A raiding Norse pirate rapes a young girl in 9th century Connacht, Ireland and leaves her for dead. Shamed by her pregnancy and wanting a life without the label of Norse for her child, Ceara makes her way south to Ceann Coradh. She is befriended by a couple who run an inn and recently lost their only son in a battle with the Dublin Norse and treat her as they would their own daughter. Ceara tells her new family about a frightening dream she had while traveling to Ceann Coradh. True to the dream, Ceara dies giving her son life and the story of her nightmare will follow her son and his sons after him, forever. Scolai grows up as the son of the inn keeper and his wife and displays some of the rougher characteristics of his natural father. He loves the game of hurling and even more, the resulting fights. He plays and fights with an energy that draws the attention of Cennetig, the son of the tribal chieftain, Lorcain mac Lachtnai. His friendship with Cennetig results in his introduction to warrior training, usually reserved for nobles and the sons of proven warriors. Scolai finds his true calling in battle and earns the respect of his leaders and fellow warriors.
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About the Author
John B. Wren was born in Pittsburgh PA, raised in Western New York State, north of Buffalo, attended college and began his professional career in Cleveland, Ohio. He and his wife, Lois now live in Northern Virginia. He has worked in the design engineering and construction field since 1967 and as a professional engineer since 1978. He began his writing in 2010 and currently has completed and published three novels and a novella. He is currently working on a sequel to his first novella and hopes to release it by September 2016.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Well written and well told, a story of ancient Ireland from an American author with strong Irish roots. This first book of a trilogy tells the story of Scolai, born of an invading Viking warrior and a young village girl who dies in childbirth. We follow Scolai's early years growing up with his adoptive parents and his longing to be a great warrior when he sees and is told of the numerous battles going on in early 900's Ireland. John Wren is not afraid to 'tell it as it is' and if you have already read any of his previous books you won't be surprised that there are plenty of severed arms, heads and spilled guts. The story and Ireland is well researched and told with a slight American slant and even a touch of mystical folklore . The Celtic names and place names add to the authenticity but can be a little difficult to pronounce. There is a glossary of words and characters at the back of the book which is both informative and helpful. This was a pleasure to read and I very much look forward to an Trodai: Laoghaire, the second installment of this trilogy.