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Children of Llyr (Mabinogion Tetralogy #2)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  279 ratings  ·  14 reviews
In stark, gaunt prose, it chronicles the years of Bran the Blessed - he who was so vast a man that no house could hold him nor ship bear his bulk - and of the tale of his beloved sister Branwen, his brother Manawyddan, and of his half-brothers Nissyen and the ghastly Evnissten. It is a tale of change and storm, of love beyond death, of high courage, of the end of an era - ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 221 pages
Published November 12th 1974 by Ballantine Books (first published August 1st 1971)
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The second of Evangeline Walton's retellings of the Four Branches of the Mabinogion, The Children of Llyr is heartwrenching. The story of Pwyll, Prince of Annwn -- it's harrowing enough at times, fearing that he's messed everything up, that nothing will be good again... But the story of the children of Llyr is something else again, the destruction of two races, of a whole way of life.

It's better than the first book, to my mind: it got under my skin so much, so that I could hardly bear to keep r
Katie Daniels
I had almost forgotten what true storytelling was. The sheer power of an original story, unencumbered by the trappings of modern writing and style and all the conventions required by an impatient and inelegant generation. "Children of Llyr" is a retelling, and a masterful one. It is not a dramatization or an interpretation, or a modern novel bearing only the names and places of ancient Wales. It is true to the original, and more than that, true to the intent. Anyone interested in Celtic mytholog ...more
A brilliant rendition of the second branch of the Mabinogi. Now onto the third branch!
Of the four novels Evangeline Walton drew from Welsh mythology, The Children of Llyr is the masterpiece -- the tale of a war between the patriarchal New Tribes (Ireland) and the matrilineal Welsh kingdom that resists all attempts at peace and eventually leaves both sides devastated. Walton's feminist take roots the disaster in crimes against women: Penarddun, who endures rape to save the life of her husband, Llyr; and Branwen, Llyr's daughter, whose marriage to the spineless king of the New Trib ...more
A re-telling of the second branch of the Mabinogion this is also the second in Walton's series and tells the story of the giant king Bran and his siblings Branwen and Manawyddan and half-siblings Nissyen and Evnissyen. Branwen marries the Irish king Matholuch much to Evnissyen's annoyance, who then endeavours to ruin their marriage while Bran tries to keep the peace although things don't go entirely to plan. Walton brings this tale of the Mabinogion to life with vivid prose and well developed ch ...more
This is book two in a series that is a truly beautiful and tragic retelling of a part of the Welsh epic, The Mabinogian. The language is lyrical and the tale touching, disturbing and even heart-rending. Walton is able to capture the epic mood and the spirit of the orginal in a compelling narrative style. Any changes or additions read as if they have always been a part of the tale. One of the only instances of which I can think where an author manages to improve on the original mythological mater ...more
A charming retelling of the second branch of the Mabinogion. More reviewing when I am awake. Well time has gone by and it is now nearly midnight, so I had better wake up and smell the coffee (well I am not allowed to drink it so I may as well).
I am dithering because I don't know what to say about this book. I read it fast, and I really enjoyed it, but the heat has got to me over the last few days, plus not sleeping more than a couple of hours - out working by 6 am, or earlier, doing the things
I'm getting more used to Walton's writing style, which is more like Tolkien than say Robert Jordan or George R.R. Martin. So I enjoyed this one more. What I am not getting used to is all the mistakes I'm finding in the text. This is seriously a huge embarrassment for anyone who worked on this edition at Overlook Press. On the inside flap of the dust jacket, the current title was "The Children of Llyre" and everywhere else, "The Children of Llyr." That is only one of MANY examples. Ouch.
A haunting apocalyptic retelling of the Second Branch of the Mabinogi. Walton is true to the tale as written in the medieval books that survive, but also draws on contemporary nuclear fears and the images developed by Arthurian writers and by Eliot. Perhaps more than any of Walton's adaptations, Children of Llyr makes it clear how these ancient tales and their progeny continue to shape the mind of the Anglo-Celtic world and diaspora.
Greg Strandberg
These books are terrible. The writing is the kind where you read a whole page and you wonder what the hell you just read. Why did I read all four of these books?

I was stupid, that's why. Don't make my mistake - try out the first book if you must, but honestly, I don't think you'll be doing much more than that.
The best of Evangeline Walton's retellings of stories from the Welsh Mabinogion; the only one that really stands alone. Beautifully written. Highly recommended for any person out there who might happen to be reading a lot of retellings of fairy tales and myths; in fact, I may have already sent it to her.
This was my favorite of this series: a feminist re-telling of the Welsh book of mythology. It's classic high fantasy, of the utmost quality. Another Ruth recommendation.
Great, I'm going to read all four. This one is full of plotting for crowns, betrayal and warring.
I am discovering that there are a few books which seem to have slipped off the goodreads radar - two today. Maybe it is the link between the different editions that has become untied in the *boo hiss* amazon thing.

No cow on the ice (swenglish term) = no real problem, nothing to get excited about.
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“Gli uomini dell'Isola dei Potenti scesero a terra. Tirarono in secca le loro navi presso la foce del fiume Boyne, il dolce corso d'acqua che prende nome da un'antica Dea, madre di Angus degli Uccelli. Il fiume scorre a poca distanza da Tara dei Re, e passa vicino a Brug na Boinne, la splendida tomba di pietra che potrebbe essere più antica della più antica piramide d'Egitto. Una cosa è certa: non per Matholuch, né per altri re suoi pari, venne costruita quella tomba.” 0 likes
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