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The Words of Kings and Prophets
14 Sep 2023 * EBOOK * £6.99 * 9781803282657

The new historical fantasy adventure that intertwines traditional mythology with the eleventh-century wars in Ireland, by irish author Shauna Lawless.

Fiction / FM (Fantasy)
Extent: 416 pages  Illus: 1 map
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The Children of Gods and Fighting Men
Also in Gael Song series
The Words of Kings and ProphetsGael Song, 2by Shauna Lawless

The sequel to the critically acclaimed The Children of Gods and Fighting Men, The Words of Kings and Prophets is the powerful new historical fantasy novel by Shauna Lawless.

Ireland, 1000 AD. Gormflaith is unhappily married to Brian Boru, High King of Ireland, and although a queen she struggles with her limited position. As an immortal Fomorian with the secret gift of magic, Gormflaith has a burning desire: to find and destroy the hidden fortress of her sworn enemies, the Descendants, who seek to kill her kind at all costs. She begins to use her magical powers, and discovers she is more skilled than she ever realised... but can she control what she will become?

Meanwhile Fódla, the Descendants' healer, mourns her banished sister but clings to life as the guardian of her young nephew. She seeks a place of safety for them both, but he has secrets of his own that could threaten everything – and Fódla must do all in her power to keep him hidden away from those who would use him for evil.

When a mysterious man comes to King Brian's court, his presence could spell disaster or deliverance for both Gormflaith and Fódla – and for Ireland herself. For he is Tomas, an ambitious immortal with few scruples – and he will do anything to see his plans become reality.

Soon, mortals and immortals alike are drawn towards a bitter conflict that could decide the future of Ireland and all her people.

Reviewers on Shauna Lawless' GAEL SONG series:

'Gripping and beautiful. A Celtic Last Kingdom with wild magic and fierce heroines' Anna Smith Spark
'Highlander meets The Last Kingdom... I was hooked from page one' Anthony Ryan
'A beguiling blend of fantasy, history, and politics... Every turn of the page ratchets up the tension. To read this novel is to fall into a richly imagined web of lives' D.K. Fields

Shauna Lawless is an avid reader of Irish mythology and folklore. As an Irish woman, she loves that Irish mythology has inspired so many stories over the years, however, she wanted to explore the history and mythology of Ireland in a more authentic way. She lives in Northern Ireland with her family. Her debut novel, The Children of Gods and Fighting Men, has been critically acclaimed. The Words of Kings and Prophets is the second volume in the Gael Song trilogy. Follow Shauna on @shaunaLwrites shaunalawless.com

Ireland's answer to Game of Thrones.

Critically acclaimed Irish author with a passion for history and mythology.

Greek and Norse mythology and retellings are experiencing a resurgence – gap in the market for Irish mythology and history.

MARKET: E.J. Mellow; Genevieve Gornichec; H.M. Long; George R.R. Martin.


PRAISE FOR THE CHILDREN OF GODS AND FIGHTING MEN:
'A beguiling blend of fantasy, history, and politics... Every turn of the page ratchets up the tension. To read this novel is to fall into a richly imagined web of lives. A gripping start to this series' D.K. Fields.
'Gripping and beautiful. A Celtic Last Kingdom with wild magic and fierce heroines' Anna Smith Spark.
'Highlander meets The Last Kingdom as feuding clans of magical undying vie for control of tenth-century Ireland in this assured and captivating debut. Themes of motherhood and conflicted obligation lie at the heart of Shauna Lawless's historical fantasy, explored through the eyes of two powerful women compelled to navigate a land where men hold sway, or think they do. I was hooked from page one'
Anthony Ryan

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