Bard: The Odyssey of the Irish

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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 155.19 x 234.19 x 28.45mm | 449.06g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0765334887
  • 9780765334886
  • 781,525

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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
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About Morgan Llywelyn

Since 1980, award-winning author 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. Her books include historical fiction such as The Irish Century series and Grania (basis for the Broadway musical The Pirate Queen); award-winning historical fantasies like The Horse Goddess, Bard: The Odyssey Of The Irish, and the New York Times-bestselling Lion of Ireland; and science fiction thrillers such as Drop by Drop. She is an Irish citizen and lives in Dublin.
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2,028 ratings
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3 20% (404)
2 2% (50)
1 1% (15)
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