Book Review: A Chieftain’s Wife by Leigh Ann Edwards

As Alainn and Killian O’Brien begin their married life together, Alainn encounters many new and unexpected challenges. Stricken by the disturbing, reoccurring vision of Killian’s death, she desperately seeks a way to prevent it from happening. In hope of providing a normal life for their unborn child Alainn turns from her own magical abilities, but soon realizes that doing so may endanger everyone she cares for. 

Set in 16th century Ireland, A Chieftain’s Wife continues the captivating story of Alainn and Killian’s passionate love. Past indiscretions, deep jealousy, a vindictive witch, and tragic hardships all threaten to disrupt Killian and Alainn’s happiness and future together.

From Netgalley in exchange for a review.

This is the 4th in the series, the 1st I have read, and unfortunately it suffers from what I hate the most about series books – the “here’s what happened in previous books” info dump, especially in the first few chapters. It does get a little better later on in the book – the curse on Killian’s family regarding the birth of healthy children was alluded to well enough to make me consider going back to perhaps reading previous books. Unfortunately, the damage had already been done – why read a previous book, if you’ve already told me everything I need to know in this book?

Anyway Killian and Alainn are newly married, Alainn is 7 months pregnant, and the two are as horny for each other as ever and continue to regularly have sex, with little apparent concern for the welfare of the baby. In fact, sex is the main way that Alainn keeps Killian in check – when she’s angry or jealous, she bans him from her room in order to punish him.  She is supremely jealous of Ciara, a previous lover of Killian, who comes to live in the castle when Ciara’s husband dies. However, Alainn also seems to be oblivious to the young Danhoul’s attentiveness and how it, in turn, makes Killian jealous.

Besides all this, there is a darkness hanging over Castle O’Donnel – animals have been spelled to threaten Alainn at every opportunity; Ciara – apart from being one of Killian’s previous lovers – seems to be dabbling in dark magic which includes causing distress to animals; someone has tried to induce the birth of the baby early by spoiling Alainn’s food.  Alainn is also trying to suppress her magical talents, that includes visions and weather control.  Having had a vision of her husband’s death at the hands of the English, she also manages to do time travel, and transport herself across half the country.  In doing so, it kicks off a chain of events that consume the last third of the book, and sets up the story for the next book in the series.

In summary then, this is book 4 of a 6 book series, full of witchcraft and high drama, seemingly impossible tasks completed with a wave of a hand. Due to the “issues” mentioned before, this is not my style of story, and I will not be looking for others in the series. Based on other reviews out there, others seem to enjoy it, so each to their own.

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