Morgan Llywelyn weaves Irish mythology, historical elements, and ancient places in the Irish landscape to create a riveting tale of migration, loss, and transformation.
And she does. Blurbage is often misleading, but, not here. As skillfully as any ancient bard, Llywelyn takes the tales of Lebor Gabála Érenn (The Book of the Taking of Ireland or The Book of Invasions), and weaves them together with wonder and ruin into a stirring, absorbing narrative of the epic struggle between the Children of Milesios and the Children of Light. Amergin himself couldn’t have done better.
For centuries uncounted, peace and beauty reigned on the island we now call Ireland. The ancient Túatha Dé Danann lived as one with their adopted homeland and with its other inhabitants. But then come the Gaels from Iberia, bringing war and death. Chaos and destruction follow, but not all is lost, and not only the stones survive.
Only the Stones Survive is a riveting novel written with Morgan Llywelyn’s consummate skill. I have her After Rome in my TBR pile. It just got moved closer to the top.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars