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Celtic Blood

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3.60  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Set in 13th century Scotland. The son of the murdered Earl of Ross, is a fugitive when his family, rival claimants for Scotland's crown, are declared traitors. Influenced by MacBeth and the writting of Nigel Tranter it is a tale of high drama and suspense.
Paperback, 314 pages
Published July 28th 2011 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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The story of young thirteen year old Morgund MacAedh and his friend and protector, Seward, starts in Scotland in 1210, where there is much treachery and traitorous villainy afoot. With the murder of Morgund’s father, Kenneth, he must escape before he too is murdered.

On horseback they fled with six men for protection, but after Morgund was betrayed by the very men sent to protect him, it was Seward who saved him, and led him out of Scotland, into England, where he was a fugitive for many, many y
Sep 19, 2012 rated it liked it
I must admit to being facinated by history and in particular European history. Celtic Blood looks at a part of history not very familar to me that being 13th century Scotland. The story opens with a mysterious newcomer found by the MacAedh clan. Seward far away from his original home in Scandinavia befriends 13 year old Morgund MacAedh. Morgund seeks to rivive the fortunes of his clan and in years to come does just that.

Along the way Morgund and Seward will fight many battles and will rely on ea
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Review also posted at The Owl Review

I was asked by the author to review this book and received a print review-copy.

Actual rating, 2.5 stars

This book starts off with introducing a shipwrecked Seward who washes ashore and finds
himself surrounded by strangers. The writing style is very fluid and heavy on descriptives.
Often times though, I found myself wondering why there was so much discussion about certain
aspects of a characters thoughts, because it was stalling the story instead of moving it forw
Linda Todd
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: friends
Recommended to Linda by: a gift
Shelves: my-fab, got
Well WAW I loved this book could not put it down exceptional story this book took you in and made you believe you where there with the characters good strong characters and story lines were excellent and now I would like to know will there be a second book to follow this wonderful adventure so with all that said keep the smiling going and happy reading to all with the love from wee me.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
Celtic Blood is my second book for the Read Scotland 2015 challenge. Through the challenge's Goodreads page I learned of a limited time opportunity to download the book from Amazon for free.

Celtic Blood is billed as a historical novel. It is set vaguely across Scotland and some parts of England although definite identifications of place are rare. The story initially concerns a Scandinavian teenage boy, Seward, who is washed up on Scottish shores following a shipwreck. The focus then shifts to a
Ross Wilson
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
great story. The shipwreck start is magnificent. You can feel yourself struggling in the freezing water, being thrown onto the beach half drowned, exhausted, raising your head to witness a massacre. At every turn the story is exciting. The author’s imagination is intense, the evocation of ancient Scotland poetic and powerful. He’s especially good at battle scenes where the severely injured characters are unsure whether they are alive or dead. The fight scenes have incredible power.
Literary  Chanteuse
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
A captivating look into the history of Scotland that takes the reader into the highlands with a front row seat. Early on in the story there is an extensive explanation of the Scottish clans and royal line's family tree. This I found very helpful in putting the timeline and story in general into perspective. Dabbling in pagan black magic also brought the story into new heights. Morgund who begins as just a young boy of 13 truly develops into a remarkable character. Along with his companion and sw ...more
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
my gratitude goes to the author who sent me a hard copy of this book.

The amount of work and research that has gone into this book must have taken a lot of work.
It is very descriptive
One thing about the book, it goes from back story then back to the main story and back again.
This necessarily isn't a bad thing. it just made it even more interesting.
It's like a really interesting history lesson, or lesson in Scottish feuds or something like that.
I really liked the book and was upset it had to en
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
I found the story to be interesting but it was let down by editing issues which made it hard to read.
Sonda Taylor
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I Loved this book! Historical novels are my favorite, so this story was my cup of tea. I recommended this book to friends & family. A must read for lovers of Scottish history.
Ronna Gangluff
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a well thought out story of a rarely discussed time in Scotland. Few even fictional stories attempt to tackle this time in history. It was educational with a thought to entertain. Many readers may find the fighting particularly invigorating
Apr 11, 2012 rated it liked it
When reading a book, a lot of factors go in to the overall experience a reader has from it. There is, of course, the story, which is the biggest part. The physical book itself, cover, size, paper type, and font play a part as well, which with the advent of eReaders, that is somewhat taken out of the mix. The last part is to consider is the flow of the sentences and punctuation.
All that being said, when I read Celtic Blood I was immediately drawn into the story. I'm not a fact checker, and if th
Patrick Brigham
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Yes
Recommended to Patrick by: Goodreads
Celtic Blood by James Loftus
This is an adventure story from the Dark Ages based on events which passed during the signing of The Magna Carta. A hearty story written by an Australian author, who with the benefit of distance and time, has managed to create the Scottish equivalent of the Bayeaux Tapestry by painting a picture of medieval Scottish history during the time of King John of England. In a constant state of flux the Northern Scotts were always at the mercy of the powerful Norman warlords
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I had finished reading this book a couple of weeks back, yet I kept procrastinating when it came to reviewing this book. There were so many thoughts popping up in my mind that I just had to let things calm down before writing a review. Also, this is a difficult book to review as I do not know how much I can revealing the whole plot of the book.

The story begins with Seward being washed ashore after a shipwreck. He finds himself on the shores of Scotland where he is rescued by Kenneth MacAedh, an
Dahlia Burroughs
Dec 01, 2016 rated it liked it

I was kindly sent a physical copy of this novel by the author in exchange for an honest review. Before I get into the novel itself, I must say that the layout is wonderfully set. Every page is clear, easy to read and well-presented.

Celtic Blood is about a young man by the name of Morgund MacAedhand his side-kick Seward. Set in 13th century Scotland where violence and treachery is rampant, the story starts with a horrible shipwreck. During the struggle to survive the freezing wa
Brenda Knight
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was contacted by the author via and offered a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I had not been previously acquainted with this author or his writing.

I really enjoyed this book. It's a great story with wonderful characters. Morgund's transformation from meek child to great warrior was really interesting to follow. Seward's loyalty and great frienship showed his depth of character very well. However, as great men and warriors they seemed to be rather clueless
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I have always loved stories that combine history with a flawed character..It makes the story come alive.

The character development is wonderful. I most related to Morgund because his life changed in an instant and he was really young. Initially it seems that Morgund would cower behind others. But just as I was getting annoyed with him, he took control of his destiny. At Morgund’s request, Seward becomes his teacher. Seward, with such high m
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Historical fiction at its best. The scene begins in the rolling highlands of Scotland and the year is 1210. The main characters, a teenager named Morgund MacAedh and his faithful guardian warrior protector, 'Seaward'. When Morgund's father is slain, he, Seaward, and his small flock of protectors flee, but when each one betrays him, he and Seaward sets off on a journey to new lands where they must face the harsh elements of weather conditions and fight off warlocks and witches and survive epic ba ...more
Oct 18, 2012 rated it liked it

Celtic Blood by James John Loftus.
This is a historical novel in the time of Scotland 1210. A boy Morgund loses his father ( they are royal in their village) to enemy men driven to battle due to no knowledge of whom to trust . Then, Morgund's safety is questioned. He needs to leave his childhood village, but luckily with a man of trust and strength, Seward. Seward, a man who had washed a shore ( a ship wreck survivor) when he was a young boy himself. Seward was taken into the village as if he we
Nov 13, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: giveaway-books
Thank you, James John Loftus!

I can't wait to read it. From the description, it looks really interesting, like a novel I might enjoy.
I'll update this review as soon as I get (and read) Celtic Blood!!!
Paul Smith
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This author did his homework to ensure you were transported to historic Scotland in this riveting story about a boy who looses his farther due to a battle gone wrong.
Only Positive things to say:
-I enjoyed the descriptions of infamous Scottish clans.
-grabs your attention from the first chapter.
-great character description.
-good mix of action, comedy, and romance.
InD'tale Magazine
“Celtic Blood” is an action-packed tale, telling the story of struggle of the Clan MacAedh as its members fight to stay alive.

Read full review in the 2013 Dec/Jan Holiday issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Enjoyed the story but really struggled with the lack of editing. Words missing & words & punctuation in the wrong spots.:(
Melissa ownsbey
Nov 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
it nwas great read i really enjoyed it the charters were very good i liked the figth sncences
i am glad to have read this book
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was sent to me by the very kind author. It was a very good book. I really liked it. I felt that it finished abruptly, but it was well worth a read! So glad I got the chance.
Jess Pagan
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
This story for me just didn't captivate me. I found the characters to be unrelateable, bland and I couldn't commit to their journey. Athough the story has beautiful imagery, I didn't care for the characters and where they were going.

The story was well-written, and James Loftus can evoke the images of the voyage in your head, but I didn't want to stay with this one.
Daniel Sam
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've recently read this book and loved it.
Very atmospheric. I love history and especially history from the British Isles. It is alien to my culture but the whole, knights, tartan clad clansman and that whole thing interests me.
This book took me there in a way that was very immediate and impressive.
Best book I've read in a long time.
Connie Sandlin
Hard to read, needed better editing

This book could do with the services of a competent editor and proofreader. The story was hard to follow because of the fragmented sentence structure and punctuation errors.
Bego Salem
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting. I LOVED the story, being a huge fan of Scotland and its History.
But, its written in a way that made it quite difficult for me to read, not being a native English speaker... I struggled with many sentences, this has never happened to me before.
Otherwise, very much recommended.
Nov 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I love historic fiction but this one was harder to read than that. I didn’t connect with any of the characters and the settings were not specific. Sometimes the prose was wonderful but other times it felt like characters were performing a play.
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The author has been interested in medieval history since seeing a book with a cover detailing the battle of Agincourt. The book engaged his imagination, and drew him to the period. Unable to read until in grade five some remedial tuition enabled him to commence on the journey from avid book reader to writer. He has two novels to date, two in the Celtic Blood series, and The Fool King, a fantasy no ...more

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