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ten five stars, now really?
on 27 March 2010
I was impressed by the fact that the book had ten five stars. Well I'll be more circumspect in future. The book is excellent if you have a misty eyed view of ancient Irish history. However I found the book mostly uninteresting and pointless. It deals far more with the travails of the characters (shallow drones)than it does with history. The history is there in the background but is not especially enlightening. The pace definitely picked up when they reached Ireland but then descended into mystical nonsense. I found the book 500 ad (Simon Young), though far from perfect, to be significantly more interesting. There is both a reasonably interesting story and some interesting history. I guess it really comes down to what you want from your reading.
If you want an occasionally engaging tale with a smattering of history then knock yourself out. However if you want to learn some history and be entertained at the same time go else where. I give the book three stars because anything lower would suggest that it's a rubbish book. I would not like to leave that impression. It's readable, just about.