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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Pendraig Publishing; 1st edition (June 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982726333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982726334
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,951,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"... you won't want to put down until you have reached its satisfying conclusion. Hendrick weaves Celtic mythos and historical and adds the intriguing "what if..." to the mix."
--Lexington Literature Examiner - J. W. Coffey

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brickwall on July 9, 2010
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After "Uneasy Lies The Head," I was disappointed when this book was not a part of the Glastonbury Chronicles. Silly me thinking I could second guess the author. This volume is not a continuation to the predecessor but it is inextricably entwined with it. Set in about the second century (I could be wrong) it once again involves Celtic mysticism, characters out of Gaelic tradition, twinges of Pagan folklore and a wonderful adventure with a totally unique character in the forefront. But he has aspects that are, in my experience, unique to this book for the timeline.

While the occupying Roman legions continue to grind their sandle-clad heels into the native Celts, killing the Druids and raping the wives and daughters, an army arises to push back. With the aid of a traveling stranger, the warrior Queen Boudicca raises a collection of warring tribes to defend their land and spill the blood of the occupation forces. With the stranger, Dubhghall, in her corner she rallies a mighty army to march on the Roman strongholds.

At every step of Dubhghall's journey a new insight is gained into his own mysteries. With fully fleshed-out characters in well defined settings this book is a leap forward in the development of a writer whom I will follow to the end of this engrossing saga. Some writers just know how to catch your attention at the beginning and hold it all the way through until you regretfully close the cover on the last page. This, clearly is a writer for the future, whether the books take place in the future or the distant past.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kiltchecker on August 18, 2010
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Having read Uneasy Lies the Head by the same author I was really looking forward to the next book. Son of Air and Darkness is an amazing combination of Celtic mythology,history, Gods and Goddesses. I stayed up way too late to read it. I wish I could write like S P Hendrick does, then this would be a better review. Keep them coming!
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Son of Air and Darkness was the first of S.P. Hendricks books that I have read, but certainly will not be the last. Weaving history and mythology into a dark vampiric character set in the old world, I was engaged from the beginning. The tapestry of Celtic history and lore was a rich background to set a character that was molded by the Goddess Morrigan herself. There is a rich interplay of character development, as the story follows the historical path. S.P. Hendricks is a master of storytelling, as I truly enjoyed the following two books in this tale. Now to start on the highly regarded Glastonbury Chronicles.
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By Leslie A. Moore on September 28, 2011
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If you are a fan of simple prose and plots that seek only to entertain and not challenge you as a reader, then "Son of Air and Darkness' is not for you. However, if you are like me and love lush, complex prose that is to the mind like the finest chocolate or wine is to the palate, then you will savor this book as much as I did. S.P.'s skill with language and storytelling took me on an extraordinary journey through a world cleverly re-imagined, at once ancient Briton but an alternate version, where the Old Gods take an active part in shaping human history and where a young man at first glance looks to be just another vampire, but in fact is a very different creature altogether.

This book is the first of a series that follows the adventures of a young man named Dougal(not the Gaelic spelling, but I can't reproduce it here with any accuracy)who begins life as a mortal Celtic warrior-in-training, but who has a very interesting pedigree. He is the son of Lugh, the Celtic God of the Sun, among other things, and a mortal woman. Dougall has been marked since birth for a higher calling, service to The Morrigan, also known as the Queen of Air and Darkness. The Morrigan has great plans for humanity, at least those in the British Isles, and she needs an immortal liegeman to do her bidding. She makes Dougal immortal, which he sustains by drinking human blood, and sets him about his task as Her Hound, her faithful vassal.

Dougal's journey is as much about learning what it means to have unswerving faith in a higher power as it is about immortality and shaping human history. This a beautiful book, beautifully written. My only small quibble is that S.P. did not include a Celtic pronunciation guide as an appendix. The near indecipherable way Celtic words are rendered in English made for a bit of a stumbling block when reading, but not enough to detract in any way from my enjoyment of the story.
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Excellent read, thoroughly enjoyed this!
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