Saint Brigid's Bones

Saint Brigid s Bones In an evocative Celtic novel set in a time when druids roamed the land lively young sister Deirdre embarks on a mission to find the stolen bones of her convent s patron saintIn ancient Ireland an is

  • Title: Saint Brigid's Bones
  • Author: Philip Freeman
  • ISBN: 9781605986326
  • Page: 415
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In an evocative Celtic novel set in a time when druids roamed the land, lively young sister Deirdre embarks on a mission to find the stolen bones of her convent s patron saintIn ancient Ireland, an island ruled by kings and druids, the nuns of Saint Brigid are fighting to keep their monastery alive When the bones of Brigid go missing from their church, the theft threatensIn an evocative Celtic novel set in a time when druids roamed the land, lively young sister Deirdre embarks on a mission to find the stolen bones of her convent s patron saintIn ancient Ireland, an island ruled by kings and druids, the nuns of Saint Brigid are fighting to keep their monastery alive When the bones of Brigid go missing from their church, the theft threatens to destroy all they have worked for No one knows the danger they face better than Sister Deirdre, a young nun torn between two worlds.Trained as a bard and raised by a druid grandmother, she must draw upon all of her skills, both as a bard and as a nun, to find the bones before the convent begins to lose faith.

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    1. 3.5 Saint Brigid's bones are said to heal, foster miracles and bring luck to those who come in contact with them. They are kept at the abbey of Kildare, a religious house founded by Brigid herself. When these bones go missing Sister Deirdre is commanded to the abbess to find them.This is the time of Druids, traveling bards, various clans all with their own kings, thief, and yes, hard to believe I know, but even bishops and other churchmen with greed in their hearts.It has been a while since I ha [...]

    2. Major reaction to this book: it felt comfortable. I was happy to be among these characters. There were plenty of relationships to provide scope for future books. I liked the emphasis on women's issues and the way this religious group accepted the value in the "old ways" even while building their own Christian community. I did question the author on one thing that bumped me out of the story with its anachronistic feel. One character referred to the North Pole which just didn't feel right coming f [...]

    3. I was first drawn to this book on my local library's shelf because of its description as a "Celtic Adventure." I am a fan of historical fiction, even moreso when spirituality is in the mix. I expected the development of spiritual themes would be part of this book's weave, said to be: "set in a time when Druids roamed the land," and featuring a young nun as its protagonist, charged with finding the bones of Saint Brigid stolen from her convent in Kildare.The book is written at a fifth grade readi [...]

    4. I just couldn't get into this one. I loved the author's biography of St. Patrick, and the premise for this story sounded fantastic. Unfortunately I thought that the characters were flat, the mystery was not compelling, and everyone talked and acted in an overly modern manner. About a third of the way through the book I found that reading it became a chore. I finally put it down after the graphic (albeit historically accurate) depiction of the crowning of a new king (it involved a horse - don't a [...]

    5. Fans of Ellis Peters Brother Cadfael series will enjoy the Celtic adventures of Sister Deirdre. Born of Irish nobility she was trained as a Druid and a Bard by her grandmother after she was orphaned as a child. As an adult she left her husband following the death her child and joined the monastery founded by Brigid who became a saint following her death. After a new constructed church burns to the ground with Sister Deirdre asleep inside and the theft of Saint Brigid's relics, she is tasked with [...]

    6. Interesting tale based on religious and fairy tale mythology combined. The best mythology frequently comes, as this story does, from Irish folklore.

    7. I found the two books by Philip Freeman on the library shelf, fresh and new, purporting to be "Celtic Adventure"s so I checked them out and read both, this one being the first following "Sister Deirdre," a sort of Christian with Druid background and beliefs.I found the books simplistic and shallow. I have read many books of fiction covering the same time period and place (ancient Ireland) and prefer other writers in this genre. I must include a warning on this one for sensitive readers: avoid th [...]

    8. This book had potential. I was excited to read it, as I usually devour books that take place in ancient Ireland. However, this book had several historic inaccuracies that drove me crazy. As a Celtic studies professor who graduated from Harvard, one would think he would be more careful about that. I kept complaining about it to my best friend and she said it sounded like he was dumbing down the book. I believe she was right. I didn't hate the book, but didn't really like it either.

    9. Honestly, it is a story for fifth graders if that. However, it has some good information on 6th century Ireland and a good way to introduce young minds to the complex issue of how Christianity mixed with the old traditions of Ireland at the very beginning.

    10. I will admit, I had troubles getting into this book. The beginning dragged in pacing, and I honestly didn't like Deirdre, the main character all that well. At the end of the book, I was still on the fence about her. The rest of the pacing was okay.My main issues:1. The use of the term North Pole --wasn't the earth still considered flat at this point in history? It really threw me out of the book and the setting. He uses the term "serial killer" in the info for the 2nd book in the series; I'll st [...]

    11. I won a copy of Saint Brigid's Bones: A Celtic Adventure by Philip Freeman from .Readers are swept up and then gently settled into Sister Deirdre's Celtic world by author Philip Freeman in his novel, Saint Brigid's Bones. Readers don't need to be experts of Celtic history as the writing is uncomplicated and inviting.Perfect for lovers of Historical Fiction, the novel explores the roles of Druids and Roman Catholics in Ireland while also exploring the very personal concerns of the main character. [...]

    12. Um. Welle super-long paragraphs of run-on explanation (which went completely unappreciated by both character and reader) coupled with thewhatever the hell is actually going on with the church and the bonest so good.The first sentence was brilliant! The next 6 pages, not so much. Barely survived the first chapter. Would be far more legible if only Freeman didn't write like this was his first fic at age 13.

    13. Nikdy jsem nic podobného nečetla. Je to takový zvláštně jemný příběh. Nečekejte velké napětí a akci, vše jen tak přirozeně plyne od začátku až do konce. Kořením tohoto příběhu je období a místo, ve kterém se odehrává. Tuto knihu bych doporučila hlavně jemnějším duším, které mají rády detektivní příběhy

    14. Kniha se mi velice líbila. Je nevšední a originální jak svým tématem, tak i zpracováním. Detektivní zápletka a její rozuzlení mě mile překvapilo a dlouho jsem se s ničím podobným nesetkala. Milé počtení ve stylu tradiční detektivky, s nimiž se v současnosti už tak často neshledáváme. chrudimka/pozrel-ohen-kosti

    15. I really enjoyed this. I had never heard of this series nor the author, but saw it available as a giveaway. Well I checked and my library had a copy. I enjoy the time period, the spunkiness of the main character, the setting and the mystery. Well written and entertaining.

    16. Fun mystery from the time soon after St. Brigid's life (the 500s). From what I know, it seems to be an accurate picture of the lives of people living in Ireland. There are enough historical facts to keep it interesting to me. I recommend this book if you like reading about historical Ireland.

    17. Saint Brigid’s Bones may occur in the 6th century, but it has the feel of a modern-day novel. The language and sentence structure are very pithy and contemporary. Dierdre is quite emancipated even before her vows as a nun. Her vocation and her family history give her more freedoms than one expects any female to have been able to achieve. All of this makes the entire novel feel otherworldly and lessens the impact of any historical accuracy. There is no note of authenticity which allows readers [...]

    18. I adore Celtic history and have for a long time. This book seemed like a perfect fit for me. I did enjoy quite a bit of the setting and historical details, but the writing was off enough that I couldn't get fully involved in the story.Sister Deirdre as a character wasn't as rounded as I would have liked. Her passion made her interesting, but her simplistic views of the mystery in which she finds herself were baffling. Deirdre clearly is an intelligent woman, but she makes assumptions all the tim [...]

    19. Saint Brigid’s Bones by Philip Freeman does a very good job of bringing ancient Ireland to life. The landscapes are painted with the written word quite vividly. The time period is rendered accessible to the modern reader by the easy language that is used. The only issue some people might have with reading this is that some character names are quite unfamiliar and might be difficult to pronounce, and the same might be said for a few place names as well.The pacing of the story is nice and even. [...]

    20. When the bones of Saint Brigid go missing from the monastery at Kildare, the task of recovering them is assigned to Sister Deirdre, a nun raised in a Druid family and trained as a professional bard.The bones and their healing powers draw pilgrims to Kildare and the monastery is largely dependent on donations for its ministry. Without this support Sister Anna, the abbess, fears the school must close and the poor be turned away.Deirdre, already guilty over the accidental burning of a new church in [...]

    21. I quite liked this book a lot, it was definitely pretty cliche at times, pretty obvious this was the author's first book- writing wise. But besides that it was really good; great mystery that kept me intrigued, great history and settings, but mostly really vibrant and fun characters. Deirdre especially was such a strong, brave, independent woman, she was a great protagonist to follow. I would have given it another star if the ending was different, which is my biggest problem with the book.There' [...]

    22. This is the story of a nunnery in Kildare in Ireland. They are dedicated to St. Brigid and have her remains kept in a sacred place. Visitors come to pray at her bones and bring donations to the monastery. Without these donations, the nuns will not be able to survive through the winter. So, Sister Dierdre is assigned to investigate.Before she was a nun, she was raised as a bard which is a position accorded high honor in Ireland. So she uses her reputation and smarts to traverse Ireland and find s [...]

    23. Well I have to say while I didn't dislike the book I was disappointed in it. It so fell short of what it could have been. Early Christianity, Druids, Bards: there is so much wonderful and interesting information that could have been a part of this but wasn't. It was a light mystery with a main character who blunders her way to the answer, doing much that would be ridiculous to do were there any truth in it. Believing since she was a nun and great Bard from a Great Bard family (which we got to re [...]

    24. The milieu and characters are not as well fleshed-out as were those in the initial Sister Fidelma series, though the main two characters have potential. I didn't get an impression that i was there in Ireland of the 500's, about a generation (plus+?) after Patrick brought Christianity. As in the Fidelma series there is tension between those adhering to Irish Christian customs and those importing Roman Christian customs, though from the Fidelma series I thought that tension began a little earlier. [...]

    25. 3.5 Stars - This was an entertaining tale of sixth-century cloistered life within Ireland - the peaceful (for the most part) coexistence of Pagan and Christian ritual and thought. The characters are well-developed and the women - strong in character. The quest was thwarted with twists, turns and deadends. The reader is held in suspense until the very end (although some may have their suspicions as each option is ruled out). As entertaining as the story was, I cannot say that I was transported to [...]

    26. Looks like he gets a pass b/c it may be his first novel? Predictable and simple writing and scenarios. Wish he could capture the true essence of what he is trying to write about: just doesn't have the perspective of a Christian, so can't seem to be able to really know how a nun/monk would think or react. The story is decent and thankfully mostly wraps up in the end. Just a little flat. Decent characters. Best of luck on the next one.

    27. Why are so many women in mysteries shown as ignorant, stupid, or careless? In this story, our main character is neither of those, but she is oblivious, which in some cases can be worse. She is a nun, and apparently has leave to travel all over, doing what she feels is her job, even when specifically ordered not to. She solves the mystery, but in an accidental way, but along the way manages to bring other evils to light and hopefully to correction.

    28. It was an okay novel. I felt like many of the characters were not very detailed; some of them were even a bit cardboard-y. I would have liked more detail on the historical setting and context. This is a rich setting for any novel, with plenty of possibilities for political and religious tension, but that's didn't come through very strongly here, in my opinion. Still, I'll give the sequel a try at some point.

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