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The Hounds of the Morrigan by Pat O'Shea

Review by Alleandra

The World: The beginning is set in Galway, Ireland, but the characters go to some very strange places.

Characters: 10 year old Pidge is the hero, and his very courageous little sister Brigit, their father and Aunt Bina, Breda and Melodie and The Morrigan, The Dagda, Cuchulain, Cooroo, many others.

The Story: Pidge finds an old, beat up manuscript while poking about in a book shop in Galway City. What he doesn't know about it is that within its pages is the serpent Olc-Glas. He unwittingly releases it, and that's when all the fun starts. The Morrigan herself is intent on gaining control of Olc-Glas, and once its released, she makes her move to get it. And only Pidge and his sister can twart her, although they'll need the help of many.

Comments: This book is steeped in Celtic mythology, which is one aspect that attracted me to it. My preconceptions were that it would be scary, which it wasn't. What I wasn't expecting was the amount of(at times) laugh out loud humor. The two children are plucky and resourceful without being annoying. The people (and non-people) they meet on their quest ranged from funny to silly, and the Morrigan and her minions were nice and evil. In all, a slightly inconsistent book, but a fun one nevertheless. The good and evil characters are all quite blatant, not much gray, but its not important. The characterizations and the twists mixed with the humor set this book apart.

This was the author's first novel, and I have not seen anything else that she ever wrote, which is a shame. I would love it if she had written more.

Rating: 4.5 amulets


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