St. Patrick’s Day fantasy reading

March 17, 2015 Miscellany 6

Looking for fantasy with an Irish flavor for your St. Patrick’s Day reading? Try one of these:

Dark Witch (review), Shadow Spell (review), and Blood Magick by Nora Roberts. Magic and romance, time travel and an ancient evil, all set in contemporary Ireland.


Hounded (book 1 in the Iron Druid series) by Kevin Hearne (review). Takes place in Arizona, but the main character is a 2100-year-old Druid, and the Irish gods play a prominent role.


Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier. Historical fantasy incorporating a retelling of the Seven Swans story, set in early Ireland.


The Copper Crown by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison. First in her Keltiad series about descendents of the Celts who left Ireland and colonized the stars. Sword and sorcery plus space travel. (My favorite in the series is actually The Throne of Scone, the second book, which comes before this one and gives a deep look into the culture of Keltia.)


St. Patrick’s Gargoyle by Katherine Kurtz. “When vandals break into St. Patrick’s Cathedral, a gargoyle named Paddy takes to the streets of Dublin in search of revenge-but nothing could have prepared him for the evil that descends when he finds it.” Fun and not terribly long.


And if that’s not enough, here’s a list of SF & Fantasy set in Ireland (or analogues thereof), and a list of Irish fantasy authors.

6 Responses to “St. Patrick’s Day fantasy reading”

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      The Roberts books? I really enjoyed them, but they got mixed reviews. Something about the whole mix of magic, romance, and Ireland really appeals to me.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I need to get back to the Iron Druid books. I bogged down in book four for some reason. And I really love the Nora Roberts trilogy!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I think I have a three-in-one of hers set in Ireland, that I picked up at the library booksale. Still with magic but less of it. I haven’t read it yet; maybe I’ll save it for St. Patrick’s Day next year!