This is a fine story of mythical heroism (and some tragedy) of 'older' Ireland (not sure that 'ancient' is the right term). I read this book knowing very little about Cuchulain, only that he is Ireland's greatest hero of myth/folklore. It was a great telling of The Hound's life and the tales of his time and land. And ideal for those who find reading the classic texts, poems, and etc of myth boring, tedious or otherwise. I think the only aspect of this book that might dissuade people from finishing it is its sense of unreality and madness, but this is the same of any tale of myth and legend, so take that as you will. Raids, full pitched battles (some hundreds vs one), magic, monsters, and the faery kind abound. As well, Sutcliff wrote this in the way only she can putting the reader in the time and place of the story (happily as always). She writes with a style of her own but remains true to the tale, land its from, and its spirit. If you like this also check out Sutcliff's 'High Deeds of Finn MacCool'.