Review: Éire’s Captive Moon (Éire’s Viking #1) by Sandi Layne


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Summary: Éire’s Captive Moon, the first book of Sandi Layne’s Éire’s Viking Trilogy, brings you to the unsettled era of the early Viking raids along the coast of Éire – today’s Ireland.

A wounded refugee from the violent Viking raids on Éire’s coast is healed so well by Charis of Ragor that Agnarr captures the moon-pale woman for his own and takes her home to Nordweg to be his slave.

Also captured is Cowan, a warrior gifted with languages. He is drawn to the healer of Ragor and finds himself helpless before her. In more ways than one!

Through the winter, Charis plans a fitting vengenance upon her captor for the men he killed. She also prepares to return to Éire and the children she left behind.

But will her changing feelings interfere with these plans? When two men vie for her heart, will she give way before either – or both?

What Rhea thought:


What I loved most about this book is the research behind it. You could almost feel the amount of trouble that Sandi Layne has taken behind this book and that, to me as a reader, is absolutely heart-warming. What’s more is that you actually can feel the tension, the pain, the frustration Charis goes through in this book, as you read it. The scenery, the characters, the sheer plot of the story is just absolutely awesome.

Charis is married to Devin and Devlin, all of them in the small village of Ragor, which is raided by the vikingr Agnarr of Nordweg. The tension is almost palpable as Agnarr takes the Healer Charis to be his own trell and you can see how much Charis loathes the man that killed both her husbands.

She mourns the death of her men, she weeps for the safety of the village children she has left behind, she plans her revenge.

I’m going to be one of those people that say I wish she had chosen Agnarr instead of Cowan, in the end. Of course, this is not the end of Charis’s story, I know, but still. Aganrr had his faults, we all do, but he changed. He never once struck Charis though he had full rights to and that’s something considering what other vikings do with they’re slaves. There was little to no attraction that Charis had towards Cowan throughout the story, whereas when she poisoned Agnarr and his family and ran away, she was guilty. So the fact that Charis finally chose Cowan was a bit of a shocker but again, this is not the end.

Eire’s Viking, book two in The Viking Triology has definitely made it to my to-be-read list!

Final Verdict:  Nothing better than hot, ruthless vikings and sexy healers. ★★★★★

About the Author:

Award winning author of short Celtic fiction, Sandi Layne is the creator of the Éire’s Viking Trilogy, as well as works of contemporary Christian romance.

She began by self-publishing her novels in 2000, garnering a loyal group of readers whom she continues to appreciate to this day.

Married for more than twenty years to a very tolerant (and brilliant!) man, she has two sons, no pets, 
and a plethora of imaginary friends. Her interests range from ancient civilizations to science fiction for both reading and research. With degrees in English and Ministry, she also claims Theology’s crimson Masters collar which she has been known to don on rare occasions. 

If you drive by her window before dawn, it is likely she’ll have a light on for you. Or at the very least, she’ll be alert on Twitter. She invites you to visit her online space at


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