Seventeen-year-old Brigid O'Flynn is an outcast. A chance encounter with the Faerie Queen left her tainted in the eyes of the villagers, who blame the Faerie for the village’s missing women and children. Desperate to win the village’s acceptance, Brigid agrees to marry her childhood friend: Serious, hardworking, Connell Mackenna. But when Connell disappears before their wedding, Brigid's hopes are shattered. Blamed for her fiancé’s death, Brigid fears she will suffer the same fate as the other village outcasts, the mysterious Willow Women. Lured into Faerie by their inhuman lovers, and cast out weak and broken, the Willow Women spend their lives searching for the way back into Faerie. When Connell suddenly reappears, Brigid is overjoyed, but everything is not as it seems. Consumed by his desire for beauty and celebration, Connell abandons his responsibilities, and Brigid soon finds herself drawn into a passionate, dangerous world of two.
When Brigid discovers the truth behind Connell's transformation she’s forced to choose between two men and two worlds. Brigid’s struggle leads her into glittering, ruthless Faerie, where she must rescue her true love from a terrible sacrifice or lose him forever.
Author - Adrienne Clarke
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Posted by Rose on 7th Dec 2012
This is a beautifully-written story of love and deception set on the edges of the Faerie lands. Adrienne Clark knows how to spin a good yarn and how to craft a lovely sentence. Her prose is filled with gorgeous imagery that paints a beguiling picture for the reader. If you're looking for a faerie tale to transport you into another world, this is the book for you!
Posted by Catharine Leggett on 24th Oct 2012
Brigid O’Flynn is drawn to and torn by many kinds of love. To Dance in Liradon begins with Brigid’s passionate proclamation that she doesn’t love the man her mother wishes her to marry. She seeks the kind of love that will capture her heart, a pure and perfect love that will last a lifetime, a love that will hit the high notes and never falter. Does such love exist? And isn’t that, after all, what we all desire?
Mary O’Flynn wants her daughter to marry the steadfast, loyal and hardworking Connell, the miller of the village of Alainn Ross. He is the only villager who does not treat Brigid as an outcast due to her encounter with the enchanted forest’s Faerie Queen, which, the villagers believe, cast a hex on all their homes, leading to failed crops, missing babies and missing women.
The wise and ailing Mary relies on her daughter for her care, and warns Brigid to stay out of the woods near their home. But Brigid cannot resist frequent visits to the lush, enchanted forest where earthly duties all but vanish in a realm of hedonistic pleasure, where time takes on a new dimension.
She finally agrees to marry Connell. He travels to the Great Town to buy fabric for her wedding dress and does not return. She goes into the forest to search for Connell and finds him. He has transformed to the man of her dreams, the kind of man who will capture her heart forever. Now, he too engages in the magic of the forest and abandons his dreary and predictable ways of putting in a hard day’s work. The mill work goes neglected, the entire town of Alainn Ross suffers from a lack of grain, and Brigid is blamed once again.
Who wouldn’t be seduced by the forest’s spell, the beautiful visions, the most beautiful music ever heard, the opportunity to dance as if weightless without ever tiring? And who wouldn’t want their betrothed, once dull and predictable, to become an attentive romantic whose every gesture brings happiness? Would it matter if you chose the latter at the risk of hurting others?
Convincing lyrical writing draws us directly into Brigid’s character and has us passionately wanting the life of all-things-beautiful right along with her. Clarke deftly shapes a character so authentic, with moral dilemmas so real, the reader also agonizes over the choices she must make. At times we want to stop her as she falters, especially when she is unable to resist the addictive pull of the enchanted forest and the influence of the Fair Folk who reside there. As Brigid travels deeper into the forest and into the hidden centre of Liradon, she discovers its secrets and true nature, and she is faced with surprising and terrifying decisions.
The nature of love is examined from many angles: young love, mature love, idealized love, dangerous love, superficial love versus genuine love, love and sacrifice, the love of community, the love of family, and the love of self, which comes with experience and understanding. Love, it seems, knows no bounds, and least of all to the passionate and altogether human Brigid O’Flynn.
To Dance in Liradon is an engaging journey through the deceptive and potent world of the Fair Folk and the tormented soul of Brigid O’Flynn, who, chased by demons both internal and external, ultimately must struggle to see the real light of truth. The final chapter, visual, captivating and shocking, haunts long after the story ends. Never predictable, To Dance in Liradon, is a must read.
Posted by LP on 22nd Oct 2012
This is a great book. It's been ages since I read a story so imaginative, unpredictable, and engaging - nothing is quite as it seems. I couldn't put it down, and you won't want too either.
Posted by Roger Prasad on 2nd Oct 2012
A thoroughly enjoyable read, I could not put “To Dance in Liradon” down! The author has weaved an enchanting story, full of rich descriptions, well fleshed out characters, and intriguing mythology. I highly recommend this book, and can’t wait for more from the author!
Posted by Unknown on 1st Oct 2012
I picked up "To Dance in Liradon", and I was caught up in it from the first page. The story is intriguing and solidly written, the characters are well developed, the descriptions are beautiful, and the Faerie mythology is fascinating. I was propped up in bed, reading well into the night - I just could not put it down! I highly recommend "To Dance in Liradon", and I can't wait for more from the author.