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The Children of Gods and Fighting Men (Gael Song #1) (Paperback)

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The first in a gripping new historical fantasy series that intertwines Irish mythology with real-life history, The Children of Gods and Fighting Men is the thrilling debut novel by Shauna Lawless.

They think they've killed the last of us...

981 AD. The Viking King of Dublin is dead. His young widow, Gormflaith, has ambitions for her son—and herself—but Ireland is a dangerous place and kings tend not to stay kings for long. Gormflaith also has a secret. She is one of the Fomorians, an immortal race who can do fire-magic. She has kept her powers hidden at all costs, for there are other immortals in this world—like the Tuatha Dé Danann, a race of warriors who are sworn to kill Fomorians. Fódla is one of the Tuatha Dé Danann with the gift of healing. Her kind dwell hidden in a fortress, forbidden to live amongst the mortals. Fódla agrees to help her kin by going to spy on Brian Boru, a powerful man who aims to be High King of Ireland. She finds a land on the brink of war—a war she is desperate to stop. However, preventing the loss of mortal lives is not easy with Ireland in turmoil and the Fomorians now on the rise...

“An effortless combination of history, fantasy and myth, The Children of Gods and Fighting Men enraptured me from start to finish. Rife with atmosphere and armies, magic and compelling characters, it swept me along and refused to be put down. I simply loved it, and I cannot wait for Lawless’s next work.” - H.M. Long, author of Hall of Smoke

About the Author


Shauna Lawless is an avid reader of Irish mythology and folklore. As an Irish woman, she loves that Irish mythology has inspired so many stories over the years; however, she wanted to explore the history and mythology of Ireland in a more authentic way. She lives in Northern Ireland with her family.

Follow Shauna on @shaunaLwrites
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Praise For…


"If magical and political intrigue is your thing, try The Children of Gods and Fighting Men, by Shauna Lawless, the first installment in a new series combining Irish mythology and real-life history." —Parade

“An effortless combination of history, fantasy and mythThe Children of Gods and Fighting Men enraptured me from start to finish. Rife with atmosphere and armies, magic and compelling characters, it swept me along and refused to be put down. I simply loved it, and I cannot wait for Lawless’s next work.” - H.M. Long, author of Hall of Smoke 

'Highlander meets The Last Kingdomas feuding clans of magical undying vie for control of tenth-century Ireland in this assured and captivating debut. Themes of motherhood and conflicted obligation lie at the heart of Shauna Lawless's historical fantasy, explored through the eyes of two powerful women compelled to navigate a land where men hold sway, or think they do. I was hooked from page one." —Anthony Ryan, author, The Pariah 

"A blend of fantasy and history that works extremely well. Many of the characters in the book were real people, powerbrokers of the time. The main events in the novel are key events of Irish history. Whilst the story is grounded in the real world, its narrators are something more supernatural. . . . Shauna Lawless never allows legend to overshadow the historical record. Instead, she weaves folk tales into the gaps of history, making a stronger whole. . . . Highly recommended." —Geek Dad

Product Details
ISBN: 9781803282640
ISBN-10: 1803282649
Publisher: Head of Zeus -- an AdAstra Book
Publication Date: August 8th, 2023
Pages: 448
Language: English
Series: Gael Song