BN.com Gift Guide
Customer Reviews for

Flight of the Earls (Heirs of Ireland Series #1)

Average Rating 4
( 43 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(28)

4 Star

(6)

3 Star

(4)

2 Star

(1)

1 Star

(4)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

In his first novel in the Heirs of Ireland saga, Michael K. Rey

In his first novel in the Heirs of Ireland saga, Michael K. Reynolds presents an astounding detail of Irish immigrants in America and their unwavering determination in the midst of famine and shattered dreams. Claire, her brother Seamus, and family-friend, Pierce emba...
In his first novel in the Heirs of Ireland saga, Michael K. Reynolds presents an astounding detail of Irish immigrants in America and their unwavering determination in the midst of famine and shattered dreams. Claire, her brother Seamus, and family-friend, Pierce embark upon a journey to the land of plenty with hopes of relieving the hardships faced by family back home in Ireland only to be met with equal hardships in the new world, as well as the discovery of heart-wrenching family secrets. Reynolds has written a mesmerizing tale filled with remarkable characters and amazing historical details. He's certainly an author who has done his research and extremely well at that. I was immediately transported back in time with his vivid imagery and attention to detail. The sights, the sounds, the smells, and the raw emotions of the characters were brought to life and kept me reading until the wee hours of the morning. Flight of the Earls is a must for any fan of historical fiction and one that I highly recommend. I easily give this novel a FIVE! I'm eagerly awaiting the second installment of this series, In Golden Splendor, currently scheduled to be released this summer on July 15th, 2013.

posted by KimberlysBookshelf on January 5, 2013

Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review

Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

As a foul-smelling fog rolls in, Irish potato farmer Liam Hanley

As a foul-smelling fog rolls in, Irish potato farmer Liam Hanley senses disaster. Bitter with life's disappointments, he is saddled with a wife who, for two years, has been mad with grief over the loss of their youngest child, and with five other mouths to feed. He fe...
As a foul-smelling fog rolls in, Irish potato farmer Liam Hanley senses disaster. Bitter with life's disappointments, he is saddled with a wife who, for two years, has been mad with grief over the loss of their youngest child, and with five other mouths to feed. He feels that the weight of the world is on his shoulders and he can't stand any more misfortune.

This is the story of one family and a friend who strike out for America with the last of the family money to find a way to make a living, but it's so much more. It's the tale of the Irish who came in the 1800's, hoping for a land of opportunity, only to find that doors are shut in their faces and the opportunities are for others. Many of them ended up just as poor as they started out, only now they're in a foreign land, with no way to return home.

Many were taken advantage of on the journey, robbed by bandits and thieves, sick and dying of illness in steerage when they paid full fare for their passage, marked as fair game when they finally landed on shore and taken advantage of some more.

In this story, Clare Hanley and her brother Seamus, along with their friend Pierce Brady, leave Ireland during the Potato Famine to make their way to America. Along the way, there are many precarious situations and an interesting surprise when they follow instructions given by Madame O'Riley, a professional keener back in Ireland, to ask for a Patrick Feagles once they reach America. She also gives them a pendant that they are to show to him.

There are some definite twists to keep you reading, and a sad surprise nearer the end of the story. There's a bit of romance as well.

This novel kept my interest based on the history and the obviously impeccable research that went into it. When it came to the story, however, it fell a bit flat for me. Although there are lots of happenings, much of it felt flat and one-dimensional, maybe even superficial: "this is what happened", not a feeling of being involved as it was happening. At times the writing was also very "wordy", especially noticeable near the beginning of the novel. Example: "Davin rubbed the feral brown tufts of his hair." The word "feral" brings to mind ferocious, slavering beasts, definitely not hair. :)

This is billed as "Christian historical fiction", but I think it fits well into mainstream historical fiction. It is the first in a trilogy. I don't regret reading it; I did enjoy the history and some insights into subjects like the Irish Army of the Mexican Republic, where Irish soldiers switched sides to fight with Mexico against America, but I never truly connected enough to be curious about what happens next in the series.

QUOTES (from an eGalley; may be different in final copy):

Their voices emanated from the one-room, thatched-roof mud hovel where many of the Hanley ancestry were birthed with groans, raised in squalor, and died without distinction.

Liam struggled to console himself with the belief his life was too full of misfortune four God to strike him yet another blow.

BLOGGERS: Have you reviewed this book? If so, please feel free to leave a link to your review in the comments section; I will also add your link to the body of my review.

Writing: 3 out of 5 stars
Plot: 4 out of 5 stars
Characters: 3 out of 5 stars
Reading Immersion: 3 out 5 stars

BOOK RATING: 3.25 out of 5 stars

Sensitive Reader: Very mild and rare profanity

Book Club Recommendation: Maybe. For those that are interested in the historical aspects, yes.

posted by jewelknits on July 11, 2013

Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 review with 2 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    disappointing read

    Writing style that wanders into pretentiousness, without the content to back it up. Characters never really rang true, relationships were never convincingly developed, motivations were totally absent…and the romance was so unconvincing and without basis, it detracted from the historical details and imagery that could have been so much more interesting with real people to bring them to life.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 review with 2 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1