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Patrick: Son of Ireland

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  1,657 ratings  ·  84 reviews
From Arthurian legend to ancient Byzantium, from richly imagined worlds to breathtakingly re-created historical epochs, the novels of Stephen R. Lawhead weave a splendid tapestry of mysticism, heroism, adventure, revelation, and faith. Now the acclaimed author brings to magnificent life one of the most revered and remarkable figures of Celtic legend.

He enters the world as
Published February 18th 2003 by William Morrow
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Joseph Finley
I had anticipated that this novel would tell the story of how Saint Patrick converted the Irish Celts to Christianity. I was wrong. The book actually tells the tale of Patrick’s early life of as a Romanized Briton who is captured by Irish raiders and enslaved by an Irish chieftain for six years. Patrick ultimately escapes and returns home, then ventures to Gaul and Rome before returning to Ireland. Aside from a brief epilogue, the novel provides no account of Patrick’s later years, which earned ...more
Entertaining story, but false history.

I realize that not much is known about the historical Saint Patrick, bishop and saint of the Roman Church and Christian missionary in Ireland. I also realize that historical fiction is fiction. All the same, I was hoping to at least learn something from this book.

As it turns out, this book is about an entirely fictionalized Patrick whose life overlaps very little with the historical Patrick. The Patrick in this novel – like the saint – is a Roman Briton ca
Peter Krol
Nov 28, 2007 Peter Krol rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mature fans of historical fiction
Shelves: fiction
Lawhead is one of my favorite authors, and he followed through well on this book. This was my second time reading it.

Stephen Lawhead is an expert in Celtic history and mythology, and most of his stories are set in ancient Britain and/or Ireland. He retells Celtic legends as historical novels (rather than as fantastic legends) which fascinates me.

This novel tells the story of the famous St. Patrick, although the story is much different than the one I usually hear about Patrick. I'm most familiar
I bought this a few years ago when I worked at B&N. I was in the middle of another one his books (can't recall which now, Merlin maybe?) and went ahead and purchased Patrick. While this is definitely a fast read, and interesting in parts, just like his other book, I felt very dissatisfied with the book as a whole. The character never is really likable. Lawhead takes a real person and pretty much fictionalizes Patrick's life which I find bold but maybe also disrespectful? Anyway, one of my fa ...more
Sep 26, 2011 Kelly rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who care nothing about St. Patrick
I was expecting a fairly accurate- but still fictional- account of Patrick's life. Fictional, of course, because we don't know much about his life; we have so little evidence to go on. But we do have *some* information.

I guess I expected too much. Taking this as a work of 95% fiction, it was interesting, but lacking. Patrick himself is a liar and a thief; he has no regard for those he claims to love and is utterly selfish. Lawhead tries to bring him around to sainthood by the end of the book and
Amy Webb
Good fiction. Terrible historical accuracy. If you read it from that standpoint, it's an interesting read.
Was disappointed that in reading this book I learned nothing about the actual historical person St. Patrick. Likewise, I don't feel like I learned anything about Druidism, but that feel that Lawhead dangerously mixes his obsession with it with his Christian beliefs in order to somehow reconcile the two. Sadly all the women in this book are two dimensional and therefore I wasn't moved by any of its romance. However, Succat is an interesting character to get to know and the book is an easy, entert ...more
Brian Anthony
I really loved Lawhead's KING RAVEN trilogy and the way he portrayed the Church and Friar Tuck. I was expecting a truly heroic tale of the man who overcame slavery, lust, and lack of education to become one if the founding Father of the Irish nation, and the blessed missionary of the late roman era.

INSTEAD: Lawhead needlessly plays on the vague and uncertain relationship between the ancient Celtic Christians and the Roman style of Christianity which came to Britannia roughly 200 years after Patr
Brian Bevilacqua
Readers seeking a faithful biography of St. Patrick should look elsewhere. Readers hungry for a fanciful, fluid and engrossing tale of adventure that takes place in an extremely well-researched and realistically-depicted 5th-century Europe will be delighted. I approached this novel as the latter and loved it. Lawhead conjures wonderful, historically accurate imagery as a backdrop for a remarkable yet plausible story filled with depth and human emotion. Unlike many reviewers, I particularly enjoy ...more
A fairly aimless story about a wandering life, and don't expect anything to do with the "legendary Patricius" that the book description claims. It occasionally makes stabs at bringing the story back to the rough mythical outlines of the saint's life but I think it would have been better off leaving the legend out of it.
It's an interesting story reflecting the unstable politics and society of Roman England, following the main character from nobleman's son to slave to Druid to trader to soldier to
I doubt that St Patrick would recognize himself in most of this book (which is understandable because so little is actually known of him) but it's still a good story. Well written with an interesting look at the culture of early Ireland. Somewhat lengthy but worth the read.
Interesting novel, thought the story was pretty good. The ending was a bit of a let down though. I wouldn't read it again, but it was a nice light read.
Milly Jones
I have given up on this book half way through. It was a slow starter, and I skipped whole chunks out of boredom. It picked up for a bit and while Succat was in Ireland it grabbed my attention, but it has waned again. Wjo,e chunks of boring passages where not much is happening and I'm not particularly bothered by any character, least of all the main one!
I was going to persevere, but having read reviews that show it never gets to the story of Patrick the saint but leaves off before that - which i
Jul 23, 2015 Kris rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of historical fiction
Shelves: recently-read, own-it
I remember reading Mr. Lawhead's Merlin/Arthur books and enjoying them, so when I saw this at the library book sale, I snatched it up. I was not as enchanted by this one, but it was still an enjoyable piece of historic fiction.

First off, however, you should know that if you're looking for the story of how St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland, this is not the book. This book tells the story of Patrick's early life, and how he came to be in position to convert Ireland. I'm sure it's 98% con
If you expect a book dealing with what is commonly known about Saint Patrick, this isn't the book you're looking for. Lawhead focuses on the imagined journey of Patrick into the man who finally goes back to the homeland of the people who kidnapped him. Patrick, or Succat as he's known in the book, isn't a delightfully pleasant person. He's a liar and a wastrel and the majority of his career is spent being stubborn and trying to manipulate people. It isn't until his introduction to the druids tha ...more
Patrick: Son of Ireland was a very historical, very exciting adventure. I was surprised to learn that Patrick is not Irish, but British, and that he was kidnapped and taken as a slave during an Irish raid on the coast. During his time in captivity he experienced beatings within an inch of his life (due to trying to escape several times), and eventually was brought to the Druid House to study under some great leaders that were part of the Ceile De, a group of Druids that have been enlightened reg ...more
Great back story about the man who would become St. Patrick. Captured from his British home in a raid, Succat is forced into slavery to the barbarians in Ireland. After multiple attempts he finally succeeds in escaping, due to an elaborate plan that took him years to implement, only to find out his entire life, family, and property has been wiped out in Britain. Having few options he joins the Roman army, where he distinguishes him mostly through chance, eventually travelling to Rome to attempt ...more
I actually like this book even more that Byzantium and treated it like a page turner. I find it very interesting.
Succat is a rather careless person who indulges in the pleasures of the world, is selfish, arrogant, lies to get what he wants to people who see good in him. Years of abuse in Ireland, after he was taken there from his homeland during a raid, made him misuse the trust of the druids who had taken him to their home. Life in the rath was brutal. He made two escape attempts which almost k
Darlene Hull
I am always a fan of Stephen Lawhead. As I've been exploring Celtic Christianity I thought delving into the life of Patrick would be an interesting addition. I didn't read the description very closely though, and was disappointed, once I'd finished this, that it was just about Patrick's early years. It ends when he heads to Ireland. I was hoping for a story of his ministry in Ireland. However, well written, enjoyable story, brilliant story-telling as usual from Stephen Lawhead.
James Korsmo
In this work of imaginative historical fiction, Lawhead follows the exploits and exploitation of a young saint Patrick. This story, set mostly in Britain and Ireland, along with Gaul, Germania, and Rome, is an expansive and well-told tale. Lawhead does a great job of recreating the medieval world. And likewise the story of Patrick is a compelling one, as he emerges from a life of privilege and embarks on a journey of self-discovery, a journey which he sets upon unwillingly, as a captured slave a ...more
Josiah DeGraaf
Interesting story, but it was kind of weak, seemed to have a scattered plot, and the ending felt rushed and unfinished. Also, theologically, while Lawhead has always had a fascination with "Christian druids" in his works, I felt like it was more problematic here. That and we shouldn't really be lifting up Pelagius as someone to be admired. I've enjoyed a lot of Lawhead's works, but this one was not as good.

2 Stars. (Incoherent)
Steve Griffin
Another historical fiction that is very well done in my opinion. The true greatness of Patrick was his ability to engage people where they were rather than damning them for where they weren't. This book shows that quite well and if you like imaginative, inventive narratives of people of faith, you won't be disappointed by Lawhead.
Shannon Wilson
Aug 16, 2012 Shannon Wilson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Shannon by: family
The story of St. Patrick was not one that I was familiar with before I read this book. At that point I started to look more into his story. I was very interested in this tale. A person who is kidnapped and taken away from his home and then has his whole perspective on life changed is completely fascinating. I enjoyed watching his journey, seeing how he was changed spiritually. We didn't really get much further than his change of heart for his kidnappers in this story, and I still hope that he wi ...more
I was totally enthralled with this book! This story focuses on the early life of the man we know as St. Patrick, and his journey to becoming a leader in the Christian religion. His total character changes drastically from a spoiled youth to a loving, caring man who finally commits to following Jesus Christ. This book has so much action, adventure, and romance! The portrayal of life as a simple Irish slave and shepherd to a member of Roman aristocracy (through marriage)made the reader believe in ...more
I chose this book because I enjoy and respect Stephen Lawhead, and because I was interested in the life of Saint Patrick. This book is really a prequel to Saint Patrick, chronicling the fictionalized events of his life prior to his becoming a missionary. Since my expectations were placed on learning about that life, I was disappointed.

However, this is still an interesting read for those interested in ancient British history/culture. This, too, is where Lawhead's strength lies. He is nothing if n
Wraith Tate
I think I might have given this book a higher rating if I hadn't found the main character so thoroughly unlikable. He's a selfish, self-centered jerk, and while there are a few glimmerings of maturity starting to show by the end of the book, they weren't enough for me to up my rating.

Oh well. I like the author's writing style, and at some point in the future I'll have to pick up something else of his. But that will have to wait until I clear my bookshelves off just a little more.
Bonnie Anderson
Jan 04, 2009 Bonnie Anderson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who likes decent literature.
I adore Stephen Lawhead. If I could give him my first born, I would. It just saddens me that he didn't make Patrick into a series, like he did with the Pendragon chronicles. I could totally read more books about Succat =)
There's a lot of criticism for this book, saying its standard Lawhead writing and yes, it is. But he's so thorough and vivid and he really knows what he's writing about, so it is definitely a favorite of mine from him.
April Martin
a retelling of the life of St.Patrick like you've never read before. This is an adventure in Celtic Ireland telling the story of how Patrick became Patrick. Lawhead uses four possible names which Patrick held during his life to chronicle the many misadventures which lead to the birth of St.Patrick of Ireland.The book is skillfully written and has many twists and turns. it is a great read for anyone intrested in adventure, history, and Patrick.
I really, thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It gave a captivating glimpse into the history of Ireland, as well as into the life of Patrick, the now patron Saint of Ireland. The story follows him throughout his being forced into various identities and cultures, and while each of them were in a way their own separate tales, Mr. Lawhead does an excellent job of managing to connect them all into one life as well. A must-read.
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Stephen R. Lawhead is an internationally acclaimed author of mythic history and imaginative fiction. His works include Byzantium, Patrick, and the series The Pendragon Cycle, The Celtic Crusades, and The Song of Albion.

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Stephen was born in 1950, in Nebraska in the USA. Most of his early life was spent in America where he earned
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