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The Song of Rhiannon (Mabinogion Tetralogy #3)

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A retelling of The Mabinogion in novel form. Manawydon finally unites with Rhiannon - an aspect of the Goddess - but his happiness is shaken by the appearance of the Gray Man, who seeks vengeance against the living and especially against one who would claim the Goddess.
Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 1st 1992 by Collier Books (first published August 1972)
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Sean You can read it apart from the others and it will be beautiful, but I would not advise that. The books do form an ongoing story, especially numbers…moreYou can read it apart from the others and it will be beautiful, but I would not advise that. The books do form an ongoing story, especially numbers two and three, so they should be read in order if possible. But if you could not do it right, then by all means read this book alone as a thing of wonder and delight. (less)
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Jun 01, 2011 Nikki rated it really liked it
The Song of Rhiannon, a retelling of the Third Branch of the Mabinogion, isn't as powerful as The Children of Llyr, which is a relief, in a way. There's a time of healing for the characters, as well as what they suffer during the action of the story, and there's a happy end for them as well. It continues to follow the characters of Manawydan, Rhiannon, Pryderi and Kigva. There are actually few other characters in the story, fleshed-out or not, but the character of the Bogey made me smile quite a ...more
May 31, 2016 Sean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of high fantasy and myth.
Excellent. Although she continues to romanticize the pagan past--which is, by definition, unrealistic--I love these books. Walton retells the stories of the Mabinogion with grace, respect, and great beauty. Although she is definitely a modern writer, with a modern writer's concern for psychology and detail, her books never make me feel like I am reading a modern attempt at retelling an older story. Rather, they have such integrity that they read seamlessly with the air of authenticity. The only ...more
Dec 10, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it
In this retelling of the third branch of the Mabinogion, there is less battling and more domesticity, but this does not detract from the story. I first read these books when published under the Adult Fantasy imprint: I am enjoying them from a different perspective this time around.
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Jul 27, 2014 Greg Strandberg rated it did not like it
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I was an English teacher in China when I was reading this book and I remember feeling a little self-conscious about taking it out of my bag to read in class while I showed the students American movies.

See, the cover is a bit suggestive. The story is flat and not at all interesting - in my opinion - but students couldn't see that.

Maybe some of those students thought of this picture later and are now reading this book. I feel sorry for them, for this old English/Celtic storyline, and the language
Mar 08, 2011 readmuchrunfar rated it liked it
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I couldn't get into this one as much as The Children of Llyr. The characters just kind of mope around for most of the book. Also, I wasn't sure if I were reading The Song of Rhiannon or The Song of the Rhiannon--the "editor" (I use that term loosely) didn't seem to know either. Still marveling at the sheer number of mistakes in this omnibus edition.
Apr 17, 2015 Adam rated it really liked it
Another captivating adaptation by Walton. She's bolder in this, the final branch. She adds her own take on Stonehenge and mixes some Irish folklore into the tale, creating a believable world out of the ancient Welsh mythology.
Feb 16, 2011 Jenine rated it really liked it
My soft cover copy was printed in the 70s and has the most porntastic vibe to it. Continued good fantasy legend stuff from Evangeline Walton. I like her mind.
Nov 20, 2013 Nicole rated it really liked it
Please to ignore the cheesy cover art. Engrossing retelling of stories from the Mabinogion (Welsh mythology).
Apr 02, 2012 Philip rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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These just keep getting better - one to go, but I can't give more than five stars. hmm.
The best branch of the Mabinogion. Manawydan is my hero!
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Evangeline Walton was the pen name of Evangeline Wilna Ensley, an American author of fantasy fiction. She remains popular in North America and Europe because of her “ability to humanize historical and mythological subjects with eloquence, humor and compassion”.
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Other Books in the Series

Mabinogion Tetralogy (4 books)
  • Prince of Annwn (Mabinogion Tetralogy #1)
  • The Children of Llyr
  • Island of the Mighty

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