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4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging read, 24 May 2009
This review is from: Storyteller (Paperback)
The 'Storyteller' of the title is Gwernin, who in each chapter of the book relates a story from when he was a young bard in training, travelling across medieval Wales. Some of his stories are very personal, although even in these he encounters characters from myth such as Taliesien, whilst others are more traditional as he relates stories of legendary heroes. Each chapter of the book contains just one of his tales, so that chapter by chapter we learn more about the young bard and his various companions during his journey. Grove uses the conventions of the oral tradition to good advantage so that the reader is easily able to evoke an image of the older Gwernin sitting by the fire surrounded by his audience, groaning as his tale comes to an end and applauding as he promises them more, "But that, O my children, is a story for another day."

This is an engaging read which, although clearly well-researched, doesn't patronise the reader with its depiction of life in the Dark Ages and so is accessible to all. Grove has written two further books about Gwernin which I look forward to reading.
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