|Red Branch (1989) [Novel]|
by Morgan Llywelyn
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In ancient Erin, the line between the percieived world and the Otherworld sometimes faded away, and then people said gods walked the earth. One such, it was rumored, had fathered the silver-eyed boy Setanta -- and when Setanta became a man and the battle rage seized him, he was indeed like a god, a terrible god of destruction. The called him Cuchulain, the dreaded Hound of Ulster.
In RED BRANCH, Morgan Llywelyn burns away the mist of a hundred legends to rediscover the fierce and tender life of Cuchulain and the Red Branch warriors. It is among them that the tragedy of Ulster may have first begun-- in the fatal beauty of Deirdre, the brutal jealousy of King Conor, and the avenging might of the king's champion, Cuchulain. Reading it we live in a land rule by war and love and strange enchantments, as Cuchulain -- torn between gentleness and violence, haunted by the croaking of a sinister raven -- fights for his honor and his homeland and discovers too late the trap that the gods have set for him...
Original title: Red Branch
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Saga, Myth, and Legend
Mythology→ Retellings→ Celtic and Arthurian