Friday, May 3, 2013

"Bending the Boyne," by J.S. Dunn

The ancient land of Eire is threatened by marauders seeking precious metals - putting young female astronomer Boann at risk and local villager Cian in question when he goes to live with the invaders. A smart, entertaining read that is well-researched and highly-rated.

BENDING THE BOYNE: A novel of ancient Ireland, by J.S. Dunn

"Boann is vivid and powerful and is perhaps one of the greatest strengths of this book. She is a full- fledged character whose nuances create a relatable and realistic rendition of a young woman in the Bronze Age. ...overall, Bending the Boyne succeeds in creating a seamless text where historical research and imagined worlds interweave effortlessly. This is a superb novel that will be of particular interest to readers of historical fiction as well as those with a keen interest in archeology and mythmaking." -- Foreword Review

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.

...A useful fleshing of the bones
of an interesting archaeological story.
William OBrien, PhD, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland.

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

Awarded first place, Next Generation Indie Awards 2011 (USA).

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J. S. Dunn lived in Ireland during the past decade and continues to pursue the Bronze Age in Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany, and Spain. Bending The Boyne won the Next Generation Award, historical fiction, 2011. A second novel set at 1600 BCE is in progress.

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