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Celtic Blood

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Set in 13th century Scotland. The son of the murdered Earl of Ross, is a fugitive when his family, rival claimants for Scotland's crown, are declared traitors. Influenced by MacBeth and the writting of Nigel Tranter it is a tale of high drama and suspense.
Paperback, 314 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Createspace
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Oct 19, 2012 Mickey rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Scotland and it's history
Recommended to Mickey by: Sharon
Set in 13th century Scotland. The son of the murdered Earl of Ross, is a fugitive when his family, rival claimants for Scotland's crown, are declared traitors. Influenced by MacBeth and the writting of Nigel Tranter it is a tale of high drama and suspense.

(Won in giveaway)

The Good
Storyline was great, enjoyed every minute of it
Characters, each of them were likeable in some way or could be emphasized with
History, I love history, especially ancient, so this was just the sort of book...more
I must admit to being facinated by history and in particular European history. Celtic Blood looks at a part of history not very familar to me that being 13th century Scotland. The story opens with a mysterious newcomer found by the MacAedh clan. Seward far away from his original home in Scandinavia befriends 13 year old Morgund MacAedh. Morgund seeks to rivive the fortunes of his clan and in years to come does just that.

Along the way Morgund and Seward will fight many battles and will rely on ea...more
Ross Wilson
great story. The shipwreck start is magnificent. You can feel yourself struggling in the freezing water, being thrown onto the beach half drowned, exhausted, raising your head to witness a massacre. At every turn the story is exciting. The author’s imagination is intense, the evocation of ancient Scotland poetic and powerful. He’s especially good at battle scenes where the severely injured characters are unsure whether they are alive or dead. The fight scenes have incredible power.
Linda Todd
Jul 10, 2014 Linda Todd rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: friends
Recommended to Linda by: a gift
Shelves: got, my-fab
Well WAW I loved this book could not put it down exceptional story this book took you in and made you believe you where there with the characters good strong characters and story lines were excellent and now I would like to know will there be a second book to follow this wonderful adventure so with all that said keep the smiling going and happy reading to all with the love from wee me.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
The story of young thirteen year old Morgund MacAedh and his friend and protector, Seward, starts in Scotland in 1210, where there is much treachery and traitorous villainy afoot. With the murder of Morgund’s father, Kenneth, he must escape before he too is murdered.

On horseback they fled with six men for protection, but after Morgund was betrayed by the very men sent to protect him, it was Seward who saved him, and led him out of Scotland, into England, where he was a fugitive for many, many y...more
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I was asked by the author to review this book and received a print review-copy.

Actual rating, 2.5 stars

This book starts off with introducing a shipwrecked Seward who washes ashore and finds
himself surrounded by strangers. The writing style is very fluid and heavy on descriptives.
Often times though, I found myself wondering why there was so much discussion about certain
aspects of a characters thoughts, because it was stalling the story instead of moving it forw...more
Literary  Chanteuse
A captivating look into the history of Scotland that takes the reader into the highlands with a front row seat. Early on in the story there is an extensive explanation of the Scottish clans and royal line's family tree. This I found very helpful in putting the timeline and story in general into perspective. Dabbling in pagan black magic also brought the story into new heights. Morgund who begins as just a young boy of 13 truly develops into a remarkable character. Along with his companion and sw...more
my gratitude goes to the author who sent me a hard copy of this book.

The amount of work and research that has gone into this book must have taken a lot of work.
It is very descriptive
One thing about the book, it goes from back story then back to the main story and back again.
This necessarily isn't a bad thing. it just made it even more interesting.
It's like a really interesting history lesson, or lesson in Scottish feuds or something like that.
I really liked the book and was upset it had to en...more
Sonda Taylor
I Loved this book! Historical novels are my favorite, so this story was my cup of tea. I recommended this book to friends & family. A must read for lovers of Scottish history.
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I have always loved stories that combine history with a flawed character..It makes the story come alive.

The character development is wonderful. I most related to Morgund because his life changed in an instant and he was really young. Initially it seems that Morgund would cower behind others. But just as I was getting annoyed with him, he took control of his destiny. At Morgund’s request, Seward becomes his teacher. Seward, with such high m...more

Celtic Blood by James John Loftus.
This is a historical novel in the time of Scotland 1210. A boy Morgund loses his father ( they are royal in their village) to enemy men driven to battle due to no knowledge of whom to trust . Then, Morgund's safety is questioned. He needs to leave his childhood village, but luckily with a man of trust and strength, Seward. Seward, a man who had washed a shore ( a ship wreck survivor) when he was a young boy himself. Seward was taken into the village as if he we...more
Brenda Knight
I was contacted by the author via goodreads.com and offered a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I had not been previously acquainted with this author or his writing.

I really enjoyed this book. It's a great story with wonderful characters. Morgund's transformation from meek child to great warrior was really interesting to follow. Seward's loyalty and great frienship showed his depth of character very well. However, as great men and warriors they seemed to be rather clueless...more
Patrick Brigham
Dec 20, 2013 Patrick Brigham rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Yes
Recommended to Patrick by: Goodreads
Celtic Blood by James Loftus
This is an adventure story from the Dark Ages based on events which passed during the signing of The Magna Carta. A hearty story written by an Australian author, who with the benefit of distance and time, has managed to create the Scottish equivalent of the Bayeaux Tapestry by painting a picture of medieval Scottish history during the time of King John of England. In a constant state of flux the Northern Scotts were always at the mercy of the powerful Norman warlords...more
Steve White
When reading a book, a lot of factors go in to the overall experience a reader has from it. There is, of course, the story, which is the biggest part. The physical book itself, cover, size, paper type, and font play a part as well, which with the advent of eReaders, that is somewhat taken out of the mix. The last part is to consider is the flow of the sentences and punctuation.
All that being said, when I read Celtic Blood I was immediately drawn into the story. I'm not a fact checker, and if th...more
This book was sent to me by the very kind author. It was a very good book. I really liked it. I felt that it finished abruptly, but it was well worth a read! So glad I got the chance.
Alex McGilvery
Celtic Blood is an independent novel by James John Loftus. It tells the story of Morgund MacAedh in thirteenth century Scotland. The book begins with Seward, a viking, being washed ashore and the only one to survive the wreck of the ship he was on. He is adopted by the MacAedh clan where he grows into a fearsome warrior. Politics in those times are much more direct and a band of men attack the leader of the people who took him in and kill him. Seward escapes and then is faced with the challenge...more
Blair Hodgkinson
This book, set in the early 13th century and ranging from Alexander II's Scotland to King John's England, follows the adventures of Morgund MacAedh, heir to a disgraced Celtic clan, and Seward, his loyal friend and tutor at swordsmanship, as they fight for Morgund's restoration and revenge against the perfidious King Alexander.

The story has epic potential, with many worthy episodes and scenes, but ultimately it comes to a quick and tepid end.

The novel itself could benefit greatly from some dedi...more
Paul Smith
This author did his homework to ensure you were transported to historic Scotland in this riveting story about a boy who looses his farther due to a battle gone wrong.
Only Positive things to say:
-I enjoyed the descriptions of infamous Scottish clans.
-grabs your attention from the first chapter.
-great character description.
-good mix of action, comedy, and romance.
Nov 14, 2012 Alice marked it as to-read
Shelves: giveaway-books
Thank you, James John Loftus!

I can't wait to read it. From the description, it looks really interesting, like a novel I might enjoy.
I'll update this review as soon as I get (and read) Celtic Blood!!!
InD'Tale Magazine
“Celtic Blood” is an action-packed tale, telling the story of struggle of the Clan MacAedh as its members fight to stay alive.

Read full review in the 2013 Dec/Jan Holiday issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Melissa ownsbey
it nwas great read i really enjoyed it the charters were very good i liked the figth sncences
i am glad to have read this book
I found the story to be interesting but it was let down by editing issues which made it hard to read.
Michelle taylor
not too bad of a read. one of thoughs mystery books that befuddled you. :)
I won this book through a Goodreads Giveaway.

Unfortunately, I could not get past the first chapter. It had nothing to do with the story (which may be fantastic, I haven't read enough to judge), but the writing itself is very poor. If I had read enough to get a sense of the story I may have given it more stars, but probably only one more.

I have spent the last three years as part of an advanced creative writing class at university, so maybe I've been spoiled with good writing. Maybe my brain has b...more
Brooklynn N.
I read one chapter of this book, and although I have no doubt its good and action packed, I couldnt get into it. Its the way the books written, and I might be a very smart female, but I dont think I can process something this complex. I adore the Celts and Ireland and Scotland, and I make it my mission to read every book that concerns them, but although this one seemed interesting, it was just too confusing.
Dont pass up this book because of my small little review above. If you love Anne Rice, t...more
Carla Forugio
I really love stories like this with heaps of action and mystery. I saw that it was on Amazon and bought it. I personally thought it was well written, and the pathos between the characters moved me to tears. I do love action. I do love history. I love a good story!
I enjoyed the story and most of the characters in the book. There is definitely 4-5 star potential, but the main downfall is it has not been edited at all and is nowhere near a finished project yet. Once it has been edited and polished, I will reread the finished version and plan to upgrade the review to the 4-5 stars I think it could be.
Full Review Here - http://anamateurslibrary.blogspot.com...

Had a lot of trouble with this book. I saw it had potential but it felt too much like a first draft to gain my complete attention. Hope it gets a revised edition because I really liked certain areas.
Danny Macleod
I really enjoyed reading this book. Started out a bit difficult with the words but got used to it and loved the story. Having Scottish ancestry I was put onto it by a friend who lent me his copy. I really hope he does another book and says something about the Macleods, my clan.
Truly astounding! So rare to find a book of this exceptional quality. I loved loved loved it. Thus, I am heightened, the very air itself now is aromatic with the scent of pleasure.
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The author has been interested in medieval history since seeing a book with a cover detailing the battle of Agincourt. The book engaged his imagination, and drew him to the period. Unable to read until in grade five some remedial tuition enabled him to commence on the journey from avid book reader to writer. He has one novel to date and a co-credit as a feature film writer, Underdog's Tale.

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