In a land ruled by war and love and strange enchantments, Cuchulain torn between gentleness and violence, haunted by the croakings of a sinister raven fights for his honor and his homeland and discovers too late the trap that the gods have set for him in the fatal beauty of Deirdre and the brutal jealousy of King Conor.
Red Branch In a land ruled by war and love and strange enchantments Cuchulain torn between gentleness and violence haunted by the croakings of a sinister raven fights for his honor and his homeland and discove
Cuchulain, another sad, brave figure Irish history and folklore are full of them The legend of Cuchulain has come down through time, history and folklore as tale of courage and tragedy.Son of prophecy he will defend in single handed battled die young Cuchulain victim of his own vow, killer of his own son and at times a berserk er warrior.If you re interested look up the cattle raid of Cooley Again, folklore and history get badly entwined here along with the mythology But it s a great and touchin [...]
Re telling of the tales of the mythical Irish hero Cuchulain Historical fiction, except its myths not history being re wrote This book kept me captivated from beginning to end, I don t know if I ve ever got through a 500 page book as fast I got through this one.
The way I read has changed dramatically from when I was a teenager and child Our house was packed with books, and I read a lot, but mostly, I reread the books we had over and over again I didn t go after new books with an acquisitive air, adding to my repertoire only occasionally Don t get me wrong, I read a lot But a lot of that was rereading.Note The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, [...]
One of the best books I ve read this year and, of course, I choose to believe that it really happened Myth, legend, romance, war, magic, and the stories of Ireland What could you ask from a book
Oh, I loved this book I think about it all the time to this day I learned a lot about Irish history and about places in Ireland from this book I gained a love for all things Irish and Celtic which has never left me The hero of the story is fantastic.
Vivid and well described The author makes the fantastical elements of the story believable.
A fun Irish hero story Not terribly realistic or literary, but a fun read nevertheless There are worse ways to spend an afternoon than this.
Between having to return a library copy, waiting a bit to dig up a copy at the used bookstore and then misplacing it during a move, it took me a long time to read this great book I was glad I had time to read The Tain in between this book gave great perspective on the myth and added a human face to it, as well as giving a good reason why The Tain read as it did.
A good story put together with pieces of many different Irish folk tales heroes.
I think Morgan did a great job piecing together the scrolls and story of a number of stories of cuchulainn, into a seamless tale of a tragic hero.
First hardcover book I paid full price for back in 1989 I love Irish folklore and the ultimate character has to be Cuchalain Llewelyn does a great job of bringing him to life Keeping him real but not neglecting the legend.
Favorite book of all time.
The majority of this book gets a 5 star rating from me The last 50 pages get a 3 star rating read on to see what I mean I have tried to keep this spoiler free, but there are mentions of some plot points, using as general terms as possible.What Llywelyn does so incredibly well in this text is twofold Firstly, she has a knack for turning a phrase that is keener than any I ve encountered in recent memory Here you won t find the ongoing, extensive, paragraphs long passages of literary beauty seen in [...]
Magic is a talent carried in the blood and the spirit, but conversely, all those abilities that humans call talents are really forms of magic Poetry and healing and making music are simply observable expressions of the creative force that is magic One with a talent for magic can sense others so gifted, even if he or she never recognizes the common thread uniting them Sometimes the awareness comes strongly sometimes it departs unexpectedly, leaving a haze in the memory Yet each of you has encount [...]
There s just something about Ireland that strikes my fancy That isolated island of green, left relatively untouched by imperialism until the late medieval age An island of Celtic nations.A recent trip to the emerald isle of Hibernia colored my bias toward wanting to read the history of the place But I had no clue where to start, other than the genre of historical fiction fashioned recommendations, and I perused the offerings Time and again the name Morgan Llywelyn came up, buoyed by high overall [...]
Bridging the gap between physical and magical worlds, this is the story of ancient Ireland, when the land was still known as Erin and the gods dallied with the people on a regular basis A young boy named Setanta grows up in an isolated fort, the son of a soldier of Red Branch who spares no time for the child or his Otherworld touched wife Setanta yearns for his father s attention, to be taught the things a son should learn from his father Determined to prove that he his worthy of his father s lo [...]
2,000 years before Conan the Cimmerian drove his enemies before him and heard the lamentations of their women there was Cuchulain, perhaps the most famous figure of Irish myth The question of whether he existed is a thorny one Certainly his King, Conor Mac Nessa was a real person and certainly a King would have had a champion, a mighty one indeed to inspire the legends which surround Cuchulain Historicity is quickly relegated to an irrelevance in Morgan Llewelyn s retelling however, as this is a [...]
I did not finish this book I wanted to I wanted to love it because I have enjoyed so much the stories it is based on, and thought it would be great to read a fleshed out version Unfortunately there was very little flesh to be found It was kind of like one of those bad Bible movies where they don t let anyone say anything that wasn t directly in the Bible, so no one seems like a real person 108 pages in, I still felt like Cuchulain, Deirdre, and the rest were vibrant in the original stories, whi [...]
Un uomo crede ci che vuole crederepenso sia una frase che procedendo nella lettura della storia di Cuchulain, acquisisca sempre pi un profondo significato il libro mi piaciuto davvero molto sia nella storia che nello stile della narrazione ritmi serrati che coinvolgono il lettore facendogli domandare e ora che succeder e c da dire che non sono molti i libri che posso vantare una simile caratteristica mi sono commossa per Naisi e Deirdre e ho sperato fino all ultimo che la loro avventura avesse u [...]
There are no words for how much I love this book Llywelyn makes the reader feel as if they are part of the story with the imagery.
This book without stretching the truth one hair s breadth, changed my life and me forever as a writer and reader This book is what the term epic was coined for The characters for as fantastical as they are, become so real that you feel them passing through your life as you read You know them, feel them, mourn them and mourn along side them It is rousing, passionate, powerful and a true hero saga in every sense of the word Llywelyn s prose is incomperable and he Cuchulainn she gives us here is on [...]
The author is apparently a highly rated and successful one, and especially focused on authentic Irish historical novels This story is set slightly before B.C and so is a tale of long passed Irish bands with magic, kings, honor, and ancient Celtic traditions.The story is fine the birth of a young Irish warrior who eventually becomes a legend for his prowess Fighting this group and that, the book winds along for 550 pages.I began to lose interest after a climactic battle scene around 400 pages Aft [...]
I read this long ago but I recall being very impressed with it It s a retelling of the ancient Irish legend of Cuchulain in the form of a adventurous and emotionally intense novel You can loosely classify it as fantasy because a lot of aspects of the story are embellished or reinterpreted, but of course it still gives you the original story along with that I also like it how Llywelyn not only is a good story teller, but she also really cares about the legend, the ancient culture and customs, the [...]
The crazed bastard offspring of Shane McGowan, Gerry Adams and David Gemmel after a peyote binge Colourful and lyrical adaptation of the famous Celtic myth legend of the Hound of Ulster, Cuchulainn, amongst whose secret weapons is an erect penis the size of a chariot axle Don t be put off, though, this is a thoroughly enjoyable ride based on the Tain, a revered Celtic text, embellished though it may be, but still a very informative tale of Celtic Ireland.
this was the first book i read by this author, and they are all tales of ireland s history this story is of the perhaps mythical Cuchulainn, an irish folk hero, and the Red Branch warriors the classic folk tale The Brown Bull of Cooley is brought to life quite nicely, and Queen Maeve was certainly a woman to be reckoned with i couldn t tear my eyes away and this book led me to read almost every other by this author.
This was a book that I was required to read about 10 years ago in an undergraduate Folklore class I attempted to read the book several times before recently, but always managed to get sidetracked with other books so that, by the time I returned to it, I forgot all of the characters and story development Not this time I picked it up and thoroughly enjoyed it The ending could have been a little better, but I won t complain It had a raven in it And a bunch of swords.
This is the re telling of the legend of Cuchulain and his epic life and battles.The book is a bit long, but it is very interesting The characters are warriors and you can feel their strength and honor You can feel sorrow at their mistakes And the anger and manipulations of Maeve make her a brilliant foe.
I read this book back in 2003 before going to Ireland on vacation I have since bought the UK version On Raven s Wing and procured a hardcover for the shelf Llywelyn handles these ancient tales as if she was witness to Cuchulainn s life, deeds, battles, and death as if she were the Morrigan herself Great book.
Red Branch is based on Ireland s mythical warrior hero Cuchulain Though it is well written, and gave an amazing insight to Irish folklore, I resisted the temptation to go off on a tangent I love English literature, but decided, because of this book, not to travel to the Green Isle and immerse myself in yet another society Llywelyn is a fantastic
More wonderful Irish legends told as only Morgan Llewellyn can tell it Griping and engaging is this story of the King s champion known as Cuhulain I could hardly put this one down.Morgan Llewellyn is a very gifted writer I highly recommend any book written by her, even if I haven t read it yet.