Authors: S. L. Farrell
Tags: #Fantasy, #Young Adult, #Science Fiction
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High Praise for
Holder of Lightning
“Farrell’s formidably long and richly detailed fantasy debut launches a new series that’s sure to delight fans of Celtic fiction. Much intrigue involving a multitude of mostly well-drawn characters and little bloodshed make for a relatively leisurely plot by the standards of this subgenre. Powerful scenes of magic-wielding and the vividly depicted Celtic society, though, should hook persistent readers, who will be glad for the glossary of character and place names, a guide to the Daoine calender, a list of the holders of the Lámh Shábhála and more at the end of this challenging book.”—
“Besides great, fast-paced fun, full of politicking and betrayal, Farrell’s tale is a tragic love story with a surprisingly satisfying ending.”—
“Portraying a young woman’s journey to self-acceptance and self-mastery, Farrell’s first novel, a series opener, will particularly appeal to fans of Celtic-based fantasy.”
“Farrell weaves Celtic lore with elements of epic fantasy to create a rich and imaginative world in this first book in a new fantasy series,
. Despite the occasional derivative notes in the plot—readers will be reminded of that granddaddy of fantasy,
The Lord of the Rings
—the book still has the power to capture the reader with its entertaining blend of Celtic magic, heroic and romantic characters, and dynamic plot. This series opener is recommended for libraries with strong fantasy collections and is sure to be popular with teen fantasy devotees, who will eagerly await the next book.—
“An absorbing tale full of wonders, largely self-contained despite being only the first in a series.”—
Copyright © 2003 by Stephen Leigh
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DAW Book Collectors No. 1243
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This one’s for Devon
who made me write a “real” fantasy
And for Denise, who is part of all that I do.
My appreciation to Padraic Lavin, Treasa Lavin, Daragh O’-Reilly and Johnny Towey, who comprise the musical group OSNA, whose self-titled CD
(Celtic Note, CNCD 1002) I purchased while in Ireland. Whenever I wanted some special inspiration or needed to fall into the mood of the novel, I put their CD in the player. I’ve been unable to find any other recordings by this group in the U.S., but this is one fine effort. Thank you for the sonic inspiration! You can find Celtic Note at
on the internet.
And while I’m mentioning the music which was always playing in the background, I should also give a nod to Capercaillie and Cherish The Ladies, groups that also found quite a lot of time on the CD player during the course of the writing.
THE CELTIC WAY OF LIFE by the Curriculum Development Unit (The O’Brien Press Ltd., 1998) is a small but interesting book giving an overview of daily life among the Celtic people of Ireland, and it served as a quick source of inspiration for some of the aspects of life in the fictional Talamh an Ghlas.
For a more detailed and in-depth look, THE COURSE OF IRISH HISTORY by Professors T.W. Moody and F.X. Martin (Roberts Reinhart Publishers, 1995) proved invaluable. The book is essential reading for anyone interested in a detailed and well-researched overview of the history of Ireland.
My apologies in advance to speakers of Irish Gaelic. Through the book, I have borrowed several terms from Irish and though I’ve made my best attempt, any mistakes in usage are my own and are due to my limited understanding of the language.
Many thanks to Sheila Gilbert for seeing the story and loving it, and for making me part of the “family” at DAW.
If you’re connected to the internet, my web page can be accessed from
—you’re always welcome to browse through.
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