A "novel" historical novel! Jul 5, 2010
by Thomas G
First volume of the founding and development of Dublin, Ireland (* the 2nd book is "The Rebels of Ireland".).
I bought this book because I enjoyed one his first books " Sarum".
Ruherfurd likes to write epic novels covering long streches of time. This is one. Covers from 430 A.D. to the 1500's . (from St. Patrick to Henry the VIII)
He builds his characters throughout the continuing stories by injecting them in actual events. He brings us through the centuries by relating later characters to their ancestors using family names,physical traits, and/or personalities.
The book does well for the most part to keep you interested but you do have pay attentiion since the spelling and pronouciation of the names of persons & places change over time. (* author even includes a pronouciation guide in back of book). The maps and family trees in front of book help also!
Some parts of book do lag, but Rutherfurd tries to keep things as accurate as possible. This is an interesting way to learn Ireland's history, as you read a good novel.
I am giving this 4 stars because I'm 2/3rds of the way through the "Rebels of Ireland" and find it more enjoyable! Perhaps because I am more familiar with the history of these times. Plus the causes of national rebellion are fascinating!
Reading this 1st book is not a prerequisite to enjoy the 2nd... but I think it does help!
But I am a Edward Rutherfurd fan. And being of Irish descent this particular saga was of greater interest to me.
Hope you enjoy it too!