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Valley of the Shadow (Sister Fidelma #6)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  843 Ratings  ·  39 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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Kim Headlee
Jun 27, 2013 Kim Headlee rated it it was ok
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
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Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
Nancy Ellis
Jul 03, 2016 Nancy Ellis rated it it was amazing
The best of the series so far, in my opinion, with Sister Fi the prime suspect in the murder. It does get rather grim as she is far from home and surrounded by most unfriendly people, except, of course, for her hero, Brother Eadulf! I am really enjoying the development of their relationship. Love this series!
Marg
Mar 02, 2010 Marg rated it really liked it
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......
Text Addict
Fascinating historical setting, but I could not get into the characters or plot at all.
Marfita
Dec 07, 2015 Marfita rated it liked it
Fidelma is a little too smart and her companion (to whom everything needs to be explained for the benefit of the reader), Eadulf, a little too stupid - except when he needs to be really, really smart for the plot. So what we have here is Ms. Sherlock and Brother Watson of 7th century Ireland. It was a bit daunting to start with several pages to put the reader up on history and Irish religion and society, plus a cast of characters (with names that were hard for me to follow), and a map. As it wen ...more
Justin
Sep 25, 2016 Justin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
All in all, the story is great. I never figured out the mystery. However, the Gaelic names and terms make the book difficult to read. Although, Tremayne provides a helpful "Historical Note," a glossary with proper pronunciation would have made reading easier.
Athena
Sep 06, 2015 Athena rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned-reads
The 6th Sister Fidelma mystery is structurally a carbon copy of the preceding books; sadly these are clever, complicated mysteries but very awkward reads. I agree with the reviewer who commented that Tremayne writes very poorly from the perspective of a female main character - she doesn't feel real, but then neither do the other characters and that's a major letdown.

Having read the preceding Sister Fidelma books in rapid succession, suggested by a friend as I enjoyed Ellis Peters' Cadfael myster
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Surreysmum
Dec 31, 2011 Surreysmum rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, passed-on, 2011
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
Tracy
Oct 18, 2015 Tracy rated it liked it
The things people say below about Fidelma are on the mark. She's unbelievably haughty, judgmentsl, and self-centered. It's a mystery why Eadulf has feelings for her. And in this installment it's a bit of a mystery why she has feelings for him since Tremayne completely butchers Eadulf's character and makes him a total incompetent idiot in this book. I like Eadulf and found myself angry on his behalf. I don't really understand why I keep reading this series when I dislike the main character so muc ...more
Simon Mcleish
May 16, 2012 Simon Mcleish rated it liked it
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
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Kathy Davie
Feb 24, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, history
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
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Francesca Morelli
Dec 27, 2013 Francesca Morelli rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book, storico, giallo
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
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Sherrill Watson
Mar 11, 2014 Sherrill Watson rated it liked it
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
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Pamela Mclaren
Aug 24, 2015 Pamela Mclaren rated it really liked it
Another winning mystery from Peter Tremayne -- a tale of ancient Ireland and the adventures of Sister Fidelma, a religieuse but also a dalaigh, a cross between a lawyer and a police investigator. She travels to Gleann Geis as an emissary of her brother, the king of Muman, to discuss the construction of a Christian church in a land that clings to the ancient gods.

Before entering the valley, Fidelma and Brother Eadulf come across the ritual killing of 33 young men -- it is the first of several cha
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Argum
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
Patricia
Jul 09, 2012 Patricia rated it liked it
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
Ana Elena Romero
Jan 14, 2016 Ana Elena Romero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: saga, histórica, suspense
En este nueva entrega de la saga, Tremayne vuelve sobre el tema de los conflictos políticos en la Irlanda del siglo VII. Complots, rituales ancentrales, traiciones y alianzas entre clanes son los ingredientes de esta novela.
Quizá en esta entrega los personajes están comenzando a desdibujarse. Eadulf cada vez me recuerda más al Doctor Watson, personaje intrascendente y secundario, cuando al comienzo de la saga tenía un papel mucho más relevante.
Tras leer ya varias novelas seguidas, me resultan in
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Natalie
Sep 05, 2012 Natalie rated it really liked it
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
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
Susan
Oct 23, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it
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
Alain
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
Susan Gemperline
Aug 05, 2015 Susan Gemperline rated it liked it
I enjoyed this and the previous novels in the series of Sr. Fidelma mysteries by Peter Tremayne. The stories are well written and the history of Ireland which the author includes as context is fascinating. My only complaint is with the proofreading and editing of all of the novels. The publications are replete with typographical and grammatical mistakes which should have been caught by a thorough proofreader!
Janet Atkins
Mar 30, 2016 Janet Atkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fidelma Shows Great Detective Skills

Fidelma creates a great escape for weary people who just need a break. The story's pacing is great, character development is interesting, and the solution to the mystery is satisfying. I totally intend to read more in this series!
Steve
Feb 04, 2013 Steve rated it liked it
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.
Sunsy
Jul 06, 2014 Sunsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: taschenb-cher
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: http://sunsys-blog.blogspot.de/2014/0... .
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.
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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. As Peter Tremayne, he ...more
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