My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Morgan Llywelyn is one of my all-time favorite authors. I love her take on Celtic history and mythology – particularly the way she can tell larger than life stories and still not lose sight of the individual people at the heart of the legend. Her latest book, Brendan, tells the story of St. Brendan the Navigator who, according to legend, sailed off to find Paradise, visiting many fantastic places and having many incredible adventures along the way. It reminded me a lot of an Irish / Christian version of Homer’s Odyssey.
I can’t say that Brendan will ever be my favorite Morgan Llywelyn book. It never quite lives up to Llywelyn’s best (Lion of Ireland, Bard: The Odyssey of the Irish, Red Branch, or Finn MacCool) but it was an interesting read.