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Into the Path of Gods (Macsen's Treasure #1)

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They placed themselves in the path of gods, the gods of the ancient Celtic people: a man of incorruptible courage, a woman with the ethereal gift of visions, and the mysterious druid who became known in legend as Merlin the Enchanter...In the war-torn, chaotic fifth century, after the end of Roman rule and before King Arthur's rise to power, Celtic Briton Marcus ap Iorwert ...more
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Published by Bardsong Press (first published March 1998)
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Jennifer Osterman
I received this book from the LibraryThing Member Giveaway.

I really wanted to like this book. The book summary sounded intriguing: a story about an ancient Celtic treasure in the time before the Arthurian legends. The author's note indicated that the book had been painstakingly researched, even though it was fiction. I usually LOVE this type of book - right up my alley! However, the language of the book detracted so much from the story that it was laborious to read. The writing was, at times, st
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NarcissusTea
"I feel that flouncyninja's review is fair and accurate, and agree with it.[return][return]Specifically, I felt as though I was slogging through most of this book. It turns out it was a romance novel, rather than an adventurous historical fiction.[return][return]The character of Clarwen was not only a Mary Sue, but the literal embodiment of Deus ex machina. She's stunningly beautiful, with iridescent blue-green eyes and long lashes, and she's perfect - perfectly devoted to her man, perfectly abl ...more
Tommy /|\
When I first got the book, I wasn't entirely sure I was going to enjoy it. Using the old cliche -- I was judging the book by the cover I was seeing. With the singular character looking like a swarthy member of the Italian mafia with a sword -- I just didn't see the book being that much of a page-turner. On a whim, I picked it up one evening while searching for something new on my shelves to read. My thinking was that I would be putting it down fairly quickly in favor of something else. How wrong ...more
Jaedon Sell
When I first recieved my copy of this book (courtesy of the LibraryThing Member Giveaway Program), I wasn't necessarily looking forward to reading it. It was the beginning of finals week at school and I assumed that I might get around to it eventually. By the time I finished reading the first page, I realized that I was quite wrong. I was unable to put this book down. It is well-paced, features engaging characters and a fascinating plot full of twists and turns, and draws the reader in to the ti ...more
Keri
I received this book as part of LibraryThing's Member's Giveaway program. I'm still iffy on my feelings about it.

At some points, it seemed like I was reading a soap opera. Now, there's nothing wrong with that, but it wasn't what I was expecting when I first read the description of the book. There seems to be a constant stream of people growing ill, disappearing, or being generally injured, but as this is the 5th century, I suppose it's to be normal.

I didn't find myself liking the main character,
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Stacy
This author sets the series in the mid 5th Century in Wales and Briton. The Romans abandoned Briton, and the people still living there are loosely organized under various local princes and chieftains. They face invasions from Picts to the north, Irish and Vikings from the sea, and the Saxons that were invited over to fight by the evil and illegitimate king Vortigern. Life is difficult.

The story follows the main characters Claerwyn and Marcus who meet under dangerous circumstances and fall in lov
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Laura
Jan 29, 2010 Laura rated it 3 of 5 stars
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I received this book through the member giveaway program at library thing in exchange for a review. There were some good points and some bad points to this book so I suppose I'll start with the good.
This was a well paced book and an easy read. I loved that the author included a pronuciation guide along with a map. This is so much easier than fumbling through the book not knowing how to pronounce names. This book had romance and action throughout and I enjoyed the perspective through the female
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Leslie (Working for the Mandroid)
This book ended up not being what I thought it was. The blurbs all read as though the main character is a spy-warrior named Marcus, but really it's the Mary Sue-ish female character that is mostly followed. Most of the more interesting occurrences happen "off-screen" when Marcus is away doing his spying.

The book started off reading as a bad romance novel with two many unnecessary adjectives describing the heroine's hair and eyes, among other things. It got soppy and uninteresting very quickly. B
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Kim Morgan
I really enjoyed this book! At first the premise, a spy in the Dark Ages, sounded a bit hokey but it was a nice refreshing change from some of the other books I've been reading. I'll definitely be finishing out the series. I greatly enjoyed reading a Celtic/Arthurian, modern, book that wasn't a poster child for Wicca (though I love those as well). The characters were engaging, foreshadowing ample but not overwhelming, and some interesting little twists that you actually don't see coming. I'm so ...more
Thalia
Book One of Four. Here we meet Marcus and Claeri, or rather, they meet each other. The story centers around two fictional characters that will come to support the comming of Arthur, future high Kiing of Britain. But I get ahead of myself. Arthur isn't even born yet. There's lots of adventure, deception, disquise and intrigue. There's sword play and spying and it's not all on the male protagonist either. I've already read the second book and it's even better than this one. I'm off to start book t ...more
Carol
While I enjoyed the fourth book in the series more, I still thought this was a great start to the series. I love the main characters and think they were simply a great addition to arthur legends. I think part of the reason I prefer the later book is because it dives more into arthur legend whereas this one is more build up for the greater story to come. I also would have preferred not already knowing the ending. But I still loved reading it and can't wait to read the second and third books.
Dan
I won this book from LibraryThing.
After reading this first book of the Macsen's Treasure Series, I was pleasantly surprised that the book was a lot better than I expected, and I can't wait to sink my teeth into the next installment of the series.
This was a page turner and a fairly fast read. I may have to read this book again, knowing what I know now.
Kathleen Guler
Feb 22, 2011 Kathleen Guler added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This edition, available as an ebook, is a completely recrafted version. The storyline is the same as the original, but new scenes have been added, old fluff removed, historical errors corrected and the writing tightened up to match the tone and quality of the other three books in this award winning series.
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Novelist Kathleen Cunningham Guler is the author of the multi-award winning Macsen’s Treasure series that includes Into the Path of Gods, In the Shadow of Dragons, The Anvil Stone and A Land Beyond Ravens. She has studied Celtic history and Arthurian legend for almost thirty years in both the United States and Great Britain and has published numerous articles, essays, reviews, short stories and po ...more
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