Bending the Boyne

  • by J. S. Dunn
  • Narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Circa 2200 BCE: Changes rocking the Continent reach Eire with the dawning Bronze Age. Well before any Celts, marauders invade the island seeking copper and gold. The young astronomer Boann and the enigmatic Cian need all their wits and courage to save their people and their great Boyne mounds, when long bronze knives challenge the peaceful native starwatchers. Banished to far coasts, Cian discovers how to outwit the invaders at their own game. Tensions on Eire between new and old cultures and between Boann, Elcmar, and her son Aengus, ultimately explode. What emerges from the rubble of battle are the legends of Ireland's beginnings in a totally new light.
Larger than myth, this tale echoes with medieval texts, and cult heroes modern and ancient. By the final temporal twist, factual prehistory is bending into images of leprechauns who guard Eire's gold for eternity. As ever, the victors will spin the myths.
This story appeals to fans of solid historical fiction, myth and fantasy, archaeo-astronomy, and Bronze Age Europe.
Bending the Boyne draws on 21st century archaeology to show the lasting impact when early metal mining and trade take hold along north Atlantic coasts. Carved megaliths and stunning gold artifacts, from the Pyrenees up to the Boyne, come to life in this researched historical fiction.
Awarded first place, Next Generation Indie Awards 2011 (USA). Nominated for Foreword Book of the Year Award (historical fiction); to be announced June 2012.

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What the Critics Say

"Bang-on with the latest archaeological debates." (Peter Clark, MIFA, Director, The Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Canterbury, Kent, UK)

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Entertaining story

I bought this purely because Tim Gerard Reynolds is such a good reader. However, I'm really glad I did because this is an interesting book. Dunn has taken the archaeological evidence from man's early history (the baddies are the Beaker people) and used it to create a story that's at least partly based on the facts. It is part love story, part adventure and part science, in that characters regularly discuss their lives in a way that is clearly based on the archaeology Dunn has seen. There's also a lot about the stars.
If you are expecting Game of Thrones, you will be disappointed because it's not that exciting, violent or complex, but it is a nice story and Dunn manages to get you to care about the characters. There is also a lot about the environment, notably that mankind has destroyed it since his earliest days.
I very much enjoyed it, and learned something.
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- Beartown Boy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-09-2012
  • Publisher: Seriously Good Books LLC