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In the Region of the Summer Stars

(Eirlandia #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  599 ratings  ·  108 reviews
In the Region of the Summer Stars by Stephen R. Lawhead is the start of an epic fantasy adventure series set in a realm rich in imagination and intrigue, and steeped in the wonder of the Celtic Otherworld.

The isle of Eirlandia has been ravaged by the barbarian Scálda, who seek to conquer all. The High King has called for the warring clans and tribes of the Tuatha DeDanann
Hardcover, 333 pages
Published May 15th 2018 by Tor Books
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Brad Bigam His main characters are typically men, though there have been excellent female characters along the way. I think especially of Charis and Morgain in h…moreHis main characters are typically men, though there have been excellent female characters along the way. I think especially of Charis and Morgain in his Pendragon series.
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Jason Koivu
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
(I received an audiobook version of this courtesy of Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.)

Historical fiction writer Stephen R. Lawhead has been on my radar for a little while now, so when I was offered a copy of his latest, I jumped at the chance to read it!

If you like all things Celtic, In the Region of the Summer Stars is the book for you! Druids, faeries, war chiefs, oh my! I made an extensive study of the Celtics years ago and really enjoy learning about their culture, so this book ro
Kate Frantz
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: celtic-fantasy

I was a tad disappointed in Bright Empires (enjoyable, but not as epic as Pendragon or Albion), so when I saw a new series coming out I was hopeful - and I did well to put my hope in this book! It feels like a mixture of everything I love about Lawhead. It may not be AS legendary as Merlin, but it's just as exciting to read as Taliesin. I think Conor is a great hero to follow. It is unpredictable (I had a couple - wait, what?- moments) and the imagery is stunning as always.

Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of fantasy
Shelves: fantasy, library
A delightful mixture of Irish myth and legend involving a young man, Conon, wrongly exiled for theft. Along with a druid he and two stalwart friend from his tribe investigate whether a tribal king, Brecan of the Brigantes, has ambitions of becoming the High King. But Conor, after infiltrating his stronghold finds out there is more to Brecan's ambition than that. They also fight the villains, members of a people similar to Vikings or Saxons. When two of the three are badly injured they are taken ...more
Kevin Charman
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A new book series by Stephen Lawhead - one of my most favourite authors. Been looking forward to this book for a while, got it for Fathers Day - had to wait a few days before I could find time to start it - but then I had to be disciplined about putting it down - from very early on hooked by the characters and the developing story reminding me very much of the historical retellings of stories that Lawhead does so well. The only drawback - I got to the end too quickly and was left wanting the nex ...more
Barnabas Piper
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lawhead’s Celtic mythology/history is always a pleasure.
Eric Wilson
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lawhead takes us on a wild ride through old Ireland, as seen through the eyes of Conor, a marked young man who must overcome misunderstandings, banishment, and his own impetuous ways. There are battles and warriors and faeries. It's a deeply rooted, yet fantastical look at bygone days. And I loved every page of it. ...more
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fall into the ancient lands of Erin (Eirlandia) and become engrossed in Celtic myth and legend. Lawhead has a soothing, steady-paced voice which makes reading his stories a LONG TIME not noticed (until the book falls from your hand because you've gone to sleep in the early hours!)

This is the story of Conor, eldest son of a local King; not expected to take over because he has a facial mark which casts him as unworthy. However, he is a good warrior, and always tries his best; but at a meeting of a
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I didn't hate this book. I gave it two stars because it depended so much on the stupidity of other characters. I enjoyed the plot, the characters, and the world quite a bit but the entirety of the plot was based around a deception that was so easy to see through. It took away from the rest of the story because I kept thinking back to all the ways that the characters could've stopped the whole story from happening. ...more
Monica Davis
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars, rounded up to 5. Lawhead spins another wonderfully entertaining tale in this first book of a new series. Definitely moving on to the second book in the series and hoping for many more books to come.
Shawn Small
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The first time I read a novel by Stephen Lawhead was during a six-week hospital stay in 1992. A friend, knowing I needed an escape from the ache and despair that follows a head-on collision, sent me THE SONG OF ALBION trilogy. In a state of anguish I cracked open book one, The Paradise War, wondering if I even had the will to read. Within the first few paragraphs I found myself transported across time and space, landing firmly in the Celtic Otherworld; a world that captivated my spirit, baptized ...more
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2018
I think the thing I love the most about Lawhead's books is that in every book I read he transports me back (or forward) and until I put the book down I am right there with the character. He does the same It is the same in this book. The thing that really impressed me about this one was that there some elements to this book that are different than his others. He takes the reader down some different paths that in the past he hasn't necessarily avoided but just not used. I was surprised at how shor ...more
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed readng all of Stephen Lawhead's books and I enjoyed reading this one as well. Some of the character personalities were reminiscent of characters in Lord of the Rings. I would have given this book 5 stars but there were quite a few words that I didn't know. I didn't know if they were made up or actual archaic Irish / English words that I couldn't find a definition for. I did my best to put them in the context of the sentence. All-in-all it it was an enjoyable read and I look forwar ...more
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well written, I love a good Celtic story. I look forward to the next in the series.
Deborah O'Carroll
Another deftly woven tale by master storyteller Stephen R. Lawhead, this book is sure to enchant fans new and old alike. It certainly delighted me! It felt like coming home. A new favorite! There are usually a handful of books each year that I want to award six out of five stars, and this is one of them.

Lawhead’s Bright Empires books are some of my favorites ever, so I was extremely excited to finally dive into Eirlandia. And book one has so lived up to my hopes! I love it so much and I can’t wa
Adam Duclos
Jun 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, maps, ebook
‘Do you trust me?’ ‘I trust you as much as I trust any man.’ ‘Hmph! There speaks a suspicious man—a wary and skeptical man.’ ‘If so, perhaps I have earned my suspicions.’

Lawhead doing what he does best: light epic fantasy. A fun read with the right mix of protagonist stupidity and nobleness to hook epic fantasy fans. Fast paced and readable. Loosely based on the geography and history of Ireland.

‘Our lives may be forfeit, but Brecan must be stripped of power or he will become invincible—and all E
Tracey Dyck
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
Stephen Lawhead is a master at blowing fresh wind into the sails of classic fantasy adventures. This one had such a strong sense of place and time as it explored Eirlandia, a land of warring Celtic clans and faéry magic.

I loved our hero, Conor: headstrong, brave, snarky, and at times a little stupid. His best friends, Donal and Fergal, were hilarious and loyal to a fault. And then there's Madoc, the grouchy druid who's perhaps my favorite character.

Together, with several others they pick up alon
Jan 23, 2021 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF'd at 38%. I usually love Lawhead's stories, characters, and prose. I just couldn't get into this book. The pacing was wonky. The prose bland, and most of the characters reminded me far to much of what would happen if you threw Anakin, Loki, Achilles, and Odysseus in a blender. I wasn't enjoying the read, and I see no need to torture myself. The book was far to juvenile in feel and sound from how emotions and reactions were written for an adult best seller, and yet the prose was so academic s ...more
Sylvia McIvers
The Scálda are attacking the Irish.
Add two stars if you like the High Fantasy style of writing.

Connor's younger brother is jealous of him, and one of the Irish kings is colluding with the Scálda. The two circumstances run into each other and Connor is exiled. The Druids are also divided, is there anything they can do to save Ireland, and should they even be doing anything? What about the fairys, why are the Scálda kidnapping them - aside from the 'kidnap beautiful women' idea?

I realized by page
Dave Courtney
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I am a big Lawhead fan, so whatever bias might come from that I am perfectly okay with acknowledging up front. That said, while there are some really great moments and some genuine potential, In the Region of the Summer Stars is not his best work.

The concept itself I think is really good. The problem is the way he choses to structure the story. For example, for a good portion of the book we are expected to buy into the fact that Connor is a fierce and mighty warrior without knowing how or why h
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars A very good story... A much better series than his last one. Really enjoying the story of Conor and his friends...
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Not sure of the classification, but a pretty good story,: well-written, interesting plot, realistic characters. Will be looking for the sequels.
Amanda Hunsberger
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
I guess I just don't like Lawhead. 🤷‍♀️ ...more
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a good one. Took me a bit of time to get into but now I am looking forward to what comes next in the series.
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
True to form, Steven Lawhead weaves a tale of fantasy and adventure worth reading. Set in Eirlandia, he mixes historical fiction with legend to make a story that grabs you from the beginning. His characters are rich, the settings picturesque. He knows the history and legends well from the Celts. The only sadness is I must now wait til his 2nd book in the series releases.
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book! I can't wait for the next in the series ❤❤❤ ...more
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first Lawhead book I have picked up in years, and I can say that I’m glad I did. The story (early Ireland this time) is well paced and interesting, with just enough research for the historically interested, but with some of the fantastical as well. The story begins with a druidic curse and is mainly the story of one family clan and their reactions to the invasions from across the sea. This is the first in a new series and I will be interested to see where he takes it.
Jennie Webb
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved going to Eirlandia, and also back to Avalon, with Stephen Lawhead! (I've read all of his fiction books except for a few of the children's.) I really enjoyed the characters and the story, even if it does leave you hanging a bit at the end -I hope there will be a next one!! There are some surprising twists near/at the end, which I rather liked! :) I loved Conor, and also Rhiannon, though I wasn't sure how I'd feel about her at the beginning.
On the negative side, there is one really gruesom
Carl M. Hames
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exceptional and exciting

Steven has outdone himself yet again. Never a dull moment. Brilliant and lovable characters. The plot is memorizing. I am waiting anxiously for the next installment.
Henry McLaughlin
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An exciting fantasy anchored in the mists and myths of Ireland. The story world is a fascinating blend of humans and fae and druids battling against the brutal and barbaric Scalda who have invaded the land of Eirlandia. Outcast Conor mac Ardan may be the only one who can unite the people to fight. If he doesn't get killed by his own kind first.
The pace of the novel catches the reader up in the swirl of events without losing sight of the beautiful, almost magical, Eirlandia Mr. Lawhead has creat
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Stephen R. Lawhead is an internationally acclaimed author of mythic history and imaginative fiction. His works include Byzantium, Patrick, and the series The Pendragon Cycle, The Celtic Crusades, and The Song of Albion.

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Stephen was born in 1950, in Nebraska in the USA. Most of his early life was spent in America where he earned

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