on 19 February 2003
In this book, Barbara Picard retells the stories of three ancient kings. The first is Gilgamesh, king of Erech (Uruk), an ancient city of Mesopotamia; he gained the friendship of Enkidu, fought terrible monsters, and strove for immortality. The second is Hrolf Kraki, king of Denmark; he collected Viking heroes around him and avenged the death of his father. The third is Conary (Conaire), high king of Ireland; rising to kingship he was brought down by a fairy curse laid on his family in the days of his grandfather.
On the surface, these stories do not seem to have any connection, but each is the story of a man who wins the hearts of other warriors, runs afoul of the gods, and is brought to ruin by them. I didn't take this book seriously when I first saw it, but was very pleasantly surprised. The stories are well written, and interesting.
I am very intimate with the story of Gilgamesh, but liked reading it again. The story of Conary I found somewhat depressing. However, the jewel of the book is also the longest, Hrolf Kraki. This story is worth the price of the book. If you like Viking or adventure stories, then you *must* buy this book!