Set in 16th-century Ireland, Harrisons debut series combines simplicity and enchantment with historical texture and vivid landscapes, as Mara, a woman appointed judge and lawgiver of Mullaghmore Mountain, seeks to solve the mystery of a mans death.
Adult/High School-Mara is a Brehon, or judge, in the Irish kingdom of the Burrens. She was appointed by the king and is highly respected throughout her community and the small law school she runs. She uses her powers of observation to solve crimes, whether the murder of one of her assistants or the disappearance of a neighbor's cow. YAs will be pulled into the story through Harrison's description of the harsh but beautiful landscapes and the many memorable characters, including the young people at the school and in the community. These teens have much in common with today's youth: they fall in love and face parental disapproval. Readers will learn a little Gaelic and something about ancient Irish law and how it contrasts with the harsh Roman laws found in an ever-looming England. Appropriate for pleasure reading or learning about medieval history.-Deirdre Cerkanowicz, Berkeley Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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August 19, 2008
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