Of Blood and Honey by Stina Leicht
At the very beginning of the year, Aidan Moher (whose blog I heartily recommend) posted his “Favourite Novels of 2011”—the top dog was Stina Leicht’s Of Blood and Honey, which I had never heard of. Being in Ireland when I read the post and having just completed a semester bursting with Irish history and literature, the premise seemed right up my alley, so I added it to my list. When it was briefly offered for free from Amazon (it’s a book-buying ban, not a book-reading ban!), I snatched it up and even let the professor who took us to Ireland know. I was pretty excited.