The Words of Kings and Prophets (Gael Song) (Hardcover)

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This is book number 2 in the Gael Song series.


The sequel to the critically acclaimed The Children of Gods and Fighting Men, The Words of Kings and Prophets is the powerful new historical fantasy novel by Shauna Lawless.

Power fades but fire endures...

Ireland, 1000 AD. Clouds of war gather for mortals and immortals alike as the Irish kingdoms strive for supremacy.

Gormflaith, unhappy queen of Brian Boru, schemes to destroy the Descendants, sworn enemies of her Fomorian kind. As her plans take an unexpected turn, Gormflaith discovers her magic is more powerful than she ever realised – but at what cost?

Descendant healer Fódla dwells disguised in the mortal world, seeking to protect her young nephew – but the boy has secrets of his own. Fódla must do all in her power to keep him hidden from those who would use him for evil.

When a mysterious man comes to King Brian's court, his presence could spell disaster for both Gormflaith and Fódla – and for Ireland herself. For he is Tomas, an ambitious immortal – and he will do anything to see his plans become reality…

Reviewers on Shauna Lawless' GAEL SONG series:

'Lawless blends fantasy with historical fiction to great effect.' SFX
'Celebrates the extraordinary history and cultural traditions of Ireland while giving voice to the women who helped shape it.' Lucy Holland
'A beguiling blend of fantasy, history, and politics..' D.K. Fields

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. Her debut novel, The Children of Gods and Fighting Men, has been critically acclaimed. The Words of Kings and Prophets is the second volume in the Gael Song trilogy.

Follow Shauna on @shaunaLwrites

Praise For…

“Lawless continues to weave a tale of power, magic and ambition… brimming with tension and a real love of Ireland and its history, The Words of Kings and Prophets is a welcome return to a world of enthralling historical fantasy” —SciFi Now

“Lawless blends the fantasy, myth, and historical elements with a masterly hand. There is a wonderfully atmospheric sense of place, I slipped into the pages and visualised my surroundings as I explored... I could feel this world balancing on an edge ready to plummet. An enthralling and entirely satisfying read.” —Liz Robinson, LoveReading

“Gripping and beautiful. A Celtic Last Kingdom with wild magic and fierce heroines.” —Anna Smith Spark on Shauna Lawless

“It's drawn comparisons to both Game of Thrones and The Last Kingdom, but with its own distinct flavor thanks to its Irish roots and clashing factions of magic. If you're a fan of either of those series this is one you probably want on your radar.” —Winter Is Coming

Highlander meets The Last Kingdom... 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 on Shauna Lawless

Product Details
ISBN: 9781803282671
ISBN-10: 1803282673
Publisher: Head of Zeus -- an AdAstra Book
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2023
Pages: 464
Language: English
Series: Gael Song