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King. Warrior. Lover. 

Brian Boru was stronger, braver, and wiser than all other men-the greatest king Ireland has ever known. Out of the mists of the country's most violent age, he merged to lead his people to the peak of their golden era. 

His women were as remarkable as his adventures: Fiona, the druidess with mystical powers; Deirdre, beautiful victim of a Norse invader's brutal lust; Gormlaith, six-foot, red-haired goddess of sensuality. 

Set against the barbaric splendors of the 10th century, Lion of Ireland is a story rich in truth and legend-in which friends become deadly enemies, bedrooms turn into battlefields, and dreams of glory are finally fulfilled.

©1981 Morgan Llywelyn (P)2020 Tantor

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Beautifully crafted story exploring Brian Ború

I really enjoyed this tale and I loved the description of characters and events. The characters really came to life and I loved how the author navigated through the story telling it from each characters viewpoint. The story gave a fascinating insight into what Brian Ború may have been like. I have a greater understanding into why the name Brian Boru is associated with that of one Ireland's Heroes. I didn't know much about home before listening to this book and thoroughly enjoyed finding out more about him. I will definitely be reading one of Morgan Llwelyn's books in the future. Although I won't be listening to it on audio. The narrator misprounced several Irish words and names throughout the story. As a speaker of the language it really grated on my ears. It's such a shame given the wealth of knowledge and research put into this book by the author.

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Brian Boru ... King of Ireland....Loved it.

It's so refreshing to listen to Irish history instead of the dominated English history... Excellent book, would love loads more like it. The only problem with it is the narrator's constant mispronunciation of Irish names, town lands, etc. otherwise loved it.

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  • Vincent Burnett
  • 17-06-20

Author rewrites history.

The author makes up stuff in Brian's story to promote her paganism. Brian was a Christian king, but the author makes up stuff to present him as embracing druidism. Christianity is excellence! Deal with it pagans.

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  • Happymom25
  • 31-08-20

History alive!

Thoroughly enjoyed this rich telling of the story of Brian Boru! Having visited the locations mentioned, the now hold more meaning to me.

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  • Donna
  • 26-08-20

I'm giving up - 53 minutes from the end...

I have worked and worked to try and get through this book but I just can't. It is a very long and rambling story of, basically, the unifying of Ireland. I usually really like those kinds of books but this was just on and on of campaigns, battles, allies, enemies, etc. etc. Typically when I have trouble following complex geography, names, families and the like, I will relisten to passages to get it all straight because it makes me crazy to be confused in a book. I realized with this book, it didn't really seem to matter. I'm sure there are people to whom this book will really appeal. It just wasn't for me. I did really like the narrator - his voices were good and the accents very authentic.

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  • Christopher Brown
  • 06-08-20

Poor Narration

This narrator...the voices they chose for the characters were just such a bad fit it was extremely irritating.