Blog tour: The Children Of Lir by Marion Grace Woolley

Hello Readers,
Today I am blog tour for The Children Of Lir by Marion Grace Woolley thank you at Frasers Fun House for the invite and for sending me an ebook.  I have a spotlight and miniature review for you?

Tittle: The Children of Lir
Author: Marion Grace Woolley
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Pages:  467 pages
Publication Date:  August 15th 2019
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A curse that lasted 900 years, a legend that lasted forever.
From the Iron Age of Ireland to the dawn of Christianity, this epic retelling traverses the realms of magic and sorcery. From the fort of Fionnachaidh to the watery wastes of Sruth na Maoile, it tells of the downfall of an ancient race and the children caught in its wake.
Grieving for the loss of his wife, King Lir marries her younger sister, Aoife. Jealous of her husband’s children she calls on the power of the Aos Sí and their Phantom Queen, making a bargain that will cost her life.
The children, turned to swans, are cast out upon the waves in an adventure that sees empires rise and fall as centuries pass. Eventually, they must choose between the world they once knew and a future they do not understand.

About the author:
Marion works as an international development consultant and builds pianos in her spare time. She is currently trying to build the first ever piano in Rwanda through the Kigali Keys project.

She writes across different genres, but usually dark fiction. She is best known for Those Rosy Hours at Mazandaran, and her debut novel, Lucid, was shortlisted for the Luke Bitmead Bursary for New Writers in 2009.

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This is quite a sentimental review for me I'm sorry. When I was asked to join the blog tour for Children of Lir I was so excited as my Irish Grandmother had told me a version of the tale growing up and before she died, she got me an Irish Folklore book that contains this legend. The Children of Lir is a story that is close to my heart and I  loved Marion's skilful use of the Gaelic language it was a wonderful reminder of my grandma and my heritage.

The Children of Lir is the re-telling of an old Irish folklore tale about the King of Lir and his 4 children who were cursed to live as swans for 900 years, the children of Lir become a legend. The Children of Lir is a legend from Irish mythology and combines both the magical elements from the Druids with the Christian message of faith bringing freedom from suffering.
King Lir is mourning the loss of his wife when he re-marries her younger sister who just so happens to have a jealousy curse that turns Lir’s children into swans.  

There is the most wonderful addition in my opinion and that is the retelling dives straight into what happened to the children before telling short stories of people whose lives were affected after the transformation. This adds another dimension to the book I never thought about.

 I think this would be perfect for anyone who hasn’t heard of the original tale as the story is detailed and is character-driven. You get an understanding of the gods, magic, time itself seem to be characters here, and I loved being wrapped up in the fabric of ancient Ireland.
L x


  1. Thank you so much for joining the tour and taking the time to review. Really glad you enjoyed it. - Marion

    1. I loved the book it meant more to me than I thought it would


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