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Blackmantle (The Keltiad)

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  279 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Attacking savagely, stealing land, and corrupting the ancient customs that the people of Keltia have cherished since the time of Atlantis, the hated Firvolgi are well on their way to conquering the Kelts. But the gods bring gifts with calamities, and in this dark time a bright light has appeared. Born orphaned on the battlefield, her name is Athyn Cahanagh, but she is know ...more
Paperback, 605 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Eos (first published August 1st 1997)
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Oct 02, 2014 Delaney rated it it was ok
I greatly enjoyed most of Kennealy's Keltiad novels as their basic premise is one of the most inventive and pleasing melds of Celtic myth, fantasy, and space travel I've ever encountered. It's a shame she never finished the other books planned in this fictional world.

Blackmantle is the sole disappointment in the Keltiad, although for me this was entirely due to knowing some of the author's own background. Patricia Kennealy (which is the name most of her novels were published under) was briefly r
Apr 30, 2015 Latham rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
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Sep 07, 2015 Miranda rated it it was ok
Unlike her other works which are sometimes slow to get into... Blackmantle started out great, but about 2/3 of the way through devolved into a gory psyco bloodfest as she takes revenge on those who wronged. Her. I had to skip some of the grisly details.. totally lost my interest in this charator as she changed completely into some demon. None of the other ketiad books I read were so R rated. Almost like another author took over writing it. It did read to the end, but it was boring and predicable ...more
Apr 04, 2015 Pat rated it it was amazing
This entire series is amazing! Yeah, I know. Celts in space. Weird. But it truly is a well written, engaging and sophisticated story with a strong woman as the protagonist and how she keeps the various tribes together in an empire that stretches across multiple planets (each named for the traditional Celtic kingdoms). It hews closely to Celtic myth and legend (such as it is) and is rich in detail and plot. And yes, the author was Jim Morrison's wife. Unfortunately it isn't in ebook format that I ...more
Jun 25, 2015 Virginia rated it liked it
Kennealy-Morrison writes so beautifully, and her first six books of the Keltiad enjoy a secure position near the top of my all-time-favorite books. This story was entertaining, but I'm sorry to say it didn't engage me like The Copper Crown did.
Jul 17, 2007 Grace rated it liked it
I read this book several years ago, and found it to be a "spoil me" book...the kind that you can't honestly say is objectively a masterpiece, but it's just so darn fun to read you can't help yourself!

Morrison's concept is that there's a planet that was founded by the Ancient Celts, who escaped the planet. A very weird concept, to be sure, but it allows her to create a brand new fantasy world based on Celtic lore and myth.

I found her world to be very immersive, although the writing was by no mea
Jul 21, 2016 Claire rated it it was ok
This is the one where PKM loses the plot big style and goes all out against The Doors movie of all things. Over the top but quietly hilarious as well.
Jul 21, 2008 Rachel rated it really liked it
A severely odd, yet satisfying read, this book is a good read. I was moved by it at the time, as I identified closely with the heroine of the book. Looking back years later, I do not know if I would enjoy it as much, but until then, my rating shall stand.
Rebecca Huston
Sep 02, 2010 Rebecca Huston rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Part of Kennealy-Morrison's Keltiad novels, this one is a standalone. A pity that she stopped writing these, this one was pretty good.

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Jul 16, 2012 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are some grammatical issues I remember seeing. All in all though, is a story of love and magic. A good read once you get into it. Also, thought it was cool that there are some Gaelic words throughout used.
Amanda Ryan-Romo
Aug 18, 2009 Amanda Ryan-Romo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
A really breath-taking Celtic version of the Orpheus myth. One of the few books that has really brought me to tears and does every time I re-read it.
Apr 01, 2009 Jan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, fantasy, magic, series
Reread. Another tale of be careful what you ask for.
Galadriel Johnson
Nov 17, 2010 Galadriel Johnson rated it really liked it
An absolute wonderful mix of Sci-fy and fantasy.
Feb 04, 2008 Keri rated it did not like it
I suppose the book she wrote about her life with Jim Morrison wasn't enough, so she had to ficitionalize it to get her revenge. I kept reading this expecting it to get better, but it never really did.
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Kennealy-Morrison was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised on Long Island.[2]

She attended St. Bonaventure University for two years, majoring in Journalism. She later transferred to Harpur College (now known as Binghamton University) where she graduated with a B.A. in English Literature in 1967. She then moved to New York City, where she worked first as a lexicographer for Macmillan Publishing, th
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Other Books in the Series

The Keltiad (8 books)
  • The Silver Branch (The Tales of Aeron, #1)
  • The Copper Crown (The Tales of Aeron, #2)
  • The Throne of Scone (The Tales of Aeron, #3)
  • The Hawk's Gray Feather (The Tales of Arthur, #1)
  • The Oak Above the Kings (The Tales of Arthur, #2)
  • The Hedge of Mist (The Tales of Arthur, #3)
  • The Deer's Cry

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