Since I love all things Celtic, I was looking forward to reading a well written tale about ancient Ireland. However, this book was a great disappointment on oh so many levels. Mr. Wren needs new proofreaders, since neither he nor his proofreaders know basic grammar ,usage and punctuation rules. Not knowing the difference between " whose" and " who's"...really?
Now for the story itself : very weak plot line and characterization ( I could barely dredge up any empathy or interest in any character,especially the protagonist, because they were so thinly drawn). There was hardly any exposition or rising action, no climax and a very abrupt resolution. ( And by then I didn't care who lived or died). The character I thought would be an interesting antagonist briefly appeared at the beginning and then disappeared, except for a mention every once in a while by a minor character. The setting was also very weak; Viking raiders at the beginning, but absolutely no mention of religion, religious practices or characters, even though Ireland had been Christianized of the past 400 years, and Viking raiders usually targeted monasteries, not just villages. There was no description of Irish clans, or tribal areas, or conflicts between tribes, so the reader is left floundering unless he/she has previous knowledge of Irish history.
If you are looking for an entertaining book about ancient Ireland or Britain, I highly recommend anything by Morgan LLywelyn ( whose name is mis-spelled in the reference section), or the Saxon Tales books by Bernard Cornwell.
Sorry, Mr. Wren, I will not be reading your sequel to An Trodai: Scolai.