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The Swan Maiden

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  • Posted May 12, 2012

    This book really draws you in. I loved Deirdre. She constantly g

    This book really draws you in. I loved Deirdre. She constantly grew stronger and brighter. At times I wanted to kick Naisi and tell him to listen to Deirdre. He had first hand experience that she was a bit of a seer for the future. I understood that there were demons he was fighting within himself, but I didn't think he really thought about the cost others would have to pay for his dark desires. Still even with his minor listening issues I loved him. For 3/4 of the book I felt sorry for the middle brother being stuck with just his brothers and Deirdre who was only interested in Naisi, but I felt that was tied up neatly, and most of the book I really wanted to hit the youngest brother on the backside of his head for being an idiot. I loved them all in the end. The Ending is Sad and I cried but I thought it ended well for a sad ending. I highly recommend reading this book and I look forward to trying another book from this author.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

    Pretty good book

    I was not familiar with the Irish legend of Deirdre, so I wanted to read this story. I think anyone who enjoys Irish legends would enjoy reading this book. The author is very good at creating vivid, descriptive images of Irish nature and their primitive religions. My only disappointment with the book was that it sometimes veered too much towards being a romance novel.

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  • Posted January 2, 2009

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    fine retelling of the Irish mythological equivalent of Helen of Troy

    In Erin, Deirdre at her birth is blessed with a beauty that is legendary even as a newborn. However, she is also cursed that her beauty will lead to civil war and the destruction of the kingdom of Ulster and consequently the downfall of King Conor. Chief Druid Cathbad upon hearing of the prophesy pleads with his monarch to either kill the baby or exile her. Fascinated by what Deirdre will be, Conor hides her in a remote forest in the province of Ulaid; the child is raised by foster-parents Connacht and Mumu and taught by Druid Levarcham the art of magic and nature.<BR/><BR/>Years pass and Deidre has gown into the most beautiful woman in the kingdom; perhaps the world. Conor wants her, but she is the captive of three rebellious Red Branch sibling warriors. Naisi the eldest hates the aging monarch and to his chagrin falls in love with his captive. He wants to take her away from Ulaid as his wife, but his younger brothers Ardan and Ainnle disagree. Besides Deirdre may love him back but has doubts about leaving her druidic forest. The final stage of the prophecy of Deirdre has begun <BR/><BR/>This retelling of the Irish mythological equivalent of Helen of Troy is a terrific saga that brings to life the Ancient Celtic period. The cast is solid especially the king, Naisi, and the title character. Although the detail into Celtic Erin can slow down the story line and move it more to a historical than a mythos, readers will enjoy the Irish rendition of ¿the face that launched a thousand ships¿.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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