There is no doubt about it; Ms. O’Quinn has done it again. She has added another success in her historical novel repertoire. Warrior, Ride Hard, book one of the Iron Warrior set, is a wonderful read that reckons back to the earliest days of Ireland. St. Patrick isn’t a saint yet, but is prominent in the book. I am not that familiar with the history of Ireland, but the story has the feel of a well-researched novel.
The story centers on Gristle and his relationship with two men who bring romance and life to his existence. The first of his men is Tristus, a young man that he saves from the hands of lonely outpost soldiers, and for eleven months they are friends and lovers. But Tristus disappears while at a festival, and Gristle assumes he ran away. This is not what happened, as you learn in the story, but we will leave it at that for the reader to discover.
The second man to come into Gristles life is Wynn, a young pony trainer who follows Gristle as he leads a group of people to found a new colony, and eventually becomes Gristle’s lover.
Trouble comes to Gristle’s mind when Tristus comes back into his life, but this is soon straightened as Tristus chooses to follow Patrick, and to remain friends with Tristus, but not lovers.
Although this is book one in a set, I think it is a stand-alone as well. There are no cliffhangers or unanswered questions to the book. It is as well written as it can be, with suspense, romance, and history. There were places that I had tears in my eyes. I hated that Tristus was separated from Gristle, and when you learn the reasons why, you feel for both of the characters. You feel the uncertainties of Wynn as he makes his decision to follow Gristle to the new lands. There is Druid magic and trickery, as well as the dangers and troubles of an England that was just abandoned by the Romans, therefore wild and unsettled.
I recommend this book to readers who like historical novels, romance novels, and lovers of m/m sex. It is a smooth, easy read, but full of fun and adventure for the reader. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Book Description Gristle—“tough and hard to swallow”—has rarely allowed anyone in his life to become close to him. One outstanding exception is Tristus, a man he saved ten years before from the urges of lonely soldiers. Tristus became his own lover for eleven months, and then he disappeared. Ten years later, the young pony trainer Wynn is smitten by Gristle’s looks and manner and follows him to his new home in Hibernia, where he becomes his lover. The stories of the three men interweave until at last they all three meet briefly in sacred Tara, home of the High King. Wynn is abducted by druids with sinister and lustful designs, and Tristus wants to follow the ministry of St. Patrick. Thus no sooner has Gristle found an old lover and a new one than they are all pulled apart by the one whom Gristle calls “the bitch goddess Fortuna.
Warrior, Ride Hard (The Iron Warrior #1) was last modified: June 19th, 2014 by GGR-Review