Song of Ireland

Song of Ireland

Book - 2006 | 1st ed.
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The Sons of Mil long held the dream of the Island of Destiny close to their hearts. A dream perhaps, but to these restless, adventuring people it was a shining emerald prize to be won by those who were brave or foolhardy enough to sail to the very ends of the known world.

For the Bard Amergin and his people that dream comes true. When they land safely on the shores of this enchanted isle, they know that they have won the favor of their gods. In joy, they begin to build their settlement. Soon it is clear that they are not alone in this green and pleasant l∧ their fellow inhabitants are the secretive Danu, a people who resonate power and mystery in abundance.

As Amergin negotiates with the Danu so that both peoples may peacefully share the island's wealth, he sees their beauty, their wisdom, and their love for the land. And one more thing.

Amergin's second sight shows him that the Danu are not human.

Publisher: New York : Forge Books, 2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765312433
0765312433
Branch Call Number: OSBOR
Characteristics: 336 p. : map.

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ausnos
Jul 26, 2018

As much as I love the Celts and their music, I know next to nothing about their folklore, legends, etc. What drew me to reading this book was the cover art. It is brilliant! Plus, I am partial to redhead women, so that would be another reason. I digress.

I really enjoyed Osborne-McKnight's ability to write in the first-person. It is not only immersive but flows better than her 3rd person voice. That is to say, when she wrote in the protagonist Amergin's voice, I found the novel to be a page turner...until she changed her voice. This was a big problem for me.

I strongly believe that when authors write they should maintain the voice that they started with.

The novel for me was good until the end of Chapter 12, Part 1. I really liked the characters Skena and Amergin, and you would know why it killed me once you finish Part 1.

The subsequent chapters just did not feel the same way for me, especially when Osborne-McKnight kept changing her style of voice.

I would love this story more if it was made into a film or graphic novel. So, if you can produce either please do it NOW! That is all.

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Peccant
Jul 02, 2011

I liked this book, all things considered. It was interesting and well-researched. Her explanations for the strangeness and variations within the tales of "little people" was something I honestly hadn't expected when I picked up this book. I still recommend it.

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Jul 26, 2018

ausnos thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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ausnos
Jul 26, 2018

Sexual Content: Some sexual scenes that go into detail. Use your discretion. It isn't pornographic though.

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