have what it takes to be a true warrior?

First let me say you need to read the first book, Bohermore, before this one or you will be lost and without proper context of how this story unfolds. Let’s say you have and are curious should you read the next volume?

If you enjoyed the first then YES!

Just like Bohermore we are treated to a story that runs fast but still manages to provide beautifully developed characters and a detailed storyline so you don’t get six chapters in and still feel unsure as to what you are reading. That happened on 2 previous novels I just finished so this was a breath of fresh air.

I wouldn’t even say you need a lot of familiarity with the Irish legend of the Great Pirate Queen thanks to McMahon doing such a wonderful job of filling in the details within her story. Knowing about Grace O’Malley certainly will add to the enjoyment but it’s not required. Maybe her novels will encourage you to do a bit of research on your own. Having grown up revering O’Malley as a hero I was glad to see her life treated with respect and given a place of honor as such a strong woman deserves. It was a pleasant feeling to not have one of my country’s great mythic heroes written about properly instead of having her story used as fodder for crap – can you tell that’s happened a time or two and the irritation has not worn off?

The journey through the Irish countryside is so beautiful it’ll be hard to pull away so you could easily find yourself finishing this in one afternoon without breaks. The romance, action, danger, and sense of loyalty are so adeptly written you become part of the story while the world around you melts away; nothing is more important than Maeve and the choices she makes. There’s a curse! Who doesn’t love reading about curses, can it be broken, will she break it and what will she have to lose or gain in the process? McMahon will make you obsessed with finding out.


Thank you to Netgalley and City Owl Press for allowing me to review this!

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*synopsis and image from Netgalley

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