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Review: Goddess Born by Kari Edgren

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Goddess Born  by Kari Edgren
Publishers: Carina Press
Published: May 29th, 2014
Pennsylvania, 1730

Selah Kilbrid keeps a dangerous secret: she has the power to heal.

A direct descendent of the Celtic goddess Brigid, it's Selah's sacred duty to help those in need. But as the last of the Goddess Born living in the New World, she learned from an early age to keep her supernatural abilities hidden. The Quaker community of Hopewell has always been welcoming, but there's no doubt they would see her hanged if her gift was revealed.

When a prominent minister threatens to try her with witchcraft unless she becomes his wife, Selah has only one hope--that her betrothed, a distant cousin from Ireland, arrives as planned. Marrying Samuel would keep her secret safe, preserve her sacred bloodline, and protect her from being charged as a witch.

But when news of Samuel's death reaches the Colonies, Selah is truly on her own. Terrified, she faces an impossible choice--forfeit her powers and marry the loathsome Nathan? Or find an imposter to pose as her husband and preserve her birthright?

Thanks to I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Kari Edgren for letting me read this early for the review. I was given a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

The cover is super awesome, I dig the colors and I like how they remind me of Brighid's Fire, which is the entire way that Selah can heal someone.

I really like this book, it was interesting and I really like how everything was paced out nicely. There was some mystery and the ending threw me. I definitely didn't think that the bad guy was who he actually was. It was sort of a Scooby-Doo moment when the mask comes off and you didn't see that coming.

I also really like the relationship that Henry and Selah have. They don't rush into things too quickly, they both have their secrets and the way their relationship starts off is reason enough to keep your secrets from a complete stranger.

Nathan made me want to strangle him, and I was sort of ticked off when he was saved at the end. I think Selah would have been better off to leave him, but knowing that he needed help she couldn't turn him away, a part of being Goddess Born - when someone asks for help she HAS to give it to them, or else she'd be cursed.

On goodreads this doesn't say it's part of a series, but I'm pretty sure we'll be seeing more. The book ends on a romantic cliffhanger, and I GUESS it could end where it did, but I highly doubt that it will. Henry is leaving for England and Selah is in tow, and I'm pretty sure we're going to need to find out what happens in England. I do!

This is a good book for anyone who likes historical paranormal romance. Not too much romance, but still, there are some sweet moments.

Excerpt 1 
I didn’t stop running until Brighmor was well out of view. With my heart pounding, I ducked out 
of sight behind a large oak tree to wait. A good ten minutes passed before my heart finally 
slowed, and I felt confident that Henry hadn’t followed me. Returning to the narrow pathway, I 
walked at a more leisurely pace, throwing the occasional furtive look over my shoulder as I went 
deeper and deeper into the woods to the manmade alcove that had been built right into the sidhe, 
or small earthen mound. 
 Years ago my grandparents had carved away enough dirt to stack large rocks three feet 
high, forming a wall in the shape of a half-moon. It measured about twelve feet from end to end 
with an arc deep enough to accommodate my full height if I were inclined to lie down. In the 
middle of the arc stood an altar, hewn from a piece of gray granite that had been sealed to the 
earth by my grandmother’s blood mixed with a handful of sacred dirt brought over from the Old 
World. Green and brown lichen grew on the stones, and dense foliage pushed up along the 
perimeter, ready to spill over into the clearing. 
 With the rock wall behind me, I knelt down at the altar and set the dried herbs on the 
smooth stone surface, charred black from countless fires. Finding the flint, I struck it repeatedly 
to release a shower of white sparks over the bundle. As it started to smolder, fragrances of 
cowslip, angelica, and goat’s rue rose up. With a long, deep breath, I pulled the smoke inside, 
letting it inundate my senses. Then I began to recite the ancient words in preparation to cross 
Brigid Buadach, Buaid na fine, Siur Rig nime, Nar in duine, 
Eslind luige, Lethan breo. Riar na n-oiged, Oibel ecnai, 
Ingen Dubthaig, Duine uallach, Brigid buadach, Brigid 
 The physical world began to waver. Keeping my voice to a low monotone, I repeated 
the Gaelic words. At the end of the third repetition, the trees and stones, the smoldering bundle, 
all flickered in and out of view, then disappeared altogether as my soul passed into to the 

For a moment, there was nothing more than thick gray mist and the memory of burning 
herbs. I stepped out of the mist into the warm sunlight at the edge of Brigid’s garden, free of the 
night and my body that remained kneeling at the altar. 

Kari EdgrenAuthor Kari Edgren Kari Edgren did not dream of becoming a writer. Instead, she dreamed of everything else and was often made to stay inside during kindergarten recess to practice her letters. Despite doting parents and a decent school system, Ms. Edgren managed to make it through elementary school having completed only one book cover to cover – The Box Car Children, which she read approximately forty-seven times. Things improved during high school, but not until she read Gabrielle Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude in college, did she truly understand the power of a book. Ms. Edgren aspires to be a Vulcan, a world-acclaimed opera singer, and two inches taller. She resides in the Pacific NW where she spends a great deal of time torturing her husband and children with strange food and random historical facts. Ms. Edgren hasn’t stopped dreaming, but has finally mastered her letters enough to put the stories on paper.

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