23848096Butt effin all that’s what.

This was a bittersweet read for me.  I knew it was coming, but I had no idea what it’s effect on me would be.

An Irish Doctor in Love and at Sea is officially the tenth book in the Irish Country series by Patrick Taylor.  Here we revisit the town of Ballybucklebo, Kinky nee Kincaid, Barry Laverty, and the still newlywed Mr. and Mrs. O’Reilly as they deal with new upheavals in their loves.  Kinky is settling in to her new married life, Barry is dealing with his sweetheart Sue Nolan off for training or some such thing, while Fingal is faced with some troublesome truths of Kitty’s past; mostly that she met and fell in love with another man when she served in Spain.  A fact that only comes to light when she receives a letter that he had passed.

Fingal dealing with his own emotions when he discovered that Kitty loved another man is the main focus of this story, and I guess as a way to cope with it he begins to remember his past during the war when he lost his first wife Dierdre.

It is no secret that Fingal was married before, or that his first wife died in a bombing raid, but nothing else was really known about her, so this book puts a lot of questions to bed and like a few of the other ones the perspective flips between Fingal’s past and his present. And his past focused on his domestic life, or at least what was leading up to it as there were quite a few hoops Fingal needed to jump through before they could tie the knot and live as man and wife.  The interesting thing for me though was they tried for a baby before Fingal went off to war again after they were married, and that they succeeded.  So not only did Fingal lose his wife in the raid, he also lost his first -and turns out only- child.

That really threw me.  I don’t think anywhere else in the series what it mentioned her pregnancy or ever their attempts at conception before going off to war so that was quite the shock for me.  Otherwise it was a goo book and a lot of new information to take in, both for Fingal and Kitty.

But I think that’s it for the Irish Country series for now.  The next book is out, but only in hardcover so it will be a bit before you see it here.  In the meantime I think you know where I’m going…back to the Realms!  Finishing off Sandstorm by Christopher Rowe.

8869598The genasi control almost all of Calimshan for their djinn overlords—all but a few outposts like the floating Island of the Free, where escaped slaves from Calimport’s coliseum run their own brutal games. There, Cephas, a genasi with no memories of his past has spent his entire life fighting But one day a circus of misfits, lead by the crowlike Corvus Nightfeather appear and free Cephas—and for the first time Cephas can harness his inborn powers and control the stones and dirt beneath his feet.