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Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite
Take a trip from the hot summer of Atlanta to the lush, cool, green land of Ireland. In Heir of Earth, we get to experience the beauty of Ireland though the eyes of Faye. Faye has always felt out of place, like she doesn't fit in and some of that is her own doing. Now she has the chance to travel to Ireland and spend the summer with her Aunt Rose and Uncle Phin. As soon as she arrives she feels reborn, that she can finally have a real life and maybe make friends again. Faye is an accomplished horsewoman. Her Uncle Phin was Ireland's greatest steeplechase jockey before his accident; now he runs a stable owned by the reclusive Dayne DeLancy. From the time she arrives, Faye feels called to Dayne, but doesn't understand why. As she experiences the summer, a local girl goes missing, Faye and Dayne are pulled together, and mysteries are unravelled. Rosemary Clair builds a tale of old Irish legends, of the Sidhe, and makes it fit into this modern story.
Heir of Earth by Rosemary Clair is filled with beauty and wonder. The descriptions of the Irish areas probably do not do them justice, but they are vivid enough that you can picture them around you as you read. Faye and Dayne captivate you from the beginning. Faye, partly because you feel a little sorry for her, but part of you wants to yell at her to stand up for herself. Rosemary Clair weaves the legends of the Sidhe, or fairies, into this story seamlessly. They just seem to belong with the area and the place. It all feels right. The book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger that has you begging for another book. This is a great story for young adults and adults alike. Although it is probably more a female story, it is a great read. If you have any interest in Ireland, then this needs to be on your to-read list.