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Atonement of Blood (Sister Fidelma #24)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  221 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
Winter, 670 AD. King Colgú has invited the leading nobles and chieftains of his kingdom to a feast day. The gathering is interrupted by a religieux claiming that he has an important message for the king. Suddenly, the man, shouting 'Remember Liamuin!', stabs King Colgú. The assassin is slain, but Colgú is on the verge of death. Who is Liamuin? Is it a female name? Who is b ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 22nd 2014 by Minotaur Books (first published July 18th 2013)
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Shirley Schwartz
Oct 09, 2013 Shirley Schwartz rated it really liked it
This is the 24th book in the Sister Fidelma series, and it is truly remarkable that this series stays as fresh and exciting as it still is. I highly recommend this series to anyone who is a fan of historical mysteries which reamain true to the period, and are well-written, well-charactered and well plotted. Mr. Tremayne is an historian of some note, and his knowledge of his era (Ancient Ireland in the First Century AD) is extensive. He is also a talented writer who creates wonderful, believable ...more
Caroline Baisley
Best Sr. Fidelma Yet

This volume in the Sister Fidelma mystery series is in many ways the best yet. The plot is complex and while you see the elements, you can't quite put it all together, but when Sr Fidelma does, it all makes sense. Some of the elements of previous volumes that were becoming tiresome, such as the Irish vs. Roman church issues and the conflict between Fidelma and Aedulf concerning their son, Alchu, are much more balanced. In fact, between sittings in my reading, I found myself b
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Laura Edwards
I forgot how stilted some of Tremayne's writing, especially dialogue, can be at times. His strength, however, lies in weaving a skillful and complex plot highlighted throughout by intrinsic historical details. And even after a year between this book and the last, I still love Fidelma's character. Of all the mystery series I read, for whatever reason, she is the character I can see most clearly in my mind's eye. She really comes to life for me.

I do sympathize with Eadulf and his frustrations in
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Dale
Oct 12, 2014 Dale rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery, ireland
I've read all the books in this series, but find it harder and harder with each novel. Is it even possible that the author could be more pedantic? I don't think so. It's bad enough that we are constantly treated to obscure legends and rambling stories told around a campfire, but the constant lessons in Irish vocabulary are just exasperating. And that's not to mention the ridiculous excursions into the finer points of 7th century Irish law, complete with citation of precedents and counter-argumen ...more
Mysteryfan
Nov 13, 2014 Mysteryfan rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Fidelma must discover the reasons for a murderous attack on her brother. This is the 24th book in the series, which surprised me. I missed a number of them. Fortunately, these books don't require much knowledge of the series. This is a good historical mystery. Fidelma has given up her life as a religious to concentrate on her career in the law. The mystery is satisfying as a standalone. It is convoluted and there are detours along the way but the author provides all the clues. I enjoy the detail ...more
Jeanne
Jun 10, 2016 Jeanne rated it it was amazing
A fun diversion before I start the next book for my book club. Someone tries to kill Fidelma's brother Corgú. Fidelma and Eadulf investigate. They go to an abbey but are robbed of their symbols of office. Gormán is robbed of his gold circlet and sword. At the abbey, they are almost refused entry until a visiting monk recognized them. Something is wrong. They continue their investigation and meet with a warrior and his men who came upon the robbers and return their property. The attack on Colgú w ...more
Susan
Mar 17, 2016 Susan rated it liked it
Fidelma of Cashel has given up life in a religious order to return to being a princess. However, when an attempt is made on the life of her brother, Colgu, king of Muman, she and Eadulf along with the king’s bodyguard Gorman are dispatched to investigate. They find that the threads of the investigation lead them into the territory of the Uí Fidgente, who believe that they have a better claim to the throne and are all to willing to go to battle to prove it. Even though it doesn’t break any new gr ...more
Walt
Dec 11, 2014 Walt rated it really liked it
For readers unfamiliar with Sister Fidelma, this book is easy to read. Although there are many references to previous adventures and mysteries, they are presented in such a way that the reader is confused. The mystery keeps the reader guessing until the end. There are just enough clues to point to any number of suspects.

The book jacket indicates that Tremayne has done considerable research into Celtic and Medieval Ireland. He certainly shows a lot of detail in his descriptions of society in 6th
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Kathy Davie
Sep 07, 2014 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, history
Twenty-fourth in the Sister Fidelma historical mystery series set in 670 AD Ireland and revolving around the former Sister Fidelma and her husband, Brother Eadulf.

Tremayne states that Atonement of Blood follows events in The Seventh Trumpet , 23, and begins November 24 (of our calendar).

My Take
Whew, there is no love lost between the Eóghanacht (Fidelma's people) and the Uí Fidgente in yet another tale of twisty and seemingly vague clues that Fidelma slowly pulls together into one tight knot in
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Barb Moore
Sep 04, 2014 Barb Moore rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Fidelma unravels a complex plot against her brother, Colgú, the King of Muman, by traveling into dangerous territories of his kingdom with her husband Eadulf and their friend, warrior Gormán. Straightforward mystery with little of the interpersonal angst of some of the recent volumes in the series. Fidelma at her discerning best, relying on her knowledge of the law and ability to discern the underlying motives and hidden intrigues to bring all to a satisfying conclusion.
patricia
Nov 30, 2014 patricia rated it it was amazing
Sister Fidelma and Eadulf are back in another adventure. After an attempt on the king's life and the murder of the one who tried to protect him they are tracking down the killer or killers. Gorman accompanies them once more. Atonement of Blood kept me wanting to just read more, you know just another page, well another chapter. Peter Tremayne has a winner with this one
Phil Butcher
Sep 07, 2015 Phil Butcher rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-read
I've been reading this series since it began. It's a great setting - Ireland in the 7th century. It has great main characters - Fidelma, sister to the king of Munster, lawyer & former nun; & her husband the Angle Eadulf. As ever, this latest book in the series has a complex plot and enough intrigue to keep you turning the pages. As ever, I got a bit confused between some of the characters due to their Irish names!
Anam
Aug 28, 2014 Anam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful Sister Fidelma book. She is no longer a religious, having given that life up at the end of the last book. The tome there is an attack on her brother's life and she must learn the true motive behind the would-be assassin. She once again must travel into unfriendly territory to learn the truth.
Eager Reader
May 30, 2014 Eager Reader rated it really liked it
I've been a fan of Peter Tremayne and Sister Fidelma through many of the books in this series. The immersion in ancient Ireland is still fascinating, and the mysteries still complex but this one did not engage me like some of the previous ones. Still worth a read fo rte visit ot ancient Ireland.
Steve
Oct 30, 2014 Steve rated it liked it
Fidelma (now no longer a religious) and her companion Eadulf are in Ireland in AD 670. If you have not been a reader of this series of whodunits you don't have to start at the beginning. Complex characters and a good story line make this a good read.
Sandrine
depuis que j'ai commencé cette série je m'intéresse aux aventures de Fidelma de Cashel et de son époux Eadulf dans des temps anciens
Mary
Jul 14, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it
A period in history I knew nothing about. The murder & mystery were wound beautifully through the facets of life. Such a great read.
Mary Warnement
May 26, 2016 Mary Warnement rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, subway, fiction
The author is in top form with this one. Wrapping it all up was complicated, but not confusing. I see more adventures for Fidelma and Eadulf.
James Krauss
Jan 01, 2015 James Krauss rated it it was amazing
The book is so well written and researched. Peter Tremayne presents a mystery the keeps you guessing who did is while also educating the reader as to the religious life and culture of Ireland in the 600's A.D.
John Hanscom
Jul 19, 2015 John Hanscom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as some of his others - the ending was a little contrived - but still good historical fiction.
Trevor Lockwood
Well constructed but too formulaic for my taste.
Penny Valentine
Feb 16, 2015 Penny Valentine rated it really liked it
Having read the entire series I think this is one of the best.
Diane
Sep 20, 2016 Diane rated it it was ok
meh.
Margaret
Mar 13, 2014 Margaret rated it really liked it
another good Sister Fidelma story.
Dave Allen
Nov 12, 2015 Dave Allen rated it liked it
Ok but a lot of repetition. Perhaps he should just have a forward for people who haven't been reading the series.
Sally Archer
Jul 23, 2015 Sally Archer rated it it was amazing
always enjoy this author cant wait for the next one.
Jakenv
Sep 05, 2014 Jakenv rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite fictional historical characters. Tremayne just keeps on making this a must read series. Creative situations crafted with characters who keep growing.
Argum
Apr 29, 2015 Argum rated it really liked it
At a feasting, a monk enters with an urgent message and then tries to kill Colgu while yelling a woman's name. Colgu doesnt recognize the significance so Fidelma and Eadulf set out to discover if there is more to the plot. Of course there is, Fidelma is involved. Lots of old friends reappear. Pretty sure there are some continuity problems with earlier books and the number of children of the Ui Figendte prince,
Kathy
Aug 26, 2014 Kathy rated it liked it
Fidelma's omniscience and superiority toward her husband Eadulf was more than irksome and unattractive in this latest book. I think I must have reached my saturation point. I enjoyed most of the books in this series and I suppose it could be my present mood? Don't know, but not sure I want to plunge into the next one. I guess I am unhappily giving up Fidelma after having read all books in series.
Metoo
Mar 21, 2015 Metoo rated it really liked it
Ah! 352 pgs! So there are pgs missing -- this bk ends at pg 338, w/ the story unfinished!! Wonder what happened. Will contact Library. Hope I can get a complete copy!!
PS. 12.14.14: had renewed this after I'd reported the pg shortage to the Lib, in hope that they'd find a complete copy. But this is the same. So? I'll contact the publisher myself.
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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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