Only the Stones Survive takes readers into an ancient, Celtic fantasy world. On the island of Eire lives an ancient, peaceful, magic tribe named Tuatha Dé Danann. Their peaceful nature has made them a bit reclusive and they shun visitors or invaders. Joss is a young man within the tribe who narrates this tale. Their peaceful existence is crudely interrupted when a boat full of people from Iberia arrive to make a new life on Eire. This tribe are more barbarians, ready to fight, with a more savage mentality. And so begins a tale of two cultures who conflict head on. Neither culture is perfect or imperfect in characteristic. Gradually, life becomes more harsh, more violent, more tragic.
Filled with lovely prose and colorful descriptions, the author's vivid imagination creates a world filled with fascination. There are many characters to keep track of which I found very challenging, and to tell you the truth, I nearly set the book aside out of frustration. But I am a big fan of Morgan Llewelyn so I persevered. I'm glad I did because when I realized that the story was not about the characters but about what happens when two different cultures struggle to live side by side with all their vast differences, that I found my stride and understood the meaning behind the story. It is very much a tale of survival, of change, of adaptation. A challenging, but satisfying read!
Thank you to the author and publisher. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1029 KB
- Print Length: 302 pages
- Publisher: Forge Books (5 January 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ZOHBTXQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 42 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #671,758 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)