Atonement of Blood

Atonement of Blood

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Winter, 670 AD. King Colgu has invited the leading nobles and chieftains of his kingdom to a feast day. The gathering is interrupted by a religieux claiming that he has an important message for the King. Suddenly, the man, shouting 'Remember Liamuin!' stabs King Colgu. The assassin is slain but Colgu is on the verge of death. Who is Liamuin? It is a female name? Who is behind the assassination attempt? Colgu's lawyer sister, Fidelma of Cashel, and her companion, Brother Eadulf are charged with solving the mystery. They must journey into the territory of their arch-enemies, the Ui Fidgente, uncover the evil secrets in the dark, brooding Abbey of Mungairit, and venture into the threatening mountain fastness ruled by a godless tyrant. Danger and violence are their constant companions until the final devastating revelation.
Publisher: London : Headline, 2013.
ISBN: 9780755377534
Branch Call Number: TREMA
Characteristics: 338 pages : map ; 24 cm.

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DorisWaggoner
Sep 22, 2015

Sister Fidelma continues to please. In this outing, she and Eadulf struggle, as he wants to remain a monk, and her vocation as a scholar and sleuth seem to be taking her away from him and their son. Yet when her brother, the King, is stabbed, she is obligated to find out what happened and why. This long-running series is still a delight. Having just finished Thomas Cahill's "How the Irish Saved Civilization" helped me understand the background of these stories, though they certainly stand on their own.

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Nov 30, 2014

Don't forget, lady, in a conquered land, the defeat of its army leaves three armies in its place. An army of wounded and cripples; an army of mourners and haters; and an army of thieves and opportunists. Out of those three comes the growing resentment to seek atonement from the conquerors. An atonement in blood.

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