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Bright Sword of Ireland

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Medb of Connaught is beautiful and bold in battle--and in bed. She will do anything and use anyone to reach her goal, the Brown Cow of Cuailnge. This cow will prove to the whole of Ireland that Medb's possessions trump those of her husband--even the fabled warrior Cuchulainn will not stand in Medb's way.

The only one with the power to defeat Medb is her daughter, young Finn
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Forge Books (first published March 1st 2004)
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Jul 07, 2012 J.P. Reedman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Kristin Gleeson
This is the story of daughter of Queen Medb, the woman who lusted after the bull and had many men killed because of it. Her daughter is caught in the middle, pledged in marriage to Cuchullain's friend, her ememy. Her attempts to reconcile her feelings for her husband and the anger and hurt she has towards her mother lead her through many physical and emotional obstacles.

The story was told in narrative flashback for the first 2/3 of the novel and giving less vibrancy to the story. Combine that w
May 07, 2012 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. I of course liked some parts of the story more than others. It was sad in my opinion but had some happy times too. It started off slow to me but really got me interested later. It was a well written book and had a lot of good history in it that I really enjoyed. It seemed like what an actual Ireland was like back in those ancient times. It was rugged and wild with wars constantly approaching the strong people that lived there. Very interesting book. I really enjoyed the end of ...more
After reading Daughter of Ireland I was excited to read Bright Sword of Ireland. I was somewhat disappointed. The story was not as good, but I enjoyed the parts with Cuchulain. I love the Irish myths that are mixed up within the stories. This could have been a great book save that it carried on way to long. My other pet peeve is that to further the story-telling, the author had the characters in the book, continue the plot by telling more stories. When done well, this is great, but Bright Sword ...more
Christy J-Furem
Just finished this book and really enjoyed it. The author takes people from Irish folktales and brings them to life. Plus there's a pronunciation key for all those names I've never known how to pronounce! I will definitely be checking out more of her work.
May 15, 2007 Jonelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Gabaldon, history, and historical fiction
Shelves: hist-fict
A mix of legend, history, and romance--with a good dose of Irish flavor.
Dec 23, 2014 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A surprisingly moving book based on Irish folklore.
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Juilene Osborne-McKnight is a Professor of Celtic Studies and creative writing in the United States. She is the author of the Irish historical novels I am of Irelaunde, Daughter of Ireland, Bright Sword of Ireland and Song of Ireland (MacMillan for Kindle, Nook and i-Pad). Her nonfiction history The Story We Carry in our Bones: Irish History for Americans is now available at Barnes & Noble, on ...more
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