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Bright Sword of Ireland is the third in Juilene Osborne-McKnight's wonderful retelling of cherished Irish folktales. A dedicated researcher into the origins of Celtic myth and legend, Osborne-McKnight infuses her stories with passion, romance and magic.
Her focus this time is the great warrior queen Medb of Connaught. Beautiful. Bold in battle . . . and in bed. A legend am
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Forge Books
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Jul 07, 2012 J.P. Reedman rated it did not like it
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Kristin Gleeson
Feb 16, 2013 Kristin Gleeson rated it it was ok
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
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Amber
May 21, 2012 Amber rated it liked it
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
Anna
Jan 05, 2010 Anna rated it it was ok
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
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May 26, 2013 Cjeffcoat rated it liked it
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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.
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Recommends it for: fans of Gabaldon, history, and historical fiction
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A mix of legend, history, and romance--with a good dose of Irish flavor.
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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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