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Master of Earth and Water (The Chronicle of Fionn mac Cumhal)

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This first chronicle of Fionn mac Cumhall tells the story of Ireland's greatest hero, left alone at a tender age to seek his true identity in lands perilous and strange, unaware of mysterious parentage & remarkable destiny.
Paperback, 395 pages
Published June 1st 1994 by Avon Books (first published 1993)
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Nicholas Whyte[return][return]This is a fairly fat novel, dealing entirely with the boyhood deeds of Finn MacCool and concluding with the only incident I can remember from the original legend (the cooking of the Salmon of Wisdom). It is a good effort, a Bildungsroman about a character with superhuman powers, and with unusual care taken to avoid anachronism - no Christian-era personal names, no potatoes, not too much wishful thinking about how perfect and emancipated pagan ...more
Dec 18, 2014 James rated it really liked it
I bought this when I was in elementary school. I was easily distracted and forgot all about this book. I found it a recently (almost 20 years later) and I loved it. Great story telling and a nice blend of otherworld culture and understandable language. This book is the beginnings of the Hero Fionna Mac Cumhal. Long before he realizes his true potential but still a champion even at a young age. I recommend giving this a try even if you aren't a die hard fantasy reader.
Jan 28, 2011 James rated it really liked it
This is a great trilogy by one of my favorite authors. A mystical story based on Irish mythology follows the life of a mortal born boy who is destined to be the bridge between the worlds of men and spirits. His life's quest is to keep peace between the clans of men while keeping the gods of the spirit side from destroying the world of men.

Seth still has all 3 or these books that I let him borrow back in 2001. You done reading them yet, Seth?
Jan 24, 2012 Victoria rated it really liked it
Prequel to the story of Eire's hero Finn mac Cool. Well written, realistic emotions. Lovely to have magic in tales of the distant past. Perhaps we read these because we miss the feeling of magic in our everyday, technological lives.

Darn, just discovered it's one of a series that I'm sure not to read. *sigh*
Nov 23, 2008 Jcwblackstone rated it liked it
Its a fantasy set in dark ages Ireland, its very interesting, more so with the references to names and locations than the story itself.
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You do not get bored, it keeps you on your toes.
May 09, 2009 Mariah marked it as to-read
Diana Paxson's retelling of Fionn MacCumhal's saga
Dec 14, 2008 Chris rated it liked it
The whole series is a re-telling of Irish Legend. If you have read her series based on the Ring cycle, you should check this out as well.
Bill Tillman
A very good novel, perhaps a tad to graphic on intimate relationships for my taste but otherwise an excellent tale.
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Diana L. Paxson (born 1943) is a novelist and author of nonfiction, primarily in the fields of Paganism and Heathenism. Her published works include fantasy and historical fiction novels, as well as numerous short stories. More recently she has also published nonfiction books about Pagan and Heathen religions and practices.

In addition to her multiple novels and collaborations, she has written over
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