A great new review by Thomas Howley of Call of the Morrigú is now live on the Historical Novel Society webpage!
It’s 1798, a particularly tense time in always rebellious English-occupied Ireland. However, the troubles haven’t yet reached the country estate of Strokestown in County Roscommon. Theodosia “Dosie” Latimer and her sickly but always curious grandfather, Reginald, who runs the estate, are set on exploring and finding out what ancient Irish historical artifacts may be under mysterious mounds on the property. Incredibly, they unearth a long-buried and now rejuvenated war goddess from pre-Christian Ireland’s mythical past.
Morrígan is tall, strong, beautiful and entrancing. She’s also imperious and seemingly always angry at the state of 18th-century Ireland, especially at the presence of English invaders. Poor Dosie must try to tame and educate this mythical figure while simultaneously dealing with a dubious aristocratic fiancé, the declining health of her beloved grandfather, her insane and bedridden mother, and the oncoming storm of a war of liberation. As she and Morrígan are inevitably drawn into this battle, Dosey discovers the phenomenal strength that has always been untapped within her.
This is a charming and brilliant novel combining fascinating mythology and genuine history. The female characters are almost all formidable, interesting and sometimes even humorous. My only quibble is the total lack of a single strong male character. Even the few men who are positively portrayed are either mentally or physically weak. That said, the author’s prose and storytelling talent sparkle throughout. The second half of the book is particularly riveting as mythical Morrígan becomes an integral and imaginative feature in the genuine and tragic history of the 1798 Irish rebellion. I strongly recommend this book and keenly hope this is the first in a series featuring this enticing goddess of war.
In related news, Call of the Morrigú has been honored as a Discovered Diamond!
I write historical fantasy novels, mostly set in Ireland, and a contemporary romance based on my parents’ 30-year search for true love. Don’t miss information on Celtic myth and history, as well as practical travel planning tips, and hidden places, in my travel books.
- Call of the Morrigú – Historical fantasy set in 1797 Ireland.
- The Enchanted Swans– Historical fantasy set in 500 BCE Ireland, based on The Children of Lir, an Irish Fairy Tale.
- Better To Have Loved– Contemporary romance based on the true story of my parents’ 30-year search for love
- Legacy of Hunger– Historical fantasy set in 1846 Ireland. Druid’s Brooch #1 (Now available in PRINT!)
- Legacy of Truth– Historical fantasy set around 1800 Ireland. Druid’s Brooch #2
- Legacy of Luck – Historical fantasy set in 1745 Ireland and Scotland. Druid’s Brooch #3
- Misfortune of Vision – Historical fantasy set in 12th century Ireland. Druid’s Brooch #4 (release date January 2018)
- Misfortune of Song – Historical fantasy set in 12th century Ireland. Druid’s Brooch #5 (On contract)
- Misfortune of Time – Historical fantasy set in 11th century Ireland. Druid’s Brooch #6 (first draft)
- Turlough’s Tale – Short Story in The Druid’s Brooch series, set ten years before Legacy of Luck.
- Stunning, Strange and Secret: A Guide to Hidden Scotland
- Mythical, Magical, Mystical: A Guide to Hidden Ireland
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