Review – David H. Millar’s Conall: Rinn-Iru
Mr. Millar’s belief that Gaelic was a language to be sung and an extensive list of Gaelic pronunciations make it obvious that Conall was a work of love. There can be no doubt that a lot of research went into its production.
Story wise, it is a non-stop action tale of revenge and battle reminiscent of high action video games. The plot is original in that it is derived from early Irish history, blended with Druid witchcraft and battle tactics common in that time. If you’re up to the torture of blood and guts, marathon action (719 pages), you’ll love Conall.
For my part, I felt that the subject might have been better presented in two, or even three, separate books. One as a study in Irish and Gaelic for the enthusiasts, another as an action adventure, or, since another Conall sequel is under consideration, split the 719 pages into two easier to read novels and go for a trilogy.
I’m not a Gaelic student, so I found the job of remembering and keeping names separated a daunting task. The job was made even more so as new characters and places continued to be introduced as the story proceeded.
Even so, despite the mentioned criticism, at times I found myself totally engrossed and riveted to the story. If you’re the type of reader who enjoys a leisure pace through a novel, and hates the end of the good ones; I think you’ll enjoy Conall.
*** 3 Stars!!!