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Reviewed by Teresa Syms for Readers' Favorite
The King’s Prey: Saint Dymphna of Ireland, written by Susan Peek, delves deep into the lives of two estranged Irish Catholic brothers, Brioc and Turlough, in their heroic attempt to save the beautiful Princess Dymphna from her insane father, and his sinful desires. After the loss of the beloved queen, King Daemon’s mind and actions border on sheer lunacy. He believes he must marry his innocent daughter, and make her his bride. Brioc, his massive but fun-loving wolf-hound, Samthann, along with Father Gerebran, take up the monumental task of protecting the princess from the king at all costs. Brioc’s pregnant wife, Lynnie, is swept up in the turmoil that becomes their lives, of running and hiding from the king’s soldiers. Lynnie loses sight of Brioc’s love for her as she assumes he has fallen in love with Dymphna. Prayer, faith and trust in the saints, God and Heaven provide our heroes and heroines with divine guidance and intervention.
Susan Peek has written a beautiful story of faith in her non-stop action book, The King’s Prey: Saint Dymphna of Ireland. The reader is quickly swept into the lonely lives of Brioc and his older brother, Turlough. Feeling Brioc’s loneliness and pain at being abandoned by his brother at a young age, the reader is soon caught up in the incredible emotional adventure and escape of Princess Dymphna as Brioc, Father Gerebran, and Samthann attempt to save her from the king. This is a story that will hold readers’ attention from beginning to end. Everyone will relate to the emotions and feelings of the characters in this book. The unwavering faith that is portrayed inside these pages is a beautiful gift to the reader. The King’s Prey: Saint Dymphna of Ireland is a must-read for all ages.I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is very well written, with a great plot, and a beautiful outcome with many lessons to be shared.