Lion of Ireland

Lion of Ireland

by Morgan Llywelyn
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Suuze More than 1 year ago
Being part Irish and having a son named Brian, I found a lot to like in this book. I learned quite a bit about Irish history, which is one of the things I love to find in my literary choices. The author is well known for her research and knowledge of Irish history, and it shows. I confess to skipping through some of the battle scenes and the formal court hooha, but for the most part, this book held my interest and kept me reading too late at night. I loved the main character, Brian Bóruma mac Cennétig, the Irish king who ended the domination of the so-called High Kingship of Ireland. Brian first made himself King of Munster, then subjugated Leinster, making himself ruler of the south of Ireland. He is the founder of the O'Brien dynasty. He was quite a heroic and legendary figure, both physically and spiritually. He's fascinating and likeable. It was an interesting read that I enjoyed very much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first of Morgan's books that I had discovered, and really excited and hooked once I realized just what I was reading...I knew somehow that I was descended from Irish blood way back, but this helped with piecing the stories together. It helped me understand my ancestral links between Brian Boru and the Dal Riada Scots kings of early Scotland insothwestern Scotland, where my various Scottish and royal English ancestors intermarried. Morgan wrote the book(s) in a very exciting, flowingly narrative way that brought all home extremely well. I have since read three other of her books as well - they do become a bit addictive!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hooked just a few pages in. It was very hard to put down. Love the characters and the fact that it is based on real people. It is enjoyable historical fiction. I laughed and cried, was happy and mad. This book made you feel emotions, really care for the characters and hope things turn out for the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An epic tale of one of Ireland's great leaders, Brian Boru, this novel covers a period of some 70 years during a turbulent time in the country's history. It has magic, mystery, and is guaranteed to delight anyone who enjoys historical novels. The author's love and reverence for Ireland shine through every page.
TheJuggler More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of the other books by Morgan Llywelyn, but this one needs some serious editing! I can usually read a book pretty quickly but it's been weeks now and I'm not finished with this one. I am vaguely interested in it, so I keep coming back to it, but am finding that I am skimming pages more and more just in the hopes of finishing it!! Definitely a commitment, not a quick read . . .needs more action . . .
readermania More than 1 year ago
I was so happy that there was a sequel to this book because I truly wanted to read more about the characters. Though I traditionally would not buy a book that contained a lot of battle scenes, they were elemental to the story and very much a part of the history of Ireland. This is the second book I have read by Morgan LLyweylyn and she has is now on the list of my favorite authors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read this book about three times, and everytime I just love the book as if it's the first. It's a very well written novel, that weaves history and folklore into one great story. Brian Boru is a very unknown Irish hero, and he had a major impact on European history. His story is very down played in Irish history books, but Morgan tells it with great detail.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the tenth century, the Norsemen assault the minor relatively peaceful Irish Clan. They pilfer, rape, and randomly kill without a second thought. Observing the cruel attack in shock is a young lad, Brian mac Cennedi. He vows that one day there will be vengeance for the wanton death and destruction that the marauders brought to his clan.

As he grows into adulthood, Brian never forgot his vow. He begins his quest of revenge starting with efforts to unite the Irish clans under his rule. His battles with Viking and Irish alike become legendary as no one fights more ferociously than Brian does in battle. Eventually he conquers and unites the land, becoming known as Boru, the High King of Ireland.

LION OF IRELAND is an exciting historical fiction tale that cleverly blends known facts, legends, and Morgan Llywellyn¿s wonderful imagination into a great epic tale. The story line vividly provides a feel for tenth century Ireland without skimping on the action or on character development. The heroic Brian, the three key females, and his foes are fully developed so that the audience understands their motives while obtaining more insight into an interesting era. Ms. Llywellyn is the bard of Irish fictional history.

Harriet Klausner

Guest More than 1 year ago
I recomend this book to anyone who enjoys a good fast-paced read. The context was interesting, and told in an impartial manner, leaving the reader to decide what he thought of Ireland's great king. I close in saying one thing, BORU!!!
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Reinmar More than 1 year ago
I had a brother-in-law and a sister-in-law who were Irish-Americans. I never understood why they were always arguing. After reading this book, I understood. The author manages to convey the reasons and the shock of why Ireland was never united except for a short space of 12 years in the early 11th century! A great book based on fact with some fiction thrown in to make it even more interesting. I recommend it highly. Reinmar
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If you like gripping, well researched Historical Fiction, Morgan Llywelyn's Lion of Ireland will not dissapoint.
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Learned a bit about Irish history & thoroughly got involved with the characters
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Kept me engaged and was hard to put the book down at night! Sleep and work got in the way of the read!
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Willpower and spirit @ the forefront
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having just come back from Ireland, this book was great to read about all the places we visited there. Viking history is always interesting to me, and the Irish connection is something you don't get very often. It's a long book, but keeps you interested.
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