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The Prize in the Game by Jo Walton
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Dec 02, 10

bookshelves: fantasy-and-science-fiction, mythology-and-fairy-tales, authors-vw
Read in October, 2007, read count: 2

This is another novel set in the same world as The King's Peace and The King's Name, about people who appear in those books (and some who are only mentioned). I was quite a way into this when I suddenly realized that it's a reworking of the Irish legend the Tain Bo Cuailnge, or the Cattle-Raid of Cooley. I'm sure I didn't pick up on all of the parallels to the Tain, as it's been a long time since I read it (I'll have to reread it before I reread The Prize in the Game).

Anyway, it was fascinating to learn more about Emer, Conal, and Elenn, who appeared in the earlier books, and to meet Ferdia and Darag, who were only mentioned. I thought the ending was a little abrupt, or perhaps it's just that the book didn't continue up to the point where the characters were introduced into the previous books.
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