I really enjoyed this, though I stupidly realised just too late that this was the second in a series and must now go back and read the first one! Still, that hasn’t spoiled anything. It takes a great deal of courage to pick up something so well-loved as the Irish sagas of the Red Branch and the Milesian Kings and dust them off. But the author has managed to do this very well. As he says in the closing notes, there are frequently inconsistencies and confusions in the versions that have come down to us, so here is a well-written attempt to fill some of the gaps, to take some of the more fantastical segments and translate them into a world that we can more readily understand – in the great tradition of writers like Rosemary Sutcliff and Henry Treece. Highly recommended!