Thursday, February 16, 2012

Bending the Boyne by J.S. Dunn

200 BCE: Changes rocking the Continent reach Eire with the dawning Bronze Age. Well before any Celts, marauders invade the island seeking copper and gold. The young astronomer Boann and the enigmatic Cian need all their wits and courage to save their people and their great Boyne mounds, when long bronze knives challenge the peaceful native starwatchers. Tensions on Eire between new and old cultures and between Boann, Elemar, and her son Aengus, ultimately explode. What emerges from the rubble of battle are the legends of Ireland's beginnings in a totally new light.

This is not a quick read. You won't read this in an hour at the beach. Every word must be savored in order to paint Boyne and it's inhabitants correctly. Throughout the entire book you get a feeling of being a part of something epic, something amazing. Though I'll admit it took me a few chapters to really get into the story and characters, once I was, there was no pulling back out.

Those who love mythology and historical fiction will adore this book. It's well-written, well-edited and beautifully worded. Dunn has a knack for getting you to picture a scene while giving you as few details as possible. His vivid style of writing, along with the fine mist of legend, will stay with you long after you finish reading.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a change that I'd enjoy reading.


The old grey donkey, Eeyore stood by himself in a thistly corner of the Forest, his front feet well apart, his head on one side, and thought about things. Sometimes he thought sadly to himself, "Why?" and sometimes he thought, "Wherefore?" and sometimes he thought, "Inasmuch as which?" and sometimes he didn't quite know what he was thinking about.

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