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Song of Rhiannon (Mabinogion Tetralogy #3)

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The Seven-Year Curse

Pryderi, son of Rhiannon, is the rightful heir of the kindgom, and as such should be able to enjoy some measure of happiness in his rule. But this son of Manawyddan must pay a heavy price for the secret of his birth, a price extracted by the immortal ones against the entire kingdom.

When Manawyddan and Pryderi try to challenge the curse set against their
Mass Market Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 12th 1974 by Del Rey (first published August 1972)
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The Song of Rhiannon, a retelling of the Third Branch of the Mabinogion, isn't as powerful as The Children of Llyr, which is a relief, in a way. There's a time of healing for the characters, as well as what they suffer during the action of the story, and there's a happy end for them as well. It continues to follow the characters of Manawydan, Rhiannon, Pryderi and Kigva. There are actually few other characters in the story, fleshed-out or not, but the character of the Bogey made me smile quite a ...more
Greg Strandberg
I was an English teacher in China when I was reading this book and I remember feeling a little self-conscious about taking it out of my bag to read in class while I showed the students American movies.

See, the cover is a bit suggestive. The story is flat and not at all interesting - in my opinion - but students couldn't see that.

Maybe some of those students thought of this picture later and are now reading this book. I feel sorry for them, for this old English/Celtic storyline, and the language
Another captivating adaptation by Walton. She's bolder in this, the final branch. She adds her own take on Stonehenge and mixes some Irish folklore into the tale, creating a believable world out of the ancient Welsh mythology.
I couldn't get into this one as much as The Children of Llyr. The characters just kind of mope around for most of the book. Also, I wasn't sure if I were reading The Song of Rhiannon or The Song of the Rhiannon--the "editor" (I use that term loosely) didn't seem to know either. Still marveling at the sheer number of mistakes in this omnibus edition.
My soft cover copy was printed in the 70s and has the most porntastic vibe to it. Continued good fantasy legend stuff from Evangeline Walton. I like her mind.
Please to ignore the cheesy cover art. Engrossing retelling of stories from the Mabinogion (Welsh mythology).
These just keep getting better - one to go, but I can't give more than five stars. hmm.
The best branch of the Mabinogion. Manawydan is my hero!
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Evangeline Walton was the pen name of Evangeline Wilna Ensley, an American author of fantasy fiction. She remains popular in North America and Europe because of her “ability to humanize historical and mythological subjects with eloquence, humor and compassion”.
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