Atonement of Blood

Atonement of Blood

A Mystery of Ancient Ireland

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Winter, 670 AD. King Colgú has invited the leading nobles and chieftains of his kingdom to a feast day. Fidelma and her companion Eadulf are finally home for an extended stay, and have promised their son, Alchú, that they'll be able to spend some time together after months of being on the road, investigating crimes. Fidelma and Eadulf are enjoying the feast when it is interrupted by the entrance of a religieux, who claims he has an important message for the King. He approaches the throne and shouts 'Remember Liamuin!' and then stabs King Colgú. The assassin is slain, but does enough damage to take out Colgú's bodyguard, and to put the king himself on the verge of death.

As King Colgú lies in recovery, Fidelma, Eadulf, and bodyguard Gormán are tasked with discovering who is behind the assassination attempt, and who Liamuin is. They must journey into the territory of their arch-enemies, the Uí Fidgente, to uncover the secrets in the Abbey of Mungairit, and then venture into the threatening mountain territory ruled by a godless tyrant. Danger and violence are their constant companions until the final devastating revelation.

Atonement of Blood is a mystery of Ancient Ireland from Peter Tremayne.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250046000
Branch Call Number: MF TREMAYNE
Characteristics: 338 pages : illustration ; 25 cm

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DorisWaggoner
Sep 22, 2015

Sister Fidelma continues to please. In this outing, she and Eadulf struggle, as he wants to remain a monk, and her vocation as a scholar and sleuth seem to be taking her away from him and their son. Yet when her brother, the King, is stabbed, she is obligated to find out what happened and why. This long-running series is still a delight. Having just finished Thomas Cahill's "How the Irish Saved Civilization" helped me understand the background of these stories, though they certainly stand on their own.

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Nov 30, 2014

Don't forget, lady, in a conquered land, the defeat of its army leaves three armies in its place. An army of wounded and cripples; an army of mourners and haters; and an army of thieves and opportunists. Out of those three comes the growing resentment to seek atonement from the conquerors. An atonement in blood.

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