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Fionn: Traitor of Dún Baoiscne

(Fionn mac Cumhaill #2)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Ireland: 198 A.D. Six years have passed since the brutal attack on the community of Ráth Bládhma. The isolated valley of Glenn Ceoch is at peace once more but those who survived still bear the scars of that struggle.

Now, new dangers threaten the settlement.

The warrior Liath Luachra has discovered troubling signs of strangers in the surrounding wilderness. Disgraced dru
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 18th 2014 by Irish Imbas Books
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Anne O'Connor
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Although this was the second book in a series I think I enjoyed it more than the first. That's not to detract from the first, just the fact that on an emotional level I got more from this particular book.

Traitor of Dun Baoiscne takes place six years after the events in Defence of Rath Bladhma. Bodhmhall and Liath Luachra and the other survivors from the first book are still living a relatively happy existence in Rath Bladhma although its clear that those events have left them with scars. Liath L
Louise Mulligan
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a great read this was, I really didn't want to put it down. It's an impressive follow on from the first of the series.
Once again I love the descriptive scenery, you walk but mostly run with the characters through the great wild. Each of the characters have a uniqueness that's believable be they good or evil. I have a new wariness for identical twin men wearing robes and I think the term "man pair" summed them up creepily. My hero is Fiacail mac Codhna, wildly interesting, I'd love to m
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was a nice continuation of the series. It continued to not really be about Fionn, which is fine, because in Fionn's aunt, Bodhmall, and her lover Liath Luachra, O'Sullivan has created an intruiging warrior women who each provide their own strength to the narrative. I could continue reading a series about just them without any difficulty. ...more
Sean Linton
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Liath Luachra's run as a reluctant hero continues in this volume. The art of stealth and movement are characterised brilliantly, by the agility and guile of the protagonists, and contrasted by the brutal conceit of an adversary. The characters' development is carefully balanced through individual struggles to survive in a great, uncompromising, and sometimes hostile wild, with the warmth, gratitude and hospitality they each engender in their own ways from congenial human relationships. Liath Lua ...more
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
6 years on from the attack on Rath Bladhma, our heroes are on the move after a mysterious invite from Bodhmall’s father, the ri of Dun Baoiscne. Once again, O’Sullivan paints a vivid picture of the landscape, where death rewards carelessness. As in the first book, young Fionn (or Demne as he was originally named) is the prey, but who is behind the relentless search? Based on the Fionn Mac Cumhail legends but with a host of minor and background characters brought to the fore. There’s a little mag ...more
Heather Henkel
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book

I really enjoyed the story. I think the continuation from the previous book was a good place and I enjoyed learning about Demne. I can't wait for the next book.
Peter Buckmaster
Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-myth
I am well and truly hooked on this series now. O'Sullivan delivers another tight & tense tale of Irish mythology. I talked about the atmospheric qualities in book one so will not repeat myself here, suffice to say I was once again there with the characters.
What will be attractive to many readers with this series is the lean and focused nature of the story. This is not a sprawling tale of multiple factions and hundreds of characters; this is Dredd (I hope the author doesn't mind that comparison!;
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Cliffhanger!

I would have gotten the next book in any case, but now I have to get it RIGHT AWAY! I just have to find out what happens next. This is an excellent novel of ancient Ireland. For those of you who think "historical" trans!ates as "dry", nothing could be furthur from the truth. It's tremendously exciting! Highly recommend.
wayne mcauliffe
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have loved all of these novels so far.
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm hooked. Roll out the next in the series pronto please. The yin and yang relationship between the two female protagonists in these books is particularly captivating. Liath Luachra, the warrior woman, plays foil to Bodhmhall, the wise and considered leader, as they face violent and uncertain times. Their combined strengths and mutual devotion make them a formidable team in their struggle to protect Bodhmhall's young nephew, Fionn mac Cumhal, from the strange and evil forces plotting against hi ...more
Brenda Skelton
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't wait to start this book and I certainly wasn't disappointed. This second book in the series again takes you on a journey with strong characters and fast paced action. I am really impressed with both Book 1 and Book 2. Brian O'Sullivan is very clever in leaving the end of this book with you still wanting more. No pressure but Book 3 soon please!
PS On Brian's website you can hear correct pronunciation for the Gaelic words . I would recommend having a listen to them as it adds a differen
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Easy to pick up story from first book. Story flowed well & I seemed to finish it too quickly. Next installment please!!!
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Brian O'Sullivan was born in county Cork, Ireland. On completing a degree at University College Cork, he went on to travel extensively. He is now based in New Zealand with his family but returns to Ireland on a regular basis.

Brian writes fiction that incorporates strong elements of Irish culture, language, history and mythology. These include literary short stories (The Irish Muse collection), my

Other books in the series

Fionn mac Cumhaill (4 books)
  • Fionn: Defence of Ráth Bládhma (Fionn mac Cumhaill, #1)
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