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The Children of Gods and Fighting Men

"The best of three worlds as history, fantasy, and Irish myth are blended into the most stimulating and fascinating tale set in 981AD."

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Thrilling battles of wit and swordplay abound in this wonderfully fantastical historical debut novel. Two voices take centre stage in Ireland, one seeking power, the other peace. I am sitting here rubbing my hands with glee at the thought that this is the start of a new series. The first book has lived up to my expectations and surpassed them. As I entered I was met with a map and list of characters, personally I found the inclusion of how to pronounce the names really (really) helpful. The story begins in death, Gormflaith (Gorm-la) and Fodla (Foe-la) each lead chapters, telling their own story, letting you experience their wants and desires. Their true selves are hidden from humans as both are as near immortal as can be, and as an added tension, the Tuatha De Danann have sworn to wipe out the Fomorians. While this feels as though it could have been set on another world, author Shauna Lawless has swept up the glories of Irish myth and history to create an Ireland that I could truly believe existed. She masters the creation of the long list of characters who populate the novel, from Irish, to Viking to English. I didn’t once feel lost, I just greeted each and every addition and welcomed them into my mind. The plot successfully weaves between human, Tuatha De Danann, and the Formorians, as they build allies and peace, and deal in deception and slicing betrayal. Oh, and the magic, it feels vividly alive and raw and powerful. I could sense the storm as it headed towards me, and the ending has left me needing the next book to arrive as soon as possible! The Gael Song series is off to a fabulous start, The Children of Gods and Fighting Men is a richly woven, seriously dramatic tale and joins our list of LoveReading Star Books.

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