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Too Long a Sacrifice Hardcover – January 1, 1984


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bluejay Books; signed, slipcased, limited edition (1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312944330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312944339
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,490,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By frumiousb VINE VOICE on November 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
Too Long a Sacrifice is a lovely little fantasy novel set in both the past and present of Ireland. Well-written, compelling and often surprising-- it deserves better than to be as forgotten as it seems to be today.

Maire ni Donnall and Tadgh MacNiall are husband and wife in ancient Ireland. They carry out their respective trades of healer and bard against a setting of battle, and a curious new religion called Christianity has just started to walk the land. When Maire is cursed by a woman she tries to help, they are pulled into the land of fairy and sleep away the passing of time in the fairy kingdom. When finally they emerge into the modern world, they find themselves separated and active on opposing sides of the Troubles that currently split Ireland. They must not only find each other, they must also find a way to heal the rift between the great powers and aid the troubled land.

I have held onto this book since the early 80s when I bought it, and on each re-reading I am glad that I did. Suitable for fans of romantic fantasy, fairy-based fantasy, and people interested in Irish myth. Good for young readers, although some adult situations and violence are implied. Find it if you can!
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By C. Knight on September 20, 2008
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This is one of my favorite pieces of fiction. It starts out in ancient Ireland with a likable couple and follows them through a curse into modern Ireland on opposing sides of the Catholic/Protestant war.

It begins a little straight forward with a staccato and simple style, but as the drama intensifies so does the poetry. With an impressive elegance modern warfare is weaved with Gaelic mythology and the drama lost lovers. This is a must have for any lover of the fantasy genre.
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