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Attacking savagely, stealing land, and corrupting the ancient customs that the people of Keltia have cherished since the time of Atlantis, the hated Firvolgi are well on their way to conquering the Kelts. But the gods bring gifts with calamities, and in this dark time a bright light has appeared. Born orphaned on the battlefield, her name is Athyn Cahanagh, but she is knowAttacking savagely, stealing land, and corrupting the ancient customs that the people of Keltia have cherished since the time of Atlantis, the hated Firvolgi are well on their way to conquering the Kelts. But the gods bring gifts with calamities, and in this dark time a bright light has appeared. Born orphaned on the battlefield, her name is Athyn Cahanagh, but she is known by friend and foe alike as Blackmantle. As she sweeps Keltia to victory and is acclaimed as High Queen, Athyn meets the great and gifted bard, Morric Douglas, and a love story as deep as all time begins....

Title : Blackmantle
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ISBN : 9780061056109
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Number of Pages : 605 Pages
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Blackmantle Reviews

  • Keri
    2019-03-14 00:26

    I suppose the book she wrote about her life with Jim Morrison wasn't enough, so she had to ficitionalize it to get her revenge. I kept reading this expecting it to get better, but it never really did.

  • Delaney
    2019-03-06 03:12

    I greatly enjoyed most of Kennealy's Keltiad novels as their basic premise is one of the most inventive and pleasing melds of Celtic myth, fantasy, and space travel I've ever encountered. It's a shame she never finished the other books planned in this fictional world.Blackmantle is the sole disappointment in the Keltiad, although for me this was entirely due to knowing some of the author's own background. Patricia Kennealy (which is the name most of her novels were published under) was briefly romantically involved with the late Jim Morrison, lead singer for The Doors. Though they were never legally married, the author claims that they were handfast in a pagan ceremony. Morrison was also partnered with long-time companion Pamela Courson, to whom he left his estate and who in later probate proceedings was ruled to have been his common-law wife.Beneath all the attractive Keltic trappings, Blackmantle is a supremely egotistical and utterly self-serving retelling of the author's romantic rivalry and Morrison's dual relationships. When I was first becoming enchanted with other novels in the Keltiad, I visited the author's website. On it, I found a dire and portentous edict warning others not to infringe on her characters, storylines, or the like. The galling part of it was that it was written to suggest that Kennealy herself was both responsible for and the sole heir of Celtic spirituality, honor, and tradition. This combined with her spiteful and selfish storytelling in Blackmantle where she so modestly casts herself as the titular warrior queen with otherwordly magic has left me with little respect for the author as a person. As a writer, she's very talented, and I love the rest of the Keltiad immensely, but it would have been better if this book had not been written.

  • Latham
    2019-02-22 05:14

    I need to get something off my chest here before I start.I love this book like fire and burning and red-hot magma. Part of it is leftover nostalgia, sure, but part of it is just that Athyn is a badass.The first half of this book deals with Athyn growing up and becoming part of a resistance movement in her country/star system/what have you. She must deal with her origins, her quite frankly abusive older brother, and take care of the horses all at the same time. Then she becomes the equivalent of a lawyer and proceeds to kick ass at the profession. And, you know, eventually become a general-y type person and save the world.That's the first half, guys. That's the half I love. That is the half that I would go through a lot to read.It's the second half that's disappointing.Somebody dies, Athyn goes bonkers but the book seems to think that killing a frillion people for occasionally badmouthing you and your husband is okay, and she takes time off from her high queenship (and at this I shit you not) to go ALONE into an ENEMY STAR SYSTEM to kill ONE WOMAN.Granted, she ends up killing more and turning a couple of people into pigs, but still. The Queen of a nation comprised of at LEAST three star systems goes ALONE into ENEMY TERRITORY to kill one woman. I don't care if she killed your husband, you ninny, you have a freaking country to run!You know, I could understand if this was in the heat of the moment or whatever, but no, this is a couple of years later. I just... the lack of responsibility boggles my mind. YOU HAVE SPECIAL FORCES, ATHYN. FOR SERIOUS. MOST OF THEM SERVED YOU IN THE WAR. Send somebody in. Get the murderous fiend! If you really feel the driving need to kill her yourself, have them bring her back to you!And frankly, I'd've preferred the possible bittersweet ending to the story rather than the cheery OH LOOK WE'LL BE TOGETHER FOREVER AS GODS YAY US! But then, that issue is the only problem I had with The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, so it's possible that that one's YMMV.I give Blackmantle 4/5, because that first bit is just so damn awesome.

  • Miranda
    2019-03-20 23:08

    Unlike her other works which are sometimes slow to get into... Blackmantle started out great, but about 2/3 of the way through devolved into a gory psyco bloodfest as she takes revenge on those who wronged. Her. I had to skip some of the grisly details.. totally lost my interest in this charator as she changed completely into some demon. None of the other ketiad books I read were so R rated. Almost like another author took over writing it. It did read to the end, but it was boring and predicable.

  • Rachel Lein
    2019-03-19 01:00

    I know very little about this author or her relationship with Jim Morrison of The Doors. I'm not a fan of The Doors and have never read any other books by this author, so for the most part, my review of the book comes free of opinion on either of those things, though I admit it's difficult to separate my thoughts from such things, because the author so very obviously made the connections when she wrote this.I will begin by saying I hate the narrative. It does not flow well. I found myself tripping up on it many times. I don't think I'm some sort of un-cultured reader that would have trouble with more "formal" means of writing. I just don't think it was necessary to use language in so... oh, what's the word? Archaic..? Of a way. That may not be quite what I'm trying to get across, but hopefully my point was made there. If she'd have just used more modern narrative, the flow would have worked so much better.Another thing I didn't like was how "Mary Sue" the main character is. She's soooo special. Everything about her is so SPECIAL. She does what no one has ever done or ever will and succeeds at everything. That isn't interesting. It's actually very frustrating when you know your main character can do no wrong in anyone's eyes and will always come out the victor. Sorry if that's a spoiler, but it isn't very difficult to deduce how things will go after reading just a little while, so I think most readers would have figured it out before very long anyway.The story isn't original by any means. The idea of a foundling child turned royal who then does something spectacular is probably one of the many fantasy tropes that get overused in all kinds of books by all kinds of authors. The idea of going off to Hell to save your lover isn't new, either. And just what the heck is up with the SPACESHIPS?? No, I'm not kidding. There are spaceships. These people fly to other worlds like it's a ride downtown. Yet, everything else they do is very medieval. They don't have any other technology, but they can fly to other planets without even thinking twice about it? I'm sorry, but that just doesn't fit here. I'm all for a good sci-fi/fantasy mash-up, but the science fiction of space travel in this book is so out of place as to come off as absolutely ridiculous! That should have been left out.I picked this book up by chance at a thrift shop. Maybe it's bad luck that I happened to read this book first out of the other books in this universe. Or maybe I'd have found the author's style of writing to be off-putting right away and her characters bland just like these in any other work she's produced. Regardless, I won't be reading any more of this author's work, since this one disappointed me the way it did. It's not BAD, but it isn't good, either. For something as so-so as this is, it's too long and too slow to read. Still, I do feel a little sorry for her. She must have been in quite a bit of emotional pain when this was written. That, at least, definitely shows through.

  • Grace
    2019-03-17 02:19

    I read this book several years ago, and found it to be a "spoil me" book...the kind that you can't honestly say is objectively a masterpiece, but it's just so darn fun to read you can't help yourself!Morrison's concept is that there's a planet that was founded by the Ancient Celts, who escaped the planet. A very weird concept, to be sure, but it allows her to create a brand new fantasy world based on Celtic lore and myth. I found her world to be very immersive, although the writing was by no means at the master level. To anyone who enjoys Celtic myth and just wants a fun read, pick this book up. This is the only 'Keltiad' book I ever read, so I have no idea how it stacks up to the others.

  • Michael D.
    2019-02-23 04:22

    The first half of this book is progressing pretty well. So much of the criticism I've read of this book cite only the autobiographical elements identifying Morric Douglas as Jim Morrison and Athyn Cahanaugh as Kennealy as the reasons they did not like the story. It was a good read. Parts of it reminded me of various harrowing of the underworld myths, as the heroine braved the dangers of Annwn to bring her beloved Morric back from the dead. That was the better part of the novel. There was also a part of the novel that outlined the growth of Athyn into the heroine that would perform the deeds of legend in Keltia. Certainly a better novel than The Deer's Cry, perhaps not as good as the offerings from the Tales of Arthur, but a good read overall.

  • Pat
    2019-02-20 00:02

    This entire series is amazing! Yeah, I know. Celts in space. Weird. But it truly is a well written, engaging and sophisticated story with a strong woman as the protagonist and how she keeps the various tribes together in an empire that stretches across multiple planets (each named for the traditional Celtic kingdoms). It hews closely to Celtic myth and legend (such as it is) and is rich in detail and plot. And yes, the author was Jim Morrison's wife. Unfortunately it isn't in ebook format that I've been able to find. Wish it was!

  • Rachel
    2019-02-28 03:06

    A severely odd, yet satisfying read, this book is a good read. I was moved by it at the time, as I identified closely with the heroine of the book. Looking back years later, I do not know if I would enjoy it as much, but until then, my rating shall stand.

  • Matt
    2019-03-08 03:12

    There are some grammatical issues I remember seeing. All in all though, is a story of love and magic. A good read once you get into it. Also, thought it was cool that there are some Gaelic words throughout used.

  • Rebecca Huston
    2019-02-26 00:09

    Part of Kennealy-Morrison's Keltiad novels, this one is a standalone. A pity that she stopped writing these, this one was pretty good. For the complete review, please go here:

  • Virginia
    2019-02-21 05:01

    Kennealy-Morrison writes so beautifully, and her first six books of the Keltiad enjoy a secure position near the top of my all-time-favorite books. This story was entertaining, but I'm sorry to say it didn't engage me like The Copper Crown did.

  • Claire
    2019-03-11 01:09

    This is the one where PKM loses the plot big style and goes all out against The Doors movie of all things. Over the top but quietly hilarious as well.

  • Shannon S.
    2019-02-25 03:27

    Blah blah blah, hopeless Jim Morrison delusions, blah blah blah. The sad part is Kennealy can actually write. Too bad she's bat-crap crazy.

  • Amanda Ryan-Romo
    2019-03-05 07:17

    A really breath-taking Celtic version of the Orpheus myth. One of the few books that has really brought me to tears and does every time I re-read it.

  • Jan
    2019-03-10 06:15

    Reread. Another tale of be careful what you ask for.