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Yearwood (Finnbranch #1)

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An original folk-tale story with roots in Welsh and Irish mythology recounts the boyhood deeds of Finn-witchson, bastard, and heir to kingdoms both on land and undersea--who was hidden away by the witches of the north.
Published (first published 1980)
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This is a very strange book and I'm not sure how to review it. "Yearwood" is not like most fantasy books that I've read, though it's also a pretty standard plot when viewed from a general distance. It is the writing, the atmosphere, that Hazel enacts that makes his book such to read? No, as reading "Yearwood" was much more like reading old, gloomy, grey days that speak of nothing of rain. Hazel mixes a bit of Norse mythology (one-eyed character with two ravens named Memory and Thought) a ...more
Althea Ann
Scandinavian/Celtic myth-influenced tale.
The trilogy reminded me rather a lot of A.A. Attanasio's Arthurian fiction - a comparison I haven't seen elsewhere, but that I nonetheless feel is rather apt.
They take an unusual view of myth, playing with time and reality...
The first book, Yearwood, with its giants, heroes and witches could almost be straight from the Mabinogion. The second, Undersea, is more experimental, playing with multitudes of identities and the concepts related to how mythological
Nicholas Whyte[return][return][return]I'd had this on my list for years as a fantasy book set in a disguised Ireland. It isn't really; there's Irish, Welsh and Norse bits and pieces all jumbled up in a quest tale where I didn't really get very interested in the central character and the setting was much the same as many other fantasy novels. First of a trilogy but I won't get the other two.
a good story with adventure and magic, and a child learning to streach his horizons
I don't remember a lot about it. I found it readable.
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In his long career in Ridgefield Paul Hazel has been an educator, a novelist, and a matchmaker. A native of the Nichols section of Trumbull, the Yale graduate came here in 1972 as head of the English Department at Ridgefield High School. A year later Superintendent David E. Weingast (q.v.) put him in charge of professional personnel and he’s worn that hat for 27 years, searching for and hiring tea ...more
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Finnbranch (3 books)
  • Undersea (Finnbranch, #2)
  • Winterking (Finnbranch, #3)
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