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Sacrifice: A Celtic Adventure by Philip…

Sacrifice: A Celtic Adventure

by Philip Freeman

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Medieval Ireland, the Druids and the Christians, this is what drew me to this series. Sister Deidre is a Druid bard, well respected and she is also a nun at the Monastery in Kildare. Christianity is gaining a small foothold ever since the monastery was founded by Brigid, but most are still Druids. The murder of some of the sisters in the old way of Druid sacrifices may start a war between clans and Sister Deidre is called on to find out who is the killer.

I actually liked the first in series much better, but I do love reading about the older religions and how Ireland was ruled and separated into clans. The storyline was good but not as well written, and there seemed to be some outlandish occurrences that just seemed awkward. Still it was an okay read for the history and I didn't guess the murderer so there was that. ( )
  Beamis12 | Nov 12, 2015 |
Unusual time period and setting (druids & nuns), but the mystery isn't very interesting once you get the motive. MIght get better if series progresses. Reviewed for Booklist. ( )
  jenzbaker | Oct 25, 2015 |
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"Someone is killing the nuns of Ireland. The grisly discovery of an elderly sister of Saint Brigid's monastery strangled, bled dry, and thrown into a bog is just the beginning. Soon a beautiful young nun is found decapitated and hung from a barren tree. It doesn't take long before the members of the struggling monastic community of Kildare realize that not only are the nuns being hunted by a serial killer, but the murderer is preforming the gruesome slayings in the manner of the ancient druid sacrifices. Set in the turmoil of sixth-century Ireland, where ruthless tribal kings wage constant war for survival and the powerful religious order of the druids is threatened by the newly-arrived Christian church, the desperate task of finding the killer falls to Sister Deirdre, a young women torn between the world of the monastery and her own druidic heritage. Unless Deirdre can find the killer before the cycle of sacrifices is complete, more of her friends will die, the monastery will face destruction, and the whole of Ireland may be plunged into civil war."--provided by publisher.… (more)

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