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Valley of the Shadow (Sister Fidelma #6)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  659 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Sister Fidelma must entreat the chieftain of a Druid clan to allow the construction of a Christian church and school in the region. On their way, she and Brother Eadulf find the slaughtered bodies of 36 young men--all covered with pagan ritual scars. Fidelma must learn who or what is behind the massacre. Martin's Press.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Signet (first published August 13th 1998)
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Joyce Lagow
6th in the Sister Fidelma series.[return][return]I have complained in reviews of Tremayne s characterization of Fidelma, which is the really serious flaw in this series. She comes across as a more or less wooden figure when she s not angry. There s almost nothing about her that is likeable, actually because there s no real person there. All the characters are more or less awkward, but she, the star of the series, is the worst portrayed. What has saved the series is the excellent plotting and the ...more
Sherrill Watson
Written in 1998. A novel of Ireland in the 7th century.

Sister Fidelmas, is a reliegeous, a dalaigh and sister to the king of Cashel. These three things, plus her observations, and her symbols _ of office, give her credence with her enemies.

Fidelmas, with Eadulf (he's not much help) are sent to Laisre's nearby kingdom, to negotiate for a Christian church and school. Enroute, they encounter an pagan slaughter of 33 men. Undaunted, they travel onward.

Laisre receives them well enough, tho Eadulf ge
Another in this series that I am enjoying. The setting of Ancient Ireland appeals to me as do the characters. All in all, very engaging reads......
A pagan stronghold in a valley area in Mumar has requested that a representative come and discuss building a church in the area. Fidelma is appointed by her brother to be both his and the church's negotiator. Eadulf comes along to 'see more of the kingdom'. On the way a group of 33 men are killed and placed ritualistically. Fidelma thinks it is meant to scare her off. The chieftain seems the only one who wants to see her as the pagan community seems to find those of the New Faith dangerous to th ...more
Francesca Morelli
Un'altra inchiesta di sorella Fidelma 'particolare'.
La particolarità che ho riscontrato in questo
capitolo è il fatto che stavolta fratello Eadulf ha avuto un ruolo rilevante per il 50% del libro.
Per più della metà del libro Fidelma era KO a causa di una febbre violenta che l'ha costretta a
letto in stato catatonico, per ben due giorni interi Eadulf ha girato intorno alle foreste, aquitrini, vallate innevate
da solo a seguire le tracce di un delitto che lo coinvolgeva direttamente.
Come succede i
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in September 1999.

The Sister Fidelma mysteries seem to be beginning to fall into a familiar pattern as the series grows in length. She goes to a remote corner of her brother's kingdom of Muman (better known by its later name of Munster) to a suspicious and insular community. There, murders happen, often linked to a threat to her brother's rule, and Fidelma overcomes local opposition to solve the mystery. The variety of settings used in the earlier books - dif
Kathy Davie
Sixth in the Sister Fidelma medieval mystery series, Fidelma and Eadulf are sent to an isolated mountain kingdom, Gleann Geis, which is subject to Fidelma's brother, King Colgu. The pagan king of Gleann Geis, Laisre, has suddenly requested a representative from the Catholic Church be sent to his kingdom to negotiate the first Catholic church and school. Luckily for Colgu, he sends Fidelma which only begins the unraveling of a plot against Ireland.

A fascinating mystery of plot and counterplot set
The rating's a bit harsh; it should be more like 2 and a half stars. In plot and execution, this is a perfectly competent closed-circle mystery in a historical setting that's not at all familiar (7th century Ireland). It therefore has some historical interest (the relative equality and activity of women is one of its most notable points), and I forgive the rather abstruse political machinations that are brought in as the motivation for part of the criminal activity because there is also a more c ...more
Kim Headlee
Quick, ladies, name three male authors who can write convincingly from a woman's viewpoint. Gentlemen, feel free to vote all you wish, but your votes won't be counted for this unofficial poll.

Stumped? Me, too. And Peter Tremayne with his emotionless, sexless Sister Fidelma certainly doesn't deserve a place on the list. In fact, the viewpoint in Valley of the Shadow wanders erratically between the Irish nun, her besotted Saxon priest sidekick, secondary characters and even the random goat on the
Mary Newcomb
Sister Fidelma seems capable of sorting out almost any mystery. In this story, she finds 33 bodies in a circle, her attempts to negotiate are stymied and she is accused of murder. Yet, she is able to figure it all out and leaves the secluded valley in good hands.
Ein weiteres Buch von meinem SuB ist gelesen. Wenn mich auch Bruder Eadulf ein wenig mehr als sonst genervt hat, vergebe ich 08/10 Punkte.

Meine Meinung könnt ihr hier nachlesen: .
Revised review 07/07/2012--I did not see the resolution in this one prior to the reveal and I was not as bothered by extraneous material, though it was still there to a small degree. I rank this a 3.5 and round up to 4. My rank of 3 usually means that no matter how much I like a book, I cannot with a straight face turn around and recommend it to someone else. I've felt that throughout my reading I liked these but couldn't recommend them but I have decided that is just too illogical. I am compuls ...more
A celtic mystery set in Ireland in AD 666 - Sister Fidelma and Brother Eadulf travel to a remote valley where the inhabitants still follow the ancient Druidic ways. They come to negotiate for permission to build a Christian church and school.Near the entrance to the valley they encounter a horrific scene - the slain bodies of 33 young men, placed in a sun-wise circle. It is Fidelma's responsibility to uncover the truth behind the gruesome murders. I enjoy the historical depth of these ancient st ...more
Bonnijean Marley
The Goodreads synopsis is for a different book entirely.
Gordon Chambers
I have liked the Sister Fedelma series so far, but I found the story line in this one over complicated, and I'm not keen on the Agatha Chrustie type of sumation at the end, when all the syspects are gathered together for the synopsis. I admit that I have little knowlege of he history of Ireland during this period, and I have had some personal problems whilst reading this book, so my opinion may be somewhat tainted. Perhaps I should read it again at a later date. So far, however, I can only go to ...more
C'est un livre divertissant et facile ? lire. L'intrigue n'est pas particuli?rement originale mais le fait que le r?cit se d?roule en Irlande en 666 le rend int?ressant. L'enqu?te est men?e par une femme, Soeur Fidelma, qui est en plus avocate. C'est une ?poque qui est loin d'?tre sombre et arri?r?e comme on pourrait le croire mais une ?poque o? les femmes avaient des droits ?gaux aux hommes, o? les membres du clerg? pouvaient se marier et o? les moines avaient la possibilit? d'avoir aussi un m? ...more
Oct 23, 2014 Susan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes mysteries and history
This the 6th in Peter Tremayne's Sister Fidelma series. All of the books in this series are mysteries that take place in the 7th century Ireland. So far, they have been fun reads. I love the main characters Sister Fidelma and Eadulf. Peter Tremayne brings ancient Ireland to life and I haven't, so far, been able to figure out the "who dunnit" until Sister Fidelma solves the mystery although all of the clues are there. Mystery and History how can you beat that. Would recommend a sister Fidelma mys ...more
Good story set in 6-8 century Ireland. Female religious as main character. The story moves quickly and is filled with all kinds of interesting historical details about how the people were governed and religious views. Will continue reading.
Agree with other reviewers who said this book bogs down in too much historical detail.
A mystery of amazing complexity, Fidelma`s tell-all at the end is always a surprise.
Not bad. I liked the people and appreciated the resolution.
Frances Fuller
Think Shrek, but in Ireland in the seventh century.
Margaret Heller
A few too many deus ex machinae, but pretty entertaining.
Typical Fidelma mystery, a light and pleasant read.
I like Sister Fidelma. Just what I expected of her.
Mary Devlin
I enjoyed it very much. Definitely worth reading.
Another good Sister Fidelma mystery.
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Peter Berresford Ellis (born 10 March 1943) is a historian, literary biographer, and novelist who has published over 90 books to date either under his own name or his pseudonyms Peter Tremayne and Peter MacAlan. He has also published 95 short stories. His non-fiction books, articles and academic papers have made him acknowledged as an authority on Celtic history and culture. Under Peter Tremayne, ...more
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