Author: Frank Delaney
Summary: Long long ago, when the pigs ate the apples off the trees and the birds flew upside down - so begins a tale by an Irish fireside. And thereby Frank Delaney, the New York Times bestselling author of Ireland, launches STORYTELLERS, a new series of short stories in the oral tradition, created specially for e-readers. In his first story, this master of the legendary form creates THE DRUID, a fascinating character full of cunning and false magic, who tries to win the hand of a beautiful girl.
My Rating: 8.75/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: This is part of a series of short stories the author has written and if you haven't experienced him yet, than this is a good place to start. This book was a wonderful little short story and reminded me of the mini stories within author's novel, Ireland. Tie in some mythology and magic, and you have a very good story.
I enjoyed the introduction, as the author explores the idea of storytellers, setting up the atmosphere of listening to the story teller personally telling the story the reader, focusing on the experience of having the story being told to you as much as the story it self - much like his novel, Ireland. The story was very well written, and the author managed to create some very developed, complex and interesting characters in a short time. He was also able to give some background information and description of events, setting or mythology, without compromising the story or character's overall development. The writing was superb - it was just as good as his novels, and just like his novels, you are able to become lost in the writing and storytelling.
Overall, a very well done short story - had me looking forward to the next instalment from the Storyteller series, which I read almost immediately
Would I recommend it to read: I would, especially to fans of the author, Irish fiction and short stories.
What to read next: Ireland by Frank Delaney, the other short story in the Storytellers series, The Girl Who Lived on the Moon (I believe there are more to come)
*I've Combined this book and The Girl Who Lived in the Moon to count as one entry, but both are separate books and have separate reviews.