Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,

June Books 24) Irish Magic II

A collection of four fantasy romance novellas set in Ireland, by Morgan Llewellyn and three other authors I hadn't heard of, Barbara Samuel, Susan Wiggs and Roberta Gellis. I shall not identify the author who named her female lead Ciarann (which I have never encountered as a woman's name) and consistently spells Samhain with the 'h' and 'm' reversed. I will, however, give good marks to Roberta Gellis, whose "Bride Price" is the longest of the four stories and wrenches the story of Findabair and Fráech from the Táin Bó Cuailnge subplot and shifts it to a contest of wits between Medbh of Connacht and her daughter and prospective son-in-law, scoring also in contrast to the other three by having the central characters already in a relationship at the start of the story rather than the usual formula of getting boy and girl together. Romance isn't my usual genre of reading, and I was slightly taken aback by the enjoyably explicit prose of some of the passages. While the stories teetered on the brink of Oirish cliche they didn't completely tip over. Those who like this sort of thing will find it the sort of thing that they like.
Tags: bookblog 2011, world: ireland

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