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Night Birds' Reign (Dreamer's Cycle #1)

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  129 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
The High King is dead. The land is in peril. A child has been born to save his people. But a traitor lurks with evil in his mind and murder in his heart, dogging the footsteps of those who protect the babe who would be king. But magic is at work, high magic. Gwydion the Dreamer awakes, screaming, from a prophetic dream of tragedy and loss, a dream peopled by kings of the p ...more
Paperback, 506 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Medallion Press
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Ron
Sep 14, 2012 Ron rated it liked it
King Arthur been the cottage industry of Anglo-Saxon literature (how ironic) for almost a thousand years. Others have sought the supposed roots of the "historical" Arthur. One theory has those roots run deep into the soil of Wales. Holly Taylor takes those threads--the Arthur tale, the mythology of Wales, the geography of Wales (with several notable aberrations) and even a little history of Britain (having purged the Romans and Irish)--to weave a cast, complex tapestry set in fifth century Wales ...more
Ruth
Feb 04, 2012 Ruth rated it it was ok
c2005. I got the feeling that Ms Taylor is a frustrated poet with quite a few so called songs or poems littered throughout the book. Another of those books that seem to hit the proverbial doldrums in the middle with a rush to quite a good ending. When I started reading this book, I have to admit to a groan as I had not realised that this was another Arthurian based fantasy with some really horrible and incomprehensible Welsh names and place names. There is also the age old, boy hates girl, girl ...more
Kathryn Tucker
Dec 09, 2012 Kathryn Tucker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, I must say I was actually moved to tears. Ms. Taylor is an excellent weaver of fate. This is an Arthurian legend, complete with prophecy and tragedy. You can see what will happen, but the characters are so well drawn that you are taken along with them on the ride as fate drives them to a cruel ending.

Like other reviewers I groaned to myself when I realized this was an Arthurian legend. I also found the excessive use of Gaelic tedious and I tended to skip over a lot of it and just go
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Darren
Jun 08, 2015 Darren rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Quite interesting re-telling of the Arthur myth, with lots of Welsh myths thrown in. The ending drags, as they go collect various plot coupons.
MK
Dec 01, 2007 MK rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
It is hard to get this book but it was worth it! The plot seems a bit confusing until you get used to the switches in place. Gwydion is a torn, dark man who doesn't trust women and Rhiannon is a betrayed woman who doesn't trust men, especially not the Dreamer Gwydion...a bit predictable with those two but their budding romance isn't rushed so it still keeps you in suspence there. Being only the first of a few books it ends at a bit of a cliffhanger. You're waiting and waiting for the war then al ...more
Annette
Sep 23, 2009 Annette rated it it was ok
Shelves: other-stories
I started out really liking this book. I like the jewels and the magic, the Dreamer and his dreams and all the characters....Then I find out it's another King Arthur story, a very good one...but I can't continue reading it. I've read too many versions about King Arthur, so it's nothing about the writer or the books, it's me. I have the series here by Jack Whyte..how many books, 6 or 7...I don't know and it's a story of King Arthur that I never got through. I jumped through the book, reading here ...more
Tammy
Aug 26, 2014 Tammy rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this series although I get lost in the names. At times the rituals get a little repetitive but love the plot and characters. Not much to make you blush but just enough to keep my pre-teen away.
Sandi
Oct 17, 2011 Sandi rated it liked it
Names were a bit tough and the ceremonies were redundant for the most part. All in all, not a bad book but not over eager to start the next in the series. Did enjoy a few of the characters and their interaction.
Lindsay
Oct 18, 2011 Lindsay rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, kindle, z2011
I really enjoyed this book. It drew me in, with some fantastic characters and an overarching mythological theme. Looking forward to reading further books in the series.
Kris
Jul 14, 2007 Kris rated it liked it
Shelves: 2007
There were a few things that were a bit too repetitive, but it was still mildly amusing ... enough so that I'll probably check out the next book.
Sophie
Dec 03, 2010 Sophie added it
Shelves: done-reading
This is the most amazing serie you could have ever imagined to read. I loves IT
Jamie
Dec 14, 2011 Jamie added it
didn't make it clear thru
Holly P
Feb 19, 2012 Holly P rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, arthurian
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