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"A delightfully dark dance through Ireland's haunting landscape..."

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  • ASIN: ‎ B0868XRHBB
  • Publisher: ‎ Telemachus Press, LLC (March 22, 2020)
  • Publication date: ‎ March 22, 2020
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Print length: ‎ 437 pages
  • Genre:  Myths and Legends

The BookViral Review:

A rivetingly suspenseful Urban Fantasy novel that deftly intertwines elements of Celtic myth and Christian doctrine Skellig proves a superb second release in E R Barr’s “The Tales of Conor Archer” series.

In a delightfully dark dance through Ireland’s haunting landscape Barr takes us to County Kerry and the Bay of Ballinskelligs where we get epic battles and otherworldly escapades which Barr matches with relentless pace, character details and narrative style whilst pulling some compellingly tragic tonal shifts to keep us on our toes.

With a plethora of novel ideas alongside strange and wonderful creatures, Barr draws his readers in as they discover the breadth and depth of his supernatural domain. His characters blending seamlessly together across the corresponding worlds as he takes mythologies and legends and twists them cleverly to create a unique fictional landscape.

Underpinned by Barr’s typically exhaustive research one cannot help but be reminded of other well-received YA Fantasy novels which have captured the imaginations of young and old alike. However, Barr’s conceptions are firmly his own and to suggest otherwise would be wholly disingenuous. There is plenty that is recognisable among his pages as he weaves myth and scriptural prophesy into his narrative, but it feels fresh and original and it’s the skill with which he does this that makes his setting wholly believable.

The layers on which his worlds are built cleverly interact as Conor, the heralded King Over Land and Under Sea, finds himself, upon his arrival on the Emerald Isle, immersed in an age-old conflict between the forces of Good and Evil which could ultimately mean the destruction of the mortal world.

Buttressed by a meticulous plot Barr plays with his reader’s emotions as he introduces a host of superbly conceptualized new characters like the ROAN warrior woman Scatha, the Archangel Michael, the Celtic saint Ita and the changeling Colly whilst we see the welcome return of the ever ambiguous Morrigan, the unfalteringly loyal Troubles and Jace.

With genuine panache, Barr gets their persona just right with attention to detail, dialogue and subtleties of character that makes them utterly convincing whilst Connor has just the right blend of determination and vulnerability as we hurtle towards a superbly pitched climax.

Finally, as with ROAN, book one in Barr’s series, Howard David Johnson’s stunning illustrations found throughout Skellig are a joy to reflect on as he once again brings the otherworldly to life.

A thrilling and absorbing read which will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next instalment of this brilliantly conceived series Skellig is an unreservedly recommended Golden Quill read.

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