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Fionn: Defence of Ráth Bládhma: The Fionn mac Cumhaill Series: Book One by [O'Sullivan, Brian]
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Book 1 of 3 in Fionn mac Cumhaill Series (3 Book Series)

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Review from 'Bookworm Blues' [Speculative Fiction/Fantasy Review Blog] 

"You know how some books come out of left field and just shock you? Well, this was one of those. If you're looking for an action/adventure fantasy that is different than the normal, look no further. This book has some welcome diversity, and a story that is absolutely unforgiving. This is a novel based on some ancient Irish text, and is full of myth and magic and I just loved it for that. The writing is tight and the book is well edited. I welcomed the strong female characters, the obvious twist on tropes, and the way the author genuinely owned the book he wrote. Some of the names were a bit of a mouthful to try and pronounce (even mentally) but that's not the author's fault, and as far as complaints go, that's not even one that's worth registering."


Review from 'The Quillery' [Speculative Fiction/Fantasy Review Blog]  

"Set in 193 AD Ireland, druid Bodhmall leads a clan of outcasts in a small rath (village) in a secluded valley of Glenn Ceo. I was certain that I wasn't going to enjoy either the setting or the story however I really enjoyed it. The characters were well developed, both realistic and interesting, the plot was gripping. It was however the prose that really made this book It was so very well written. Hats off to Brian O'Sullivan for telling this myth in a truly evocative way"

Review from 'Fantasy Literature' [Fantasy and Sc-Fi Review Blog] 

"Defence of Rath Bladhma is a hard-hitting tale of life in an ancient time, when life was harsh and uncertain. It is the first book by Brian O'Sullivan's Fionn mac Cumhaill Series based on the legend of the mythical Irish warrior hero Fionn mac Cumhaill. Defence of Rath Bladhma tells the first part of Fionn mac Cumhaill's story, the time before and immediately after his birth. O'Sullivan has added some imaginative twists to the original legend, including the relationship between his aunt Bodhmhall and Liath Luachra and has fleshed out these and others who were part of Fionn's early life to create complex and lifelike characters." 

Review from Goodreads Reviewer Ann O'Connor:

"The story is a modern take on the ancient Irish tale 'The Boyhood Adventures of Fionn', but it focuses very much on the initial stages of that particular tale. Fionn, himself, only appears as a newborn baby but his absence is more than made up for by the presence of two very strong female characters (the woman warrior Liath Luachra and the druidess Bodhmhall) and the hilariously complex warrior, Fiacail mac Codhna.

The pace is set early on when Fionn's pregnant Muirne Muncháem is travelling to the Ráth Bládhma of the title and has to defend herself against a wolf attack. After that the action and the tension never really stops as that settlement uses every trick at its disposal to defend itself against a fearsome cannibal horde and a kind of 'mind-controlling' druid, both of whom are trying to get their hands on the baby.

I really loved the complex relationship of the two main protagonists. This is touching and real but, at the same time, restrained and doesn't detract from the action and the various twists and turns. If you're looking for a book full of action but with realistic characters, this is highly recommended."

From the Author

When writing this particular novel I was keen to make it as authentic as possible, hence the use of Irish Gaelic for many of the place names, the names of many of the characters and also for some of the ancient Gaelic cultural concepts that don't translate as well into English. An audio pronunciation guide is available for these at my own website.

The 'Ráth Bládhma' of the title is named after 'ráth' which was a kind of ring-fort used in Ireland from the beginning of the last millennium and 'Bládhma' which is the Irish place name for the Slieve Bloom mountains - found close to the geographical centre of Ireland.

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  • File Size: 4417 KB
  • Print Length: 285 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Irish Imbas Books; 1 edition (February 18, 2014)
  • Publication Date: February 18, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IIXHX88
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
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