Book Review: Lagan Love by: Peter Murphy

Rating: 3.5/5

Publisher: Fiction Studio Books

Publish Date: June 7, 2011

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Trade Paperback

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Synopsis: Janice has grown tired of her sheltered existence in Toronto and when Aidan leads her through the veils of the Celtic Twilight, she doesn't hesitate. In their love, Aidan sees a chance for redemption and Janice sees a chance for recognition.

Sinead tells her that it is all nonsense as she keeps her head down and her eyes fixed on her own prize. She is a little miffed that Janice and Aidan are together, so there is little she can say. And besides, she has enough to do as her parents are torn apart by the rumors of church scandals.

But after a few nights in Grogan’s, where Dublin’s bohemians gather, or a day in Clonmacnoise among the ruins of Celtic Crosses, it doesn’t matter as the ghosts of Aidan’s mythologies take form and prey on the friends until everything is at risk.

Lagan Love is a sensuous story of love, lust and loss that brings into question the cost we pay for our dreams.

Review: Lagan Love is a story which mixes old Irish mythology and folklore regarding the Fair Folk. The Leanan sídhe in particular - a being of the Fair Folk who offers inspiration to an artist (of any sort) in exchange for their love and devotion. However, loving a Leanan sídhe has it's heavy price: madness and premature death. In the words of W.B. Yeats in regard to the Leanan sídhe, "...if they [the mortal] consent, they are hers, and can only escape by finding another to take their place."

Lagan Love is a tale of loss, the meaning of love, and the price we mortals pay for fame.



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