The Greener Shore

The Greener Shore

A Novel of the Druids of Hibernia

Book - 2006
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As druids in Celtic Gaul, they had been the harmonious soul of their tribe. But when Julius Caesar and his army invaded and conquered their homeland, the great druid Ainvar and his clan fled for their lives, taking with them the ancient knowledge. Guided by a strange destiny, they found themselves drawn to a green island at the very rim of the world: Hibernia, home of the Gael.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine, c2006.
ISBN: 9780345477668
Characteristics: 301 p. ;,24 cm.


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Very poorly written, simplistic plot and underdeveloped characters. Clearly relying on an earlier tome to pull us through so this story does not stand on its own. There is no soul in the story and no reason to read any more of her books.

Jul 31, 2007

Whatever I found lacking in this novel's predecessor,Druids, has been aged to perfection in the years since the first novels appearance. This one was so well told and well formed, I can only say I just kept dreading the end. It felt like a story becoming myth as it was unfolding for me. I could go on for pages about what I liked in this book, but surely one thing I ought to mention is how wonderfully Llywelyn weaves the ancient Celtic teachings into the narrative as it is being related. Ainvar proves a worthy vehicle (as a character) to transmit this knowledge. Knowledge still, and perhaps even more,useful to us in the dark days of the 21st century as we come ever closer to paying the awful price for our separation from nature, the greatest teacher of them all.
There is much truth in fiction if you know where to look, and though she does not burden the reader with these gems, they are there to be pondered. Though I rarely say this, this book is too good to be read only once. I really, really hope she continues this tale into the next generation, though that would mean parting with characters to dear to consider having to say goodbye to! Very highly recommended.

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