Sword of Fire and Shadow

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Fabled lord of Almu and ruler of the wildwood, Fionn mac Cumhal has loyally wielded sword and spear in the service of the High King - battling the dread hosts of Faerie and human invaders alike who threaten the peace of Eriu. But now has come the bitter twilight of a noble hero. Age has weakened the champion's powers and judgment. Long denied the consolations granted to ordinary men, he has been forbidden to seek the Otherworld, where his two greatest loves reside. But the final notes of Fionn's glorious song are...
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1995 Hardcover New in new dust jacket. First Edition. AvoNova/William Morrow & Co, NY 1995 FIRST EDITION cover art by Jean Pierre Targete, New Hardcover with dust jacket (not ... price-clipped), clean, tight, unmark a fine unread copy All orders are shipped by kbooks every business day. Read more Show Less

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Fabled lord of Almu and ruler of the wildwood, Fionn mac Cumhal has loyally wielded sword and spear in the service of the High King - battling the dread hosts of Faerie and human invaders alike who threaten the peace of Eriu. But now has come the bitter twilight of a noble hero. Age has weakened the champion's powers and judgment. Long denied the consolations granted to ordinary men, he has been forbidden to seek the Otherworld, where his two greatest loves reside. But the final notes of Fionn's glorious song are yet to be sung. For though the world he knows is passing, as alliances collapse and compatriots fall, he is bound by an eternal oath to defend the land that now rejects him. And though he faces treachery, shame and blackest betrayal - and the devastating tides of magical war in Fairie - he is resolute. For he is still and ever shall be Fionn mac Cumhal - warrior, prophet, poet... the soul of Eriu. And from the terrible wreckage of his dreams he will arise victorious once more.

A classic tale of loe, betrayal and revenge begins as Fionn mac Cumhal is offered the hand of Grainne in marriage in order to bring peace to warring factions. But when Diarmuid, Fionn's most trusted companion, and Grainne fall in love and run off, Fionn must pursue them or lose the respect of his kingdom.

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The life of the ancient Irish hero Fionn Mac Cumhal is brought to its close in the resounding conclusion to the trilogy begun in Master of Earth and Water. In his weary maturity, Fionn and his fianna (national guard) serve the Ard Ri (High King) Cormac mac Airt while striving to keep blood feuds from destroying his country, Eriu. He himself succumbs to a feud when his protg and dear friend, Diarmuid mac Duibhne, runs off with his promised wife, Grainne, daughter of the High King. While Fionn and his men pursue the fugitives for years, his son Oisin by his long-lost love, the Sidhe Sabd, experiences his own unhappy love. Though evading an attempt to embroil him in a war among the Sidhe, the ancient fairy people of Eriu, Fionn falls victim to treachery and hatred among humans. The authors poetically portray a lost culture, breathing life into ancient myths. (Aug.)
Patricia Monaghan
In the final volume of their trilogy based on the Fionn cycle of ancient Ireland, Paxson and Martine-Barnes face a difficult task: to make a sympathetic romantic hero out of the aging Fionn while staying true to their novels' sources. This is the Fionn who chases poor Diarmuid and his beloved Grianne across Ireland, who loses his beloved son first to anger and then to Faerie, and who is finally overcome by younger warriors. But the authors both sustain the compellingly fierce character of Fionn from their earlier works and deal forthrightly with his foolhardy and sometimes cruel actions. In a magical ending, Fionn is whisked away to an intermediary world between this one and the next, where goddesses tend him as he sleeps until Ireland needs his strength again. A marvelous conclusion to an unusually effective series.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780688141561
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Series: Chronicles of Fionn MacCumhal , #3
  • Pages: 426
  • Product dimensions: 5.89 (w) x 8.59 (h) x 1.48 (d)

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