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3.35  ·  Rating Details  ·  158 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
In the early days of the Roman Empire, as the Romans are expanding their rule and the noble Etruscan civilization in Italy is waning, a young Etruscan noblewoman is violated by a renegade supernatural being. Accidentally impregnated, she bears a child who is partly supernatural and grows to manhood in only six years. Separated from his mother, he travels to Rome and is ado ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Tor Books (first published 2000)
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Apr 11, 2016 KiplingKat rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Now don't get me wrong, the story is great. Reading at face value I thoroughly enjoyed it. Good characters, good "coming of age" story, great incorporation of the mythical elements. A very enjoyable book, a fun Saturday read. My only nit picks are a historian's pedantism.

I read Morgan Llewelyn's Red Branch (her version of the legend of Cu' Culainn) yonks ago. Back when I was a teenager, I think. It was very entertaining and made me very curious about the legend itself, which set me off on resear
Jan 07, 2016 Andy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a hard review considering the I generally like Morgan Llywelyn's books. However, this did not live up to the standard she has consistently delivered in other titles. The best description of this book is shallow. There is not much information on the culture of the Etruscans (besides the focus on the Dying) and little actual description for the Teutmetians or the Romans. The Ais are little more than a plot device, with only one of the Ais getting more than a brief cameo (and even this rol ...more
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Apr 21, 2016 Marc Pronovost rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Begginers, to entice teenagers to read more?
The book didn't live up to my expectations. It's a classic novel based on the myths of the Etruscans. The myths aren't really profoundly explained and the authors only brush a basic portrait of it all. As I've been told, the authors do a much better job with other cultural groups. Don't really bother reading this book if you're interested in learning more about the Etruscans, or the Romans, or any other group. This is not really a historic novel - I've even felt that this was more written for ch ...more
Sep 28, 2009 Ron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Fantasy, not historical fiction. Not bad and not badly done.
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Aug 17, 2014 Emily Finch rated it it was amazing
i found a beat up old copy of this book in a box in my grammas basement and thought it looked interesting... started reading and couldn't put it down. this has become one of my favorite reads.
Jan 07, 2016 Dan rated it really liked it
A little superficial but still a fun read.
Feb 07, 2015 Jeanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, fantasy
I really enjoyed this. I found myself caught up quickly in the character's lives & had a hard time putting it down. Very good.
Oct 27, 2009 Mary rated it did not like it
Twice I tried to read this book and just couldn't get through it. I loved her Irish books and wanted to like this one, but the story just never grabbed me.
Kristen Gurri
Too much fantasy with the fiction and a little too much dribble. Just couldn't do it. Plus, the cover art was embarrassing to explain to the kids.
Feb 08, 2012 Tara rated it did not like it
What a disappointment. I couldn't wait for it to end.
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Morgan Llywelyn (born 1937) is an American-born Irish author best known for her historical fantasy, historical fiction, and historical non-fiction. Her fiction has received several awards and has sold more than 40 million copies, and she herself is recipient of the 1999 Exceptional Celtic Woman of the Year Award from Celtic Women International.
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