In the Region of the Summer Stars by Stephen R. Lawhead is the start of an epic fantasy adventure series set in a realm rich in imagination and intrigue, and steeped in the wonder of the Celtic Otherworld. The isle of Eirlandia has been ravaged by the barbarian Sclda, who seek to conquer all. The High King has called for the warring clans and tribes of the Tuatha DeDanann to set aside their feuds and unite to fight to save their nation.Conor is the first-born son of the Celtic king Ardan mac Orsi. He should have been battlechief, but a birthmark casts him as unclean and that honor has fallen to his younger brother Liam. Conor is resigned to his fate, but wishes he could do something to earn his tribes respect.Sometimes wishes take unexpected turnswhen Conor is wrongly accused of theft and cast out of his tribe, he embarks on a dangerous mission to not only prove his innocence but to expose the treachery that led him on this path. He also seeks the ethereal beauty he saw being abducted by the Sclda. Convinced that she is no mortal woman, but one of the fary, Conor must find and rescue her.Because he knows that if the Sclda gain the secret of fary magic, they will conquer his homeland....
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In the Region of the Summer Stars (Eirlandia #1) Reviews
Stephen Lawhead has done it again. Another action packed "realistic fantasy" this time set in ancient Eirlandia (Ireland).
This first book in a new series introduces Conor mac Arden, the son of a minor king, who, because of an obvious birthmark, isn't able to take on his rightful role as the eldest son, but still has the knowledge, skills and innate ability to lead, with a bit of youthful impulsivity and naivete.
However, that impulsivity leads him on a path that spurs the adventure on.
He’s done it again. I have loved almost every book he’s written, but Stephen Lawhead should stick to Celtic epics, because he is undoubtedly the master. This one features the lovable hothead Conor. And while a passage reads, “Thus does the world change, not with a sword, but with a word”, having a sword in Conor’s hand certainly helps!
For lovers of bardic storytelling, deep characters, mysterious faerie magic, and immersive historical detail.
I am a big Lawhead fan, so whatever bias might come from that I am perfectly okay with acknowledging up front. That said, while there are some really great moments and some genuine potential, In the Region of the Summer Stars is not his best work.
The concept itself I think is really good. The problem is the way he choses to structure the story. For example, for a good portion of the book we are expected to buy into the fact that Connor is a fierce and mighty warrior without knowing how or why h ...more
So disappointed in this book. I’ve loved much of Lawheads content in the past. This book was slow and the storyline was nonsensical at times. There was never a flow to the book and I had to slog my way through it. There was a lot of potential but it just fell flat. Very flat.
I've never met a Lawhead book I didn't love. Review to come.
Stephen Lawhead returns to his Celtic mythology with the start of a new series. This one features Conor, a warrior who finds himself drawn into schemes and battles through the agencies of druids, invaders, plotters and finally the fairy folk. Nicely written, with lots of plot twists and a good deal of fun.