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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By Beartown Boy on 01-08-16
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.