Over four hundred years before the birth of Christ, the island of Ériu is a patchwork of feuding kingdoms, wide plains, and impassable bogs. Battle, intrigue, betrayals, and courage are part of life for the Celts who call Ériu home, while from their underground halls the mysterious aes sidhe seduce brave warriors, turning men in to kings and binding them with fearsome geis.
Conall Mac Gabhann is content with his apprenticeship to the local blacksmith. Content, that is, until his family is slaughtered in their home.
Two men share responsibility for the massacre: a mad Irish king and a dissolute Roman. Conall will have his vengeance on both, or die in the attempt.
Accompanied by his childhood friend Brion ó Cathasaigh and the veteran warrior Fearghal ó Maoilriain, Conall’s hunt takes him northward through unfriendly kingdoms and treacherous bogs to a confrontation beyond the ancient earthworks of the Black Pig’s Dyke.
Along the way, Conall will gather an army, and come to the attention of the aes sidhe. An apprentice blacksmith could become a king with their help—if he so desires.
Conall: The Place of Blood is an epic, historical tale set in Ireland. It is an action packed story from beginning to end and its energy and excitement does not let up once. The fact that this is a historical novel meant that I was instantly sold, plus, I am half Irish so how could I not be captured by this novel!
Our story focuses on a young man named Conall Mac Gabhann in 400 B.C. Conall is the son of a blacksmith in a small community in south eastern Ireland. Everything seems to be perfect in his idyllic little village but times were different back then and invaders could swoop in at anytime and this very thing happened when Conall was away from home on a hunting trip. He returns from his hunting trip with his fellow hunters to discover that his village has been attacked and all its residents slaughtered; including Conall’s beloved parents.
Conall decides to wage war against the very people who done this so he gathers an army, made up of fellow villagers who want revenge, as well as neighboring nobles, a priestess and a spartan. Together, step by step they will rage war all over Ireland whilst Conall vows to avenge their deaths no matter the cost and this is where our epic historical tale begins.
Our novel is a bloody, detailed, graphic affair with many heart-stopping descriptions of epic battles. Our author David H. Millar has painted a very vivid picture of the life and death struggles faced by warriors in the archaic period and that was beautiful to read. This story is ambitious and focuses on much more than fighting and revenge alone. It is an intimate look into a time we have not experienced and is very telling of what it was like to live in that time period.
Millar is a fantastic writer and his work is extremely well-written and entertaining. Not only is the story line intriguing with an interesting premise but it also gives the reader a great glimpse into another time period which makes this novel a gripping, unforgettable tale.
To conclude I would say if you adore historical fiction laced with epic battles and heart/revenge then you will adore this novel! This epic tale gets Four Stars from me!
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