- Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reissue edition (April 2, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0192728725
- ISBN-13: 978-0192728722
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.2 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,696,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Hounds of the Morrigan Paperback – April 2, 2009
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Look, I can rave about as many books as I read (and I will) but in the end, this book is my very favourite. It took ten years to write and is, quite frankly, brilliant.
It has (almost) everything that recommends a book to me. Warm, endearing protagonists (Pidge and Brigit are two of the most delightful heroes to grace children's literature), truly threatening bad guys, humour, suspense, scary bits, happy bits, bits that make your scalp tingle, and bits that make your heart sing. It's about friendship, and love, and courage, and good versus evil. It's about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. It's ostensibly a children's story, but is strengthened by some challenging concepts. Its length, which would normally be limiting, merely prolongs the absolute delight to be found in this book. The plot is engrossing, although slow moving to start off with and references to Irish mythology lend an air of familiarity to the story.
The true strength of the book though, lies in its characters. Everyone in this book has a story. Every character is fully dimensional. You can picture Puddeneen having his life made cheerfully miserable by Miss Fancy just as strongly as you can picture Brigit growing into a vibrant, intelligent young woman and Puddeneen is a talking frog. That is how well O'Shea does her job.
I could never understand why 'His Dark Materials' etc were any more popular than this truly marvellous book. I recommend it above all others. It's beautiful.
For the English Majors out there...even more so than the main characters, watch the bit parts. Every chapter is filled with people and animals who have their own purposes in the story, and each one is developed to the point that you just KNOW they have lives outside the bounds of their small, sometimes one-line parts...Highly recommended.
Pidge doesn't mean to unleash an evil serpent upon the world but that's just the way things go sometimes. After having purchased an old manuscript containing a trapped creature of evil within its pages, Pidge finds himself in the center of a great grand adventure. It seems that the evil Morrigan, a kind of malevolent goddess split into three bodies, wishes to devour the serpent Olc-Glass and add its power to her own. The only means of defeating her in this effort lie in finding a drop of the Morrigan's blood that will destroy both the serpent and her plans. With his five year old sister Brigit in tow, ten year old Pidge sets out to find the pebble of blood and escape the Morrigan's hounds that follow him at every turn.
High fantasy has never been so epic. Author Pat O'Shea is extraordinarily gifted as she describes the wonders and horrors that confront the siblings at every turn.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a Gaelic tale about two children, Pidge and Brigit who go on an adventure to find a stone with a drop of blood on it and an ulk glas. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Christine Meads
I have not gotten to read it yet, however the product was not as described and is barely staying together.Published 6 months ago by elle
Really don't care for the one-word descriptors they as to categorize the book into because it is a not a simple tale. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ishycat
A wonderful book that everyone should have and read. Literally fun for all ages.Published 9 months ago by Lisbeth Colley
I almost bought this one until I read what it eas about. Good Gods. By.a true Irish man who holds dear the myths and legends of Ireland and his ancestors would never have wriiten... Read morePublished 11 months ago by M. Oxley
Read this to my son when he was 8 or 9 and he's never forgotten this book. He loved it so much it fell apart and I just bought him another copy that he is in the middle of... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Linda A. Rich
Daughters name so had to give it a chance. she loved it she is a avid reader!!! and it helps if it is a great story and is a bout magic and thing like that. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Bill
This is an Irish rural fantasy in the tradition of storyteller Patricia Lynch.
A boy and girl buy an old book in a bookshop and begin to notice strange events and people. Read more