Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Song of Rhiannon - Evangeline Walton

The third book of the Mabinogi, the ancient folklore of the Welsh spun into adult fantasy stories, was satisfying to read and left me eager to read the last in the series.  The author wrote the tales based on Celtic mythology in the 1930's but the books weren't popular until they were republished in the 1970's.  I've enjoyed reading the stories and imagining that my ancestors may have grown up knowing these tales.  This volume was tragic, with war and death and loss taking center stage.  The central role of women in the society and their equal standing with men is a theme that sold well in the 70's and resonates even today.

Published:  1972   Read: February 2014   Genre: Fantasy

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