Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the author. Thank you Mr. Gallagher! I think some other reviewers have mentioned this too, but I absolutely adored the various locations that the author takes the reader to in this story. I am an avid traveler and I've always had a fascination with Russia ever since I started studying the language several years ago. I thought the scenes set in Russia were done very convincingly (I wouldn't know about North Korea and the Middle East, as I've never been there myself, but that was vividly described as well!) and the story was fast-paced and featured some interesting characters. I usually don't really read spy novels, so I can't boast great… Read more
Year of the Celt is a wonderful book set in a time and place I didn't know too much about before I started reading. It is obvious the author has done his research. As a kid, I loved reading books about history and old civilisations, and this book didn't disappoint in that department. The way the characters and their way of life are described was very natural, no info overkill. I felt their inner thoughts and reasoning were consistent with the time period (certain superstitions and religious notions) and yet, they all felt very relatable. I can recommend this book to young readers (teen/YA) who like history interwoven with a very `human' tale of survival and love.
I have taken secondary school kids to London for the past eight years now (being a teacher of English from Holland) and we never skip Declan's Blood and Tears Walk during our school trips. He is a wonderful tour guide, and my pupils always think he is one of the highlights of their trip to London (and that's saying something, since 16-year-olds are notoriously uninterested in just about anything we, the teachers, suggest is fun :) . This book is a sort of pocket-version of Declan: the stories are short, simple, gripping, well-described, and you can actually do a sort of Blood and Tears Walk yourself with this book in hand (there's maps to the sites in it), but it talks about many… Read more