Have a look at the lovely new review from Anna Bennett at the Historical Novel Society!
Sixth-century Ireland springs to life in Christy Nicholas’ Age of Saints, a tapestry of historical detail woven with Irish fairy tales and folklore. Conall is a 17-year-old boy with a sister he loves, a stepfather whose temper he attempts to avoid, and a magical brooch his father left in his care before disappearing in the night. When stepfather Sétna’s violence reaches unprecedented heights, Conall and his sister, Lainn, run for their lives, beginning an adventure that will take them further than either could imagine. Surviving the perilous winter conditions will be just the start: from a Faerie Queen and the maddening tricks of her people to the unpredictable consequences of each decision they make along the way, Conall and Lainn will need to rely on their wits, survival skills, and the mysterious magic of a Druid’s brooch.
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On his deathbed, Conall’s father makes him promise to always take care of his little sister, Lainn. With her laughter, she can sing the bees from their hives and make the morning sun sparkle in the winter. He loves Lainn with all his heart, and will do anything to protect her, even without a promise to his father.
Between an abusive step-father, a powerful Faerie Queen, and a maddened Fae Lord, every decision Conall makes seems to be the wrong one. Starvation, imprisonment, madness, and disfigurement plagues them. Even when he tries following his heart, it turns to disaster.
Can Conall correct his mistakes and save Lainn’s life and soul?
Will it cost him his own?