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Lion of Ireland (Celtic World of Morgan Llywelyn) Paperback – March 6, 2002

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Book 1 of 2 in the Brian Boru Series

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“A royal read . . . without a misstep and with touching beauty.” ―The Washington Post

“Llywelyn has woven the historical tales of her country and its greatest High King into a single magnificent book . . . . This is an extraordinary biography of a very human man . . . with convincing characters and vivid, detailed descriptions.” ―The Dallas Morning News

“A rousing story . . . . Something to enjoy on a cold night by the fireplace with your goblet of mead or strong ale.” ―Sunday Boston Globe

About the Author

Since 1980 Morgan Llywelyn has created an entire body of work chronicling the Celts and Ireland, from the earliest times to the present day. her critically acclaimed novels, both of history and of mythology, have been translated into many languages. She is an Irish citizen and lives in Dublin.

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Product Details

  • Series: Celtic World of Morgan Llywelyn (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (March 6, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765302578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765302571
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Barton Breen VINE VOICE on April 29, 2006
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Morgan Llywelyn has done a fantastic job in this novel. She does outstanding research and builds a framework that will have you walk away from this book having a very good understanding of the history of Ireland in terms of its small kingdoms constantly warring with each other to where outside invaders can waltz in and mop up. The greatest king who accomplished what no other could was Brian Boru, Ard Ri (High King) and unfortunately his descendents proved incapable of maintaining what was created. If history had been different then, perhaps today's situation and recent past of continued fighting and occupation would have been different.

If that was all there was to offer in this situation, however, then Llywelyn's book would not stand out from much of the common fare in historical fiction. Far too often, characters are developed but left somewhat lacking and no real story develops and stands out.

This is not the case here. The characters are rich and personal and capture the spirit of the ages in a way that few historical fictional works ever do.

Llywelywn explores the conflict between druidic and Christian culture and religion and personifies it within her characters to where the discerning reader will pick up a lot that is caught more than told.

Be aware that some of the scenes are fairly adult in nature. It is not gratuitous. It does add to the story line, but some readers with sensitivities in this area will want to know that in advance.

Overall an excellent read with much to recommend it!
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I picked up this book knowing nothing about Irish history and going on a single recommendation. I am so glad I picked up because I couldn't put it down, it is easily one of the most engaging books I have ever read. Llywelyn seamlessly combines the heat of battle with the passion of love for women and country. A great read even for folks with no knowledge of Irish history. I highly recommend!
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Once again Morgan Llywelyn has written a wonderful book. This time she brings you back to the time of Brian Boru, one of the great kings of ancient Ireland.
As with many of her books Morgan has spent a lot of time researching her subject before writing the book. This historically accurate book gives you a glimpse of what life in ancient Ireland was like.
It left me craving more and dreaming of my heritage.
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By A Customer on February 18, 1998
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Lion of Ireland is one of the best books I've ever read; and for the record, I'm not one of those guys who makes that statement when the only other nominees are The Catcher in the Rye and The Cat in the Hat. I read voraciously, averaging a book a week, and this novel gripped and inspired me like few others since my childhood Rauld Dahls. Each chapter is full of well-drawn, 3-Dimensional characters, dramatic (and rarely corny) dialogue, and breathtaking, illistrative battle scenes. It doesn't do much good to keep throwing out superlatives, but I don't know how else to get you to read it. If you're one of those puritans, don't be put off by the smutty back cover. You owe it to yourself to pick up the most gripping royal adventure since Henry V. (Lion of Ireland would make an instant classic of a movie, but I fear that the uneducated public would simply see it as a "Braveheart rip-off". Not quite. Brian came first, and Brian won!)
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The story starts out with the all powerful, all conquering, Norse attacking the peaceful, sleeping seat of the then relatively unknown and insignificant Dalcassian Clan. The Northmen loot and burn without fear of reprisal. It is a fatal mistake for Norse interests in Ireland. They have made an enemy of a small boy with great dreams.
His name is Brian mac Cennedi and he will become the last true High King of Ireland. He will unite his land as no one has done before or since and extract a terrible toll of vengeance from his Viking enemies. The small boy grows up to become the great Boru. A true larger than life hero straight from the pages of history. A good king with an unquenchable lust for life, a keen and prescient sense of justice, and battle rage that even the fearless Norse and Danes recoiled from. Boru is, for my money, the greatest hero of all time.
Read this book and compare Boru to any of the heroes of mythology. They will not stand a chance! If you want to feel passion, read this book. If you want to walk in the shoes of greatness for once in your life, read this book. I read it twice and I can't wait to read it again someday.
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I read this book (the first time, at least) when I was 15. I agree, some of the content may not be appropriate for adolescents. However, the message the book gave me has changed my life for the better. In Brian, I saw the power of dreaming big, of not forgetting and to never stop persuing your dreams. It opened my eyes and the world became a much more exciting, magical place - much like the wonderful places Llywelyn describes in her books. All of her books are moving, and often leave you shaken and begging for more - but this one contains so many powerful lessons wrapped up in an engrossing, epic, and mostly true story! If you havent read it yet, you are truly missing out.
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