Other Books in Series
This is book number 2 in the Gael Song series.
The sequel to the critically acclaimed The Children of Gods and Fighting Men, The Words of Kings and Prophets is the powerful new historical fantasy novel by Shauna Lawless.
Ireland, 1000 AD. Gormflaith is unhappily married to Brian Boru, High King of Ireland, and although a queen she struggles with her limited position. As an immortal Fomorian with the secret gift of magic, Gormflaith has a burning desire: to find and destroy the hidden fortress of her sworn enemies, the Descendants, who seek to kill her kind at all costs. She begins to use her magical powers, and discovers she is more skilled than she ever realised... but can she control what she will become?
Meanwhile Fó dla, the Descendants' healer, mourns her banished sister but clings to life as the guardian of her young nephew. She seeks a place of safety for them both, but he has secrets of his own that could threaten everything – and Fó dla must do all in her power to keep him hidden away from those who would use him for evil.
When a mysterious man comes to King Brian's court, his presence could spell disaster or deliverance for both Gormflaith and Fó dla – and for Ireland herself. For he is Tomas, an ambitious immortal with few scruples – and he will do anything to see his plans become reality.
Soon, mortals and immortals alike are drawn towards a bitter conflict that could decide the future of Ireland and all her people.
Reviewers on Shauna Lawless' GAEL SONG series:
'Gripping and beautiful. A Celtic Last Kingdom with wild magic and fierce heroines' Anna Smith Spark
'Highlander meets The Last Kingdom... I was hooked from page one' Anthony Ryan
'A beguiling blend of fantasy, history, and politics... Every turn of the page ratchets up the tension. To read this novel is to fall into a richly imagined web of lives' D.K. Fields
About the Author
Shauna Lawless is an avid reader of Irish mythology and folklore. As an Irish woman, she loves that Irish mythology has inspired so many stories over the years, however, she wanted to explore the history and mythology of Ireland in a more authentic way. She lives in Northern Ireland with her family. Her debut novel, The Children of Gods and Fighting Men, has been critically acclaimed. The Words of Kings and Prophets is the second volume in the Gael Song trilogy. Follow Shauna on @shaunaLwrites shaunalawless.com
Praise for Children of Gods and Fighting Men:
"If magical and political intrigue is your thing, try The Children of Gods and Fighting Men, by Shauna Lawless, the first installment in a new series combining Irish mythology and real-life history." —Parade
“An effortless combination of history, fantasy and myth, The Children of Gods and Fighting Men enraptured me from start to finish. Rife with atmosphere and armies, magic and compelling characters, it swept me along and refused to be put down. I simply loved it, and I cannot wait for Lawless’s next work.” - H.M. Long, author of Hall of Smoke
'HighlandermeetsThe Last Kingdomas feuding clans of magical undying vie for control of tenth-century Ireland in this assured and captivating debut. Themes of motherhood and conflicted obligation lie at the heart of Shauna Lawless's historical fantasy, explored through the eyes of two powerful women compelled to navigate a land where men hold sway, or think they do. I was hooked from page one." —Anthony Ryan, author, The Pariah
"A blend of fantasy and history that works extremely well. Many of the characters in the book were real people, powerbrokers of the time. The main events in the novel are key events of Irish history. Whilst the story is grounded in the real world, its narrators are something more supernatural. . . . Shauna Lawless never allows legend to overshadow the historical record. Instead, she weaves folk tales into the gaps of history, making a stronger whole. . . . Highly recommended." —Geek Dad