The Last Five Swords — Review

What can I say about this book? The Last Five Swords returns to the type of epic fantasy I loved as a boy. Black and white images and short introductions at the start of each chapter returned me to authors like Jeffrey Farnol and Robert Jordan. Little mores written in Gaelic with a translation lendContinue reading “The Last Five Swords — Review”

A Note on Language

We at PerchedCrowPress have two writers on our books who write novels based in Ancient Ireland. Micheál Cladáin and John De Búrca have both faced criticism for using anachronistic language. In Micheál’s case, it has always been a generic “the language can be too modern”. However, for John, actual turns of phrase have been highlighted,Continue reading “A Note on Language”

Five Fun Facts — Micheál Cladáin

(Stuff you may or may not already know!) We moved from Dublin down to the “Sunny Southeast” in Co. Wexford a few years ago. A strip of driveway and a back yard became an acre of lawn. My better half never liked my café racer and nearly hit the ceiling (in glee, not despair) whenContinue reading “Five Fun Facts — Micheál Cladáin”

After Gairech ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review

A wonderful story with unforgettable characters and a plot that kept me reading well into the night. I adored the way the author has captured the very essence of this era. The mythological aspect of this novel was carefully written but there is a strong sense of historical realism throughout. Micheál Cladáin is a newContinue reading “After Gairech ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review”

On the Origins of My Species

I am often asked why I chose to write in a genre where it is notoriously difficult to succeed. I still have nightmares about the reactions I received for a piece I submitted to a writer’s group four years ago: “stop this nonsense, stick to writing crime”, being the essence of the message. I cannot!Continue reading “On the Origins of My Species”