Saturday, 14 January 2012
Too Long a Sacrifice
Author: Mildred Downey Broxon
Year of publication: 1981, Orbit paperback edition 1983
Back cover blurb: FROM 6TH CENTURY IRELAND THE THE PALACES OF THE SIDHE TO THE STRIFE-TORN STREETS OF MODERN BELFAST...
Ancient Ireland. Tadgh the bard and Maire, his magical wife are spirited away by the Old Ones, counters in an age-long and inscrutable game.
Today. In modern Belfast, a resurrected Maire represents Summer, and the forces of peace; a materialised Tadgh leads the powers of Winter, the advocates of blood and terror.
In the ensuing conflict, Life opposes Death, and the Hate Beast gibbers over all...
Quick flick reveals: I've never been a big fan of books even only partially set in ancient Celtic kingdoms, but the overall concept is pleasingly bonkers. Also, how can you resist a book which has the words 'the Hate Beast gibbers over all' written on the back? Will attempt to read at some point before I am dead, although I might not finish it.
Random paragraph: 'Rita scrutinized Maire. "Didn't I see you in the museum, earlier this afternoon? Have you been following me?" She winced. "Ah, my head holds two thousand hammers wielded by one thousand ambidextrous demons."'