Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,

January Books 6) Most Ancient Song (Gods of Ireland vol 1), by Casey Flynn

A tale of Nemedian settlers arriving to settle a beautiful green island in ancient times, and their encounters with both natural and supernatural allies and enemies (names like Dagda, Balor, Lir, Diancecht, etc are all thrown around with great energy). The emphasis on the good settlers and bad indigenous population made it feel more like a Western (or pulp sf) than a fantasy novel, though that is less true of the fact that the means and motivation of the supernatural characters, both good and bad, was not at all clear. A curious lack of geography - we really have no idea how big this island is meant to be. I don't think I'll bother with the sequel.
Tags: bookblog 2009, irish sf

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