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Her man, the Bard Tadhg, was not this thing that shivered by the fire on the warmest summer days, his strange eyes vacant. Maire remembered Brigid's curse: May he wander far, and may you seek him down the years.
She tried to forget the words, and knelt beside the pool. She had never before seen the sacred trout in all the times she had come here. It turned sideways; it glow
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published by Bluejay Books (first published 1981)
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Fascinating segue between fantasy historic Ireland and the bloody recent historical past of the Troubles. I've read books set in the Celtic dreamtime with the fae, and I've read fiction set during the Troubles, but this is the only book I've read that combines them both. It could be described as a time travel story, where the magic follows the characters from the past into the present.
Nicholas Whyte
I rather groaned at the beginning with its rather idealised Celtic setting of Olde Ireland. But once we get into the action and our heroes are zoomed forward into 1970s Belfast I warmed to it. I winced at the occasional solecism - a character goes "down Falls Road" from the RVH to Milltown, another complains about Monaghan having been partitioned from Ulster, Newgrange is shifted north of Dundalk (though I'd allow this for artistic reasons) and a Peace People march is confronted by a Loyalist co ...more
This is the story of Tadhag and Maire, man and wife from 6th century Ireland, whose life with the faeries leads to quite another existence when they are transported to the war torn Ireland of the 20th century. Tadhag is possessed by The Horned One, a mythical creature who rules the winter month. Maire is possessed by the Goddess who rules the warmer months. It's an entertaining story full of tragedy, death and mythical creatures. Fun read.
A grand and epic tale, as big as life and time itself, but packaged in a smaller size. There isn't time to get to know the human characters well, yet they are timeless and ageless,so if we know the Irish, we know Maire and Tadhg.Arrived in modern Belfast by the way of the Sidhe, they struggle to find one another as the ancient madness continues on in the endless conflict.
So glad this book crossed my path by accident! It links the ancient world of the Sidhe with modern day Ireland during the time of The Troubles. Very insightful and captivating.
Michael Carnell
I read this book long ago and absolutely fell in love with. A terrific intertwining of Irish folklore, history, and the modern Troubles.
Janet Whalen-Jones
mythical story involving the troubles in Ireland...again, with Mythos leaking into reality....most of the books I love do this
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