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Lion of Ireland (Celtic World of Morgan Llywelyn) Paperback – March 6, 2002
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Somewhat disappointed by this book. It lacked the depth and character development of many of her other books. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chris M.
I am a proud Scandivian and a few years ago I took Viksing history and learned that they had invaded Ireland. So therefore my mother's Irish side is
Scandivian. Read more
Easy read stayed close the facts from history. Good story developed around all the important characters.Published 5 months ago by William J Powers
Great book. If you liked Princes of Ireland and Rebels of Ireland by Edward Rutherfurd, you'll love this book.Published 5 months ago by Thomas Owens