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The Keltiad (5) - The Oak Above the Kings Paperback – 8 Aug 1994

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (8 Aug. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586212507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586212509
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 11.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,298,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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AN ARTHURIAN LEGEND FOR THE FUTURE

The Keltiad novels map out a fair and wondrous realm – a faraway star empire that is at the same time both strangely familiar and utterly strange.

'The Oak Above the Kings' tells how Arthur, the lost prince, comes at last to his long-prophesied destiny: overthrowing the usurping Archdruid, Edeyrn, who for centuries has held all Keltia in thrall by the towering force of his evil magic; restoring Uthyr, king in exile, to his rightful place; coming at last to his own kingship, the double throne he must share, by law and love, with the one woman in all Keltia fit to share it with him – Gweniver, princess and priestess, his own cousin . . . and his wife.

Using Taliesin’s voice, telling the tale as only a bard could tell it, Patricia Kennealy-Morrison fashions from the age-old story of Arthur a legend for the future, to make him the true ‘oak above the kings’.

“Engrossing, entertaining, enlightening – and fun”
ANNE MCCAFFREY

“A highly effective combination of celtic mythology, SF and fantasy . . . an imaginatively wrought and scrupulously detailed series”
BOOKLIST

About the Author

Patricia Kennealy-Morrison is the author of ‘The Keltiad’ fantasy series. She is a Dame of the Ordre Souverain et Militaire du Temple de Jerusalem, a Regular of the Order of St Michael, a High Priestess in a Celtic pagan tradition and a member of Mensa. She lives in Manhattan.

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The second book in the Taliesin trilogy of the Keltiad picks up from the cliffhanger at the end of Hawk's Grey Feather and carries forward through the final defeat of Ederyn and the early reign of Artos and Gweniver. It keeps with the narration of their companion Taliesin.

There are two unconventional points about the book: one that I think works and the second that I'm less sure of. The first is addressing that defeating the tyrant isn't 'happily ever after'. There are still challenges in restoring Keltia to what it once was and challenges in the relationships of Artos and Gweniver. That's what this book focuses upon and makes it more mature than most fantasys of the time (and this is fantasy, as Star Wars is, despite the fact it's set in space).

The second is that it hooks the reader in by using the cliffhanger of the end of the last book and then covering the final battle against Ederyn and it might well have been better to resolve that in that book which was more about the struggle against him. However this one does end at a good point while still leaving enough threads to carry over to the third book of this trilogy.
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I don't think I would've written anything regarding thisseries, even though I love it, except for one thing. In reading the review by the critic I noticed an error I'm sure all fans of this series will note. In this particular adaptaion of the Arthurian Chronicles, GWENIVER IS NOT ARTHURS SISTER, SHE'S HIS COUSIN!!!!! If you are going to crtique the book, sir or madame, I strongly suggest, as do all of Ms. Kennealy-Morrisons fans, I'm sure, that you READ THE BOOK!! You can find a copy of this wonderfully written and inspired tale in your local book store. Obviously you don't have a copy of your own!!!
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A space ags story of the Keltic planet, and her King Arthur. I really enjoyed these stories, finding myself totally drawn into the world so vividly created by the author
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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars 9 reviews
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautifully crafted tale 31 May 2001
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Format: Hardcover
This is the second book in Patricia Kennealy-Morrison's Celtic science fiction. The series started with "The Grey Hawk's Feather" which introduces you to all the famous characters, Merlyn, Arthur, Ygrawn, Uther, Gweniver, and the somewhat passed over, in other tales, Taliesin. In this particular telling Taliesin, the greatest bard ever known to Keltia, narrates in bardic style the story of his friend and fostern Arthur. Morrison does away with the more annoying parts of Arthurian legend, Lancelot for one, and concentrates on a very different telling of the tale in space upon a planet far away. The second book encompasses the arrival of Arthur and his army on Tarra, the home of Ederyn the then traitorous "King" of Kelts, through Arthur's eventual victory over Ederyn, (I don't think I'm giving too much of the story away), and his leaving of Keltia to visit far off worlds as well as his eventual return. The truth of Talyn's mother is finally revealed, with shocking implications.
Now, just let me say, I LOVE THIS SERIES! I especially love the character of Taliesin. He is my favorite from all of Morrison's books and possibly from any others I have ever read. His voice is exceptionally distinctive in the telling and very consistent. He is a very unassuming character, terrified out of his wits most of the time and sure that everyone knows it, yet is completely honest about this fact. I love the style of these books too. The prose is perhaps a bit cumbersome when you first begin reading but it is defiantly an epic tale, every event fraught with dan from now 'till nevermass, and all the characters with the seeds of greatness in them, Arthur most of all. I love this particular universe because it is so imaginative, Celtic legend mixed with sciencficiton in a successful blending.
Now, the Kirkus reviewer has a point when he says that Patricia Kennealy-Morrison has a "general air of self-importance". He hits the nail right on the head. She is continually prating on the virtues of the Kelts. How they are so much more evolved than "other societies I could name" in that they have magical arts, no rape, varying marriage laws, and women are considered equals. It is an attitude hard to avoid throughout her books, but this is the only detraction I will make and, you will admit, not a very serious one.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff 4 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have highly enjoyed all of the books in this series, and I also agree with the above reviewer that there are some inaccuracies in the Kirkus review that lead one to believe that the reviewer did not give it his or her full attention. In all, if you love fantasy, Celtic myth or Arthurian legend these books are well worth a read.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars more of the best! 3 July 2000
By L. Welch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Patricia continues the great storytelling of the previous books of the Keltiad in this novel. We are transported first person to the land of arthur (for a twist this land is outer space) and told Arthur's life story through the eyes of his bard and close friend Taliesan. This book moved me to tears at some points. The love and friendship bonds that the book builds are remarkable! I couldn't put it down.
If you have read the Copper Crown and its counterparts you will be intrigued when you discover that the writing style is completely different from the first triology. This is writen in first rather than third person. It is rare that an author has such talent as to switch styles. The style change means that you will never tire of the Keltiad. Instead of boresdom you will find love for the lore as past history links all the books together.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series of books 6 Mar. 2014
By Richard Grant Kersey - Published on Amazon.com
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What's there to write. I enjoy all of Patricia Kennealy's work. and the book did arrive in good shape and in good time.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love Arthur, read this book!!! 9 Dec. 1998
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I don't think I would've written anything regarding thisseries, even though I love it, except for one thing. In reading thereview by the critic I noticed an error I'm sure all fans of this series will note. In this particular adaptaion of the Arthurian Chronicles, GWENIVER IS NOT ARTHURS SISTER, SHE'S HIS COUSIN!!!!! If you are going to crtique the book, sir or madame, I strongly suggest, as do all of Ms. Kennealy-Morrisons fans, I'm sure, that you READ THE BOOK!! You can find a copy of this wonderfully written and inspired tale in your local book store. Obviously you don't have a copy of your own!!!
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