Saturday, March 7, 2015

The Crow of Connemara - Stephen Leigh

The Crow of Connemara
Stephen Leigh
DAW, Mar 3 2015, $25.95
ISBN: 9780756409371

Encouraged by his maternal Aunt Patty, third generation American Colin Doyle wanted to explore the Old Country’s music, but his father adamantly told him to never go to Ireland.  When his father suffers a heart attack that leaves him in the Cardiac ICU, Colin returns to Chicago from the university to see him, his mom, two older siblings and his aunt.  Upon his dad’s death and ignoring his father’s wishes, Colin travels to Ireland to seek the woman who has haunted his dreams.

Knowing the Old Ones are dying, Maeve Gallagher the Oileánach seeks the right bard to preserve their heritage.  She believes he resides across the Atlantic, but her reaching out to him when he sleeps has not gotten him to come to her and Eire until now.  When Maeve and Colin meet in person for the first time, she knows he is the chosen one and he realizes she has been the star of many of his dreams.  As they travel together to Oileánach Island, evil stirs wanting to escape their imprisonment underneath the land.

The Crow of Connemara is a fabulous Celtic fantasy in which the ancient and modern worlds overlap through the lead couple.  Once the hero arrives in the Old Country, this novel turns into a wonderfully complex tale.  Upon stepping onto Oileánach alongside astonished Colin, readers will marvel at the vividness of Leigh’s realm as much as the gripping plot. 

Harriet Klausner

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