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The Hounds of the Morrigan by Pat O'Shea
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Jun 09, 10

bookshelves: magical-realism-and-urban-fantasy
Read in May, 2010

The Hounds of the Morrigan is a diverting Magical Realism novel which takes place in modern day Ireland, and centers around two children who are covertly entrusted with a powerful magical artifact. Pidge, the eldest, thinks he's loosing his mind when he first begins receiving messages from Dagda, the king of the old gods, in his dreams. Soon, however, it becomes clear that something very unusual is going on, and that it has something to do with the old blank book Pidge was given, and the strange women that have recently moved in next door. Hounds is a very good story, though at times it seemed almost like a who's who of the Celtic Otherworld. (Nearly every well-known character from Irish myth makes an appearance.) Pat O'Shea clearly has studied faerie lore quite a bit, and worked an interesting story around some of the characters in old tales. It's not a deep, emotionally stirring, thought-provoking tale, so don't expect the same kind of realizations and self edification that one might get from some Magical Realism authors like Charles de Lint. This book is light but not juvenile, and is perfect for Summer reading. It's enjoyable and fun without being childish, and I can honestly say that I think any fan of Irish lore, from Young Adult readers to grown-up mythologists, will find this to be a delightful read.

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