The Copper Crown

June 7, 2009 at 8:22 pm (Reviews) (, )

This novel was described on one website as “Celts in space” (In my mind, I hear that in the “Muppet Show” announcer’s voice…Celts…in…space…).  While a gross oversimplification, it is also actually pretty accurate.  The basic premise of this series is that around the time of St. Patrick, tired of persecution , the survivors of the magical/alien settlers of Atlantis gathered up those Celts who practiced magic and were at risk from the rise of Christianity and blasted off to settle in a hidden corner of space.  Preserving their tradition, and mythology while they simultaneously advanced their technological skills.  Centuries late, a ship form Earth stumbles upon their now multi-planet sanctuary.  This contact and burgeoning alliance kick starts a conflict that has been brewing for quite some time.  Mayhem ensues.

The first novel in a long series, this books does a great job of blending the  mythology of the different Celtic peoples with the techie stuff of traditional science fiction.  As a personal bonus, it is chock full of the strong female characters that I like so much.  I have no idea why it took me so long to actually take this book of the shelf and read it-it turned out to be a pleasant surprise.  The more fantastical elements stood out-a real plus for me.  I’ll keep an eye out for others in the series; it is worth continuing, I think.

Next on deck-Vampires!  Not only are they popular right now, they are apparently very sexy…


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