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In the Bleak Midwinter (Saga of the Latter-Day Celts #2) In The Bleak Midwinter Extends The Dramatic Story Begun In Eirelan The Great And Bloody Battle Of Mhisteala Saved The Province From The Ghaoth Aduaidh, And The Santander Sea Raiders Have Been Defeated, But Now A New And Dangerous Germanic Enemy, The Norfrielanders, Is Threatening The Entire Celtic World With Conquest And Enslavement Join Feth, Sean, Conor, Padraic, Mairin, Liadan, Uinseann, Richard, Arvel, And All The Rest As Their Saga Of Cultural Survival Continues Amidst The Bitter Cold Of Winter

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  • In the Bleak Midwinter (Saga of the Latter-Day Celts #2)
  • Liam O'Shiel
  • English
  • 14 August 2019
  • 9781523928026

10 thoughts on “In the Bleak Midwinter (Saga of the Latter-Day Celts #2)

  1. says:

    There are only mild spoilers minor plot points within this review and nothing that will detract from a reader s enjoyment of the novel The second instalment of Liam O Shiel s Saga of Latter Day Celts, In the Bleak Midwinter, takes place not too long after the events of the saga s first novel, Eirelan Like the first, most chapters in the book are dedicated to a different character as they traverse the Celtic world and beyond.There are four main arcs woven throughout the novel s 628 pages The first concerns the threat of war from Old Germany the Norfrielanders , which sees many of our characters shipped off on a diplomatic expedition with the hopes of halting the impending attack The second storyline centres on the Norfrielanders themselves as they navigate the treacherous waters of the North Sea and the Atlantic hoping a surprise attack on their Celtic enemies will pay off The third story arc centres on Feth and her band of travellers as they make the dangerous trek to Leap Castle, a castle in the heart of midland Eirelan rumoured to hold the world s largest remaining library The fourth and last thread follows Eirelan s famous explorer Oran as he mounts a daring rescue mission to liberate Bethia s mother and brother who are held captive in Limerick.With so many storylines to get through it is a testament to Liam O Shiel that the book as a whole flows brilliantly through each characters point of view without confusing or slowing the reader down Sometimes whilst reading my only criticism if even it can be called that is that I wished to spend time with a certain character s adventure before moving on Out of the four main story arcs mentioned above the only one I wasn t particularly invested in was Oran s There was nothing wrong with it per se, it didn t drag and moved along at a pace matching the others, but aside from Oran I just didn t warm to the other three characters in his party and felt the storyline was mainly filler up until Oran began his journey to Tralee My favourite story arc out of the four would be Feth s journey to Leap Castle as well as the Celts adventures on the sea, but really anytime the story diverged to Liadan, Padraic, Uinseann, Rionach etc I enjoyed it even Perhaps because I read this book in winter, in Ireland I felt of a connection to the stories that took place within the towns and villages of the Province and beyond I could relate to what was written and felt at home reading about the family every day life of the people trying to survive on the island.Only a few choices made by characters came off as contrived to further the plot and set up storylines that will carry through to the third book most of which took place in the last chapters of the book Feth s Dublin excursion, Connor s choice to send Sean back to the pier, Derdre and Keegan s misfortune but on the whole I thought most of the storylines worked well and were satisfying by the completion of the book.The advantage of a series of novels is that once the groundwork is laid in the first book it s simply a matter of building upon, and fleshing out the existing characters So it was of no surprise that most of the character s felt real, relatable and well rounded As stated above the only characters I didn t particularly care for were Oran s companions Bradaigh, Bethia and Sloane which is inconsequential because their storyline wasn t directly involved with the main arc of the Norfrielanders and I would hazard a guess that they wont play any real role in the future of the saga so it s of no real loss Of course it goes without saying that I didn t like the Norfrielanders, for the simple reason that they are the enemy of this book, so I was surprised that there was a great deal of time devoted to their point of view, a point of view I didn t particularly care to hear about or sympathise with, although by the end of their arc there is some optimism and I hope it will play out as I imagine it should.The biggest problem I had with the novel and it s of a geographical thing, so it wont apply to everyone was that the book was written in American English rather than British Irish English with words phrases such as sidewalk, mom, hot biscuits, fall instead of autumn , puke and date format Ireland UK uses DD MM YYYY whereas this book adopts the American MM DD YYYY I know this is a really small thing and it s completely understandable given the author is American so can t be reprimanded for writing in his native language and for American s reading this book they ll not even know that anything is amiss, but it was something just big enough to take me out of the book when I noticed it which was a shame, however, it wasn t big enough to detract from my overall enjoyment of the novel.One thing I ve said to myself many times throughout reading both books is that this saga could rival that of Game of Thrones and Black Sails in terms of scope and drama It would be an epic TV series if someone decided to make it Both books in the saga so far are so visual and detailed that you can t help but envision these stories being brought to life through TV I really hope one day I will get to watch these stories as I feel the quality of the work supports it entirely.Overall I thought this book was a brilliant and a worthy follow up to 2011 s Eirelan I felt it moved the storyline along at a great pace and once you get used to the change in storyline with each chapter it is a real pleasure to read, so much so I barely noticed the page count the same I can say for it s predecessor I can only hope that the third instalment, The Blood Upon the Rose, will be released soon If you ve read Eirelan you must definitely continue and read In the Bleak Midwinter If you haven t read Eirelan at all then you must

  2. says:

    This book was a long book but I m glad I read it acgreat story a must read

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