Atonement of Blood (Sister Fidelma Series #22)

Atonement of Blood (Sister Fidelma Series #22)

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by Peter Tremayne
     
 

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Winter, 670 AD. King Colgú has invited the leading nobles and chieftains of his kingdom to a feast day. Fidelma and her companion Eadulf are finally home for an extended stay, and have promised their son, Alchú, that they'll be able to spend some time together after months of being on the road, investigating crimes. Fidelma and Eadulf are enjoying the

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Winter, 670 AD. King Colgú has invited the leading nobles and chieftains of his kingdom to a feast day. Fidelma and her companion Eadulf are finally home for an extended stay, and have promised their son, Alchú, that they'll be able to spend some time together after months of being on the road, investigating crimes. Fidelma and Eadulf are enjoying the feast when it is interrupted by the entrance of a religieux, who claims he has an important message for the King. He approaches the throne and shouts ‘Remember Liamuin!' and then stabs King Colgú. The assassin is slain, but does enough damage to take out Colgú's bodyguard, and to put the king himself on the verge of death.

As King Colgú lies in recovery, Fidelma, Eadulf, and bodyguard Gormán are tasked with discovering who is behind the assassination attempt, and who Liamuin is. They must journey into the territory of their arch-enemies, the Uí Fidgente, to uncover the secrets in the Abbey of Mungairit, and then venture into the threatening mountain territory ruled by a godless tyrant. Danger and violence are their constant companions until the final devastating revelation.

Atonement of Blood is a mystery of Ancient Ireland from Peter Tremayne.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
06/02/2014
Unimpressive sleuthing and minimal suspense mar Tremayne’s 24th book set in seventh-century Ireland (after 2013’s The Seventh Trumpet). Colgú, King of Muman, has invited his sister, Fidelma, now an advocate in the law courts, and Eadulf, her husband, to a feast in honor of the late Colmán mac Lénine, “a great poet and churchman.” During the festivities, a man in religious garb attacks the monarch, crying “Remember Liamuin!” The assailant manages to stab Colgú before being killed himself. The only clue to his identity and motive is his cryptic exclamation. Fidelma undertakes to determine the reason for the attempt on Colgú’s life, even as her seriously injured brother lies at death’s door. Having characters define Irish words in dialogue (e.g., “When you married our cousin you were accepted as a deorad Dé, an exile of God, with an honour price in your own right”) may strike some readers as clunky. Agent: Charles Schlessiger, Brandt & Hochman. (July)
From the Publisher

“Historical fiction buffs will enjoy an action-packed adventure in an unusual setting.” —Kirkus Reviews
Library Journal
07/01/2014
Twenty years ago Tremayne's series debut, Absolution by Murder, introduced readers to seventh-century Ireland and Sister Fidelma, a legally trained scholar and brilliant sleuth. In the 24th book (after The Seventh Trumpet), Fidelma has thrown off her clerical dress but continues to solve crimes. An assassin makes a near fatal attempt on the life of King Colgú, Fidelma's brother. The attacker had gained admission to the court as a representative of an abbey from the conquered territory of Uí Fidgente, so Fidelma and her husband, Eadulf, travel there to discover the source of the attack. It is clear that the conquest of Uí Fidgente and attaching it to the five kingdoms under Colgú have left a legacy of mistrust and hostility. VERDICT Writing as Tremayne, Peter Berresford Ellis is a noted Celtic history scholar, so his mysteries are rich with period detail. The books are also well written and well plotted. Those who enjoy Irish history and a strong woman detective will enjoy following Fidelma as she pursues her inquiries until she gets at the truth.—Cheryl Bryan, Orleans, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250046000
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
07/22/2014
Series:
Sister Fidelma Series , #22
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,228,344
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

PETER TREMAYNE is a pseudonym of Peter Berresford Ellis, a renowned scholar who has written extensively on the ancient Celts and the Irish. As Tremayne, he is best known for his stories and novels featuring Fidelma of Cashel. He lives in London.

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Atonement of Blood 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Bookworm33LD More than 1 year ago
I love Peter Tremayne's Sister Fildema books and this one did not disappoint. As in the other books in this series, the story is full of tidbits of information about life in Ireland during this period in history. The plot is well thought out, and keeps the reader guessing at whodunit right until the end. I can't wait for the next book in the series (which I have already pre-ordered) to be available.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual, Tremayne has an overly complicated plot with far too many coincidences for reason or believability. The relationship between husband and wife, as Nstitches points out, is also minimized and formulaic. Still, I disagree with that review in that I still find the setting to be interesting. He paints a nice picture of the time and I especially like the subtext of the slow, creeping advance of the much more restrictive Catholic version of Christianity into the region.
Nstitches More than 1 year ago
"Tremayne's" last several Fidelma novels have been pure formula pulp. We no longer learn anything new about Ireland in those times. Fidelma becomes less Irish all the time--stoic instead of fiery, superior instead of clever, humourless instead of witty. Eadolf has become little more than her eunich. There is no spark between them or between Fidelma and her mission. Just drivvel. I'll skip future books by this author.