Bard: The Odyssey of the Irish
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Bard: The Odyssey of the Irish

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This story follows Amergin, druid and chief bard of the Galicians, a group of Celts living in Iberia during the fourth century BC. After years of decline, the Galicians hope that the unexpected arrival of Phoenician traders, led by Age-Nor, will help restore their prosperity. Unfortunately, neither side has anything worth trading. At a reception in the Heroes' Hall, Age-Nor is attacked by Amergin's brothers, and the druid uses his bardic talent to entrance his murderous sibling, thus saving Age-Nor. Age-Nor rewards Amergin, despite the bard's vehement protests, by giving him a servant, a shipwright named Sakkar, and regaling him with a tale of a fabled land to the north, Ierne. After a series of mishaps and bad decisions, the tribe builds a series of ships with the help of Sakkar, and sets sail. But when they arrive on Ierne, they are confronted by a mysterious people who will one day fuel legend and myth: the Tuatha De Danann, People of the Goddess Danu.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 28mm | 439.99g
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0765334887
  • 9780765334886
  • 1,152,549

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-Magic and words and war. It makes for a wonderful book.- --The Washington Post-By deftly reworking Ireland's ancient myths and legends, Morgan Llywelyn has made Bard ring with Celtic spirit.- --Los Angeles Times-She brings the legends of Ireland to life and presents us with characters who are living, breathing individuals, with all the strengths and weaknesses of the humans who walk the earth today.- --Irish Echo-A stunning novel that brilliantly evokes the times and the people... a full-bodied historical novel sure to be savored by many.- --Booklist-The most intriguing of [Lywelyn's] warrior/mystic/romance concoctions.- --Kirkus Reviews "Magic and words and war. It makes for a wonderful book." --The Washington Post"By deftly reworking Ireland's ancient myths and legends, Morgan Llywelyn has made Bard ring with Celtic spirit." --Los Angeles Times"She brings the legends of Ireland to life and presents us with characters who are living, breathing individuals, with all the strengths and weaknesses of the humans who walk the earth today." --Irish Echo"A stunning novel that brilliantly evokes the times and the people... a full-bodied historical novel sure to be savored by many." --Booklist"The most intriguing of [Lywelyn's] warrior/mystic/romance concoctions." --Kirkus Reviews Magic and words and war. It makes for a wonderful book. "The Washington Post" By deftly reworking Ireland's ancient myths and legends, Morgan Llywelyn has made "Bard" ring with Celtic spirit. "Los Angeles Times" She brings the legends of Ireland to life and presents us with characters who are living, breathing individuals, with all the strengths and weaknesses of the humans who walk the earth today. "Irish Echo" A stunning novel that brilliantly evokes the times and the people... a full-bodied historical novel sure to be savored by many. "Booklist" The most intriguing of [Lywelyn's] warrior/mystic/romance concoctions. "Kirkus Reviews"" "Magic and words and war. It makes for a wonderful book."--"The Washington Post ""By deftly reworking Ireland's ancient myths and legends, Morgan Llywelyn has made "Bard" ring with Celtic spirit."--"Los Angeles Times ""She brings the legends of Ireland to life and presents us with characters who are living, breathing individuals, with all the strengths and weaknesses of the humans who walk the earth today."--"Irish Echo" "A stunning novel that brilliantly evokes the times and the people... a full-bodied historical novel sure to be savored by many." --"Booklist ""The most intriguing of [Lywelyn's] warrior/mystic/romance concoctions." --"Kirkus Reviews"show more

About Morgan Llywelyn

Since 1980 Morgan Llywelyn has created an entire body of work chronicling the Celts and Ireland, from the earliest times to the present day. Her critically-acclaimed novels, both of history and of mythology, have been translated into many languages. She is an Irish citizen and lives in Dublin.show more

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2,028 ratings
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4 38% (771)
3 20% (404)
2 2% (50)
1 1% (15)
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