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1. The Hawk's Gray Feather
2. Hedge of Mist
3. The Copper Crown: A Novel of the
4. The Deer's Cry: A Book of the
5. Blackmantle: A Triumph (Keltiad)
6. The Silver Branch : A Novel of
7. Crusade of Fire: Mystical Tales
8. The Throne of Scone: Second Book
9. Strange Days. Mein Leben mit Jim
10. Biography - Kennealy Morrison,
11. The Throne of Scone (Keltiad)
12. The Oak Above the Kings: A Book
13. Oak Above the Kings, Volume II
14. BLACKMANTLE: A Triumph
15. Blackmantle: A Book of the Keltiad
16. The Oak Above the Kings: A Book
17. Blackmantle
18. The Hedge of Mist
19. The HEDGE Of MIST.A Book of the

1. The Hawk's Gray Feather
by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison
 Mass Market Paperback: Pages (1994)

Asin: B000GRRTZG
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars So glad i picked this up!
I love Arthurian novels, and this one was such a wondeful suprise.
The novel is narrated by Talesin(that might be misspelled) As a child of not quite six, he is spirited away from his home. He is raised in thew house hold of Ygrawn and Gorlas,lord and lady of Daars. Also there, Talisins foster brother, Arthur. The two grow up together, and share many adventures, until one day, fate strikes..

The worlds of Keltia are being ruled over by a man named Ederyn, known as the Death Druid. For two hundred years hes held sway, and the time is coming when he will be toppled. He has spent the last two hundred years destroying or hunting down claimants to the throne,The House of Don.

Finally, a refreshing take. I've long wanted to read a book that centers on Arthur, and here, for once, is a likable arthur, in a whole new way!

5-0 out of 5 stars simply superb
This book seems to be nothing more than another retelling of the Arthurian legends. But it is so much more than that. It majestically weaves colorful characters and intriguing storylines with a fresh plot. I highly recommend it for any fans of Celtic legends and certainly any Arthur fans.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow.Arthur in the Stars
In what has to be one of the most original takes on the Arthurian mythos, Patricia Kennealy-Morrison places Arthur's early years in Keltia, as a rising star and prince in the struggle to free the Keltic worlds and Keltia from the Theocracy and the Death-Druid that has taken power.All this seen though the eyes of Arthur's foster brother, who becomes one of Keltia's greatest bards and mate to Arthur's sister, Morgan. Very well done - and leaves you wanting more.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow.Arthur in the Stars
In what has to be one of the most original takes on the Arthurian mythos, Patricia Kennealy-Morrison places Arthur's early years in Keltia, as a rising star and prince in the struggle to free the Keltic worlds and Keltia from the Theocracy and the Death-Druid that has taken power.All this seen though the eyes of Arthur's foster brother, who becomes one of Keltia's greatest bards and mate to Arthur's sister, Morgan. Very well done - and leaves you wanting more.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Arthurian Trilogy yet!!
I have been a fan of Arthurian legend forever.This series is my favorite of all time.The characters feel like friends you've known or you wish you had known.The places come alive like no book I've ever read.I knew how the story was to end but cried anyway.PKM's books are my favorite of all time.I recommend this series as well as her other series.She is a great author and shame on the publishers for not continuing with her work, the way she AND her fan/consumers wish. ... Read more

2. Hedge of Mist
by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison
Mass Market Paperback: 592 Pages (1997-01)
list price: US$5.99 -- used & new: US$40.37
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Asin: 0061056049
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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In this third book in a dazzling trilogy, Patricia Kennealy-Morrison takes her space-goingArthurian legends to a moving and triumphantconclusiona Graal Quest unlike any other.

The final novel in this sequence of Kennealy-Morrison's highly acclaimed science-fantasyseries, The Keltiad.

Forfans of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Arthurian fantasy, The Mists of Avalon.Amazon.com Review
In this third volume of the Tales of Arthur series, Taliesin Glyndour, chief poet of Keltia, reveals the climax of the epic of Arthur, his sister Morgan, his beloved Gweniver, and the questfor the Graal -- and finally brings his own Triad to triumphant completion. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Not what I was hoping for.
It grieves me to say some of this stuff, seeing as how this series came very highly recommended from a friend (who told me to read the Arthur books, then the Aeron books, and finally the two standalones--and, given the kind of reviews Blackmantle is getting from you, my dear fellow reviewers, I do NOT think I shall be reading that one).

This is a series that simply didn't work for me.I've been told that Kennealy considers this to be a sci-fi series more than a fantasy, and yet, there isn't any actual science in them.Ships and the rare computers are controlled by crystals.Horses still seem to provide 99.9% of transportation.Bedding is made of fur.There are no paternity tests, apparently (an important plot point).This is not a scientific world.It is a fantasy, pure and simple.

Also, there are no surprises.Kennealy invokes "dan" (karma, fate, doom, whatever) at every corner, meaning that each and every major plot point is revealed well before it becomes an issue.I found myself rolling my eyes, wondering what the Kelts would think of us Terrans, who aren't given the opportunity to know EXACTLY what we'll be having for breakfast in forty years, much less EXACTLY how long we'll live, who we'll marry, what the names of our grandchildren will be, what our great and mystical destiny will be...

My friend was excited to tell me that there was no Lancelet figure in this series.Well, excepting Keils, there wasn't...but Lancelet is an important part of the Arthur legend.A very, very important part.Because, you see, it is mostly as a result of the whole Gwen/Lance thing that Arthur nanced off to get himself killed, and Camelot fell.

Last major gripe: there is no character development anywhere here.Oh, sure, characters grow up, and grow older, but they don't change must.(Okay, okay, Gweniver changes a bit, over the course of her hundred or so year lifespan.)No, Taliesin is the same person at 100 that he was at five.Donah and Loherin and Tarian and all these other character appear and move offstage without the reader ever having any insight into their being.

All of that said, there were some wonderful parts in this trilogy: the Yamazai were extremely cool, as was the whole "Hedge of Mist" idea, the idea of Taliesin's mother being from earth...probably the scene that moved me most was Arthur and company's demise, which I will not spoil for those of you intent upon reading this book.

Taliesin is a great character, and a great narrator, tempered by humor and anger and love and loyalty, and one is left with the impression that there could be no better bard to tell this story.If only the whole first HALF of this book didn't feel like such a death march to the end...

5-0 out of 5 stars a magnetic book
i couldn't put this book down for 2 days.the story of taliesin is a new one and the male point of view for kennealy is also new.this is much better than even "the hawk's gray feather" "the oak above the kings".

you'll love it.don't try to start one without having both of the others with you.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best Arthurian tales out there
This entire trilogy is wonderfully written and the tales are vibrant with imagery. A must read for anyone. One warning once you go keltiad you never go back. :) Any book by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison is a must own.

5-0 out of 5 stars Arthur, as the once and _truly_ future king.
In her final book of the "Tales of Arthur" trilogy, Patricia Kennally uses the rich Arthurian legend to its best advantage, spinning it lightyears away 1,000 years in the future.Though her first two books ofthis series utilized the Arthurian legend, the scope of the myth was notfully tapped into until this book. I had the great fortune to be readingthis book at the same time as _La Morte de Arthur_ by Thomas Mallory, andthe connections between the two struck me almost every page.Kennally is amaster at symbolism and archetypes, and the joy of recognition hits oftenin this retelling that adds, not detracts from the Arthurian legend.

5-0 out of 5 stars Kennealy-Morrison at her best
When, upon finishing the first two books of this trilogy, I realized I had lost my prized copy of the third, I went into a frenzy; upon finding it, I read it without stopping. (Kennealy-Morrison's works are best read, by the way, with Enya's "The Celts" CD on endless loop in the background.) Despite the thickness that has earned these books the name of doorstoppers and the rather unscientific science, not to mention the highly unorthodox retelling of the Arthurian myths, I fell in love with these books both as an admirer of the Tales of Aeron and as a follower of Arthuriana in all its different forms. No matter what else there is to say, there's no doubt that the first book will hook you on the series, the second will draw you deeper in, and the third will leave you with a glowing sense of completion.If you've never read any of Kennealy-Morrison's works before, I recommend starting with this trilogy, going on to the Tales of Aeron (which should be read in chronological order: Silver Branch, Copper Crown, Throne of Scone), and then waiting--impatiently, as every fan is--for Blackmantle to come out in paperback. If you insist on chronology, of course, Blackmantle should come first, but I personally wouldn't put off this experience for anything. ... Read more

3. The Copper Crown: A Novel of the Keltiad
by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison, Patricia Kennealy
Hardcover: 329 Pages (1984-12)
list price: US$15.95
Isbn: 0312940629
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A perfect blend of futuristic and ancient themes
I am, as a rule, not a fan of science fiction, however this book (and indeed the Keltiad series) have been a great exception.

The premise that a breakaway group of Earth born explorers, using magic and advanced science learned from the lost civilization of Atlantis, escape the surely bonds of Earth in 435AD and establish a civilization among the stars.The Kelts advance technologically and socially at a far greater pace than their earth-bound ancestors and succeed in staying hidden for thousands of years until rediscovered by a peaceful earth exploration ship, the Sword, captained by Theo Haruko. This first contact from the homeworld sparks an intergalactic conflict of kingdoms.

Old meets new, and beyond, as we meet Queen Aeron, her consort Gwydion, and the rest of her court and country. Their manners may be old and courtly, but they are anything but quaint.Relying on a combination of science and ancient magic, and their new found friendship with the visitors from Earth, Aeron must fight to keep Keltia free from Imperial invaders.

Warfare that is a combination of sword and cloak, lasers and space ship, mesh seamlessly and believably in this lavish and sweeping saga.

Be certain to have the sequel, The Throne of Scone ready to continue as there is hardly a breath between the action of the two.

5-0 out of 5 stars Timeless Treasure
I read this series (beginning with The Copper Crown) when it first came out in the 1980's and have re-read it many times since.I've also given these books as gifts through the years and I recommend them as the best of legend inspired series.This is excellent sci-fi/fantansy with richly developed characters, intriguing plots and storylines, and worlds that are easy to visualize because of the author's evocative style of writing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I love this book - I've read my copy to pieces. Keltia is a fascinating place, and this book is filled with vivid characters.

5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful blend of sf and mythic fantasy!
I stumbled across this book and The Throne of Scone in the mid 80s and was drawn to them because of the Celtic myth aspect. I was never really a fan of space opera, or war in space stories, but the combination of the two in these books is irresistible. I laughed aloud at the statement by one of the Earth travelers, "The Irish are from outer space??" and was lost to the real world for the duration. I learned a lot about Celtic myth and about Pagan religion from Kennealy-Morrison's books, which led me to other books about the cultures indigenous to the British Isles prior to the Angles' and Saxons' incursions. So I have always been grateful to the author for writing these books. I read that she is planning to restart her Keltiad, to an as of now undetermined degree, after being dumped by HarperCollins. All I can say is bring it on, please! I have missed having a new Keltiad book to read for the last almost ten years. Hooray for the good guys!

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fantastic !!
I just absolutely love this book ... all the books in this extensive series are fantastic.I wish Patricia Kennealy-Morrison would continue writing more books the series.

Her writing style is just so enthralling.I love the story and all the characters.

Aeron and Gwydion are the perfect heros/lovers and the whole fantasy world is just so loveable.

... Read more

4. The Deer's Cry: A Book of the Keltiad
by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison
Mass Market Paperback: 489 Pages (1999-08)
list price: US$6.50
Isbn: 0061059277
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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For many centuries, an age of magic and peace has flourished in Ireland for the faerie race known as the Danaans. But an invader has now come to those shores who will conquer more fatally than any army, driving the Old Ways from the land forever. His name is Pátraic--and he will be the worst thing that ever happened to Ireland...

In the Earth year 453 by the Common Reckoning, a small fleet of ships left Ireland, carrying emigrants seeking a new home in a far land. But he seas they crossed were not the wild Western Ocean, nor were the ships they sailed the leather-hulled boats of later legend.

Those ships were starships; the oceans the dark starry gulfs of space itself. The new world they sought was a distant double-ringed planet, and though this great heroic voyage was indeed led by a man called Brendan, he was no Christian navigator-monk but the son of a mortal lord and a princess of the Sidhe. And when magic began to die in Ireland, he took the best of Celtdom to the stars.

In The Deer's Cry, eight book of her Keltiad series, Patricia Kennealy-Morrison takes us back to the distant days when Keltia was not yet, and weaves the tale of how it came to be... ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars The Deer's Whimper
Let me state, first and foremost, this is the most egregious example of Mary Sue-ism I have ever read.It stinks; it wreaks; it screams Mary Sue.I didn't know you could do that with an entire book, not just a character.If you don't know what Mary Sue means, Google it and chortle.

The entire book reads like bad fanfic.While I can admire well done flowery prose, detailed descriptions and an attempt to differentiate the speech of an ancient people, the prose clunks along, a well-turned phrase suddenly crumpling into ungrammatical pain.The book is full of interminable descriptions with tongue-twisting dialogue even the characters would have protested if they could speak their minds.I would skip several paragraphs at once to get to the heart of a scene because her descriptions rarely had bearing on the action and were too boring/distracting to plow through.To publish such poor writing should be a crime.

There was nothing resembling tension, action, risk or excitement in this book.Ms. Kennealy is simply relating to her readers the events of the Celt's (Kelt's) immram from Earth and she's managed to strip every last hint of passion from it.Despite the fact her readers know it succeeded there's not the slightest bit of worry that some of the key characters may not make it.There is not the tiniest fear that their plans will be found out by Patraic or his followers and nefarious plots hatched to stop them.There is not the teensiest concern that a close friend might betray them.There is so little danger to the character's or their endeavor you wonder why you're reading it at all.

I honestly disliked the childish manner in which she portrayed both faiths.I'm a Pagan and even I found the way she treated Christianity to be offensive and rude, using the same hack arguments without thought.And she did equal disservice to her version of ancient Celtic faith (not that anything is actually known other than what little Irish monk-scholars recorded at the time) by holding it up as the one and far better faith.She becomes guilty of the hubris she decries in Patraic and his followers.

This book could have been so much better if Patraic were as sympathetic and admirable as Brendan and they had honest debates about the merits and flaws of each religion.But that would have taken away her cardboard cutout bad guy as well as her catalyst for the immram.Then Ms. Kennealy would have had to do something she seems incapable of - coming up with a better, more compelling reason for the Kelts to leave Earth.So, Patraic and his followers are brutish thugs and Brendan and the other Gael/Danaans proclaim themselves and their faith superior with a smirk and a wink.Yeah, that's mature.

If you need a Kelts in Space fix, go back and read her first three books.They are far, far better than this effort.

1-0 out of 5 stars I think the Goddess is getting bored with her mouthpiece
Once, and not so very long ago, Patricia Kennealy-Morrison wrote fascinating books setting the Kelts in space.She created one of the best-loved fantasy heroines in Aeron, and rewrote the Arthurian legend.Then she wrote the turgid Blackmantle.I hoped it was an aberration, a necessary cleansing of her memories and grievances that somehow missed the editor's desk, and looked forward to her next book.

The Deer's Cry is the story of Brendan the Astrogator, the Kelt who led his people to space, and it should be a rollicking, wild ride.Instead, Kennealy-Morrison puts the reader to sleep with an overlong volume of endless bickering between Brendan and Padraig, also known as St. Patrick, using their feud to symbolize the conflict between pagans and the Church.That, I could have handled; the pagan world's reaction to Christianity was not always awe and acceptance, and it would have been a treat to show some real arguments and debates between the two principals--if Brendan had been less self-righteous, or Padraig the least bit sympathetic.Instead, the characters are all drawn in black and white, the battle is overbalanced in favor of the pagans (who always manage to get in the last word), and everything about the Christians or the early Celtic Church is shown in the darkest light possible.

I'm not looking forward to another book in this planned trilogy.If this is the form Kennealy-Morrison plans to espouse from now on, I dread thinking about what her Gwydion trilogy will look like.For now, I'll keep my "Keltiad" and "Arthur" trilogies as an example of what Kennealy-Morrison can do when she's focused and uses an editor.

1-0 out of 5 stars Unmitigated Bilge
This book is racist and full of screeching dogma.It's also badly written, with clunky prose and eleven-line sentences.The action has a pace like continental drift.

The least we could hope for is an interesting way to be offended, but nope.Don't waste your money.No worry you'd waste your time, because it's unreadable.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good book, horrid cover
When I fist saw this book in the bookstore, it was filed in the "Romance" section, due to the cover art. Like "Blackmantle" before it, it has those horrible bodice-ripper-style covers that cause it's target audience to overlook it and mistake it for romance. Heck, not even the bookstores seemed to be able to place it properly.

That being said, it's actually a fairly good, (if occasionally preachy), story about the Celtic, (later Keltic) immagration from Earth to escape the religious prosectution of "St." Patrick and his followers. (which even other Christians suffered from, as witness the group that flees with the Kelts when they escape the Celtic lands.)

The main weakness isn't really the fault of Patricia Kennealy-Morrison, but of the publishers. Mainly that it's too condensed. Originally meant as the first of a trilogy like her "Aeron" and "Arthur" series, it was rewritten as a stand-alone by decree of her publisher, who then dropped her like a hot potato, (a fate hurting many of the mid-range genre writers anymore.)It would be nice to see this book rewritten as the first of a trilogy - and in the hands of a publisher that *wants* to try and sell a book and pubicize an author. Patricia Kennealy-Morrison's too good of a writer to deserve this fate.

1-0 out of 5 stars A disappointment
I am a big fan of Patricia Kennealy's Keltiad series and very much enjoyed her other books, but this was a great disappointment. The author makes it very clear that it is her opinion that the bringing of Christianity to Ireland was a crime. It is a shame that the author allowed her feelings to get in the way of writing a decent book. There was a lot of potential of this book, but it was all wasted. If you wish to read a book by Patricia Kennealy - read one of the other books of the Keltiad. ... Read more

5. Blackmantle: A Triumph (Keltiad)
by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison
Mass Market Paperback: 640 Pages (1998-09)
list price: US$6.99 -- used & new: US$11.56
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Asin: 0061056103
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Once, in Keltia, a woman dared to wrest back from the Lord of Death himself the greatest treasure of all: her beloved mate . . .

It is a time when the star-kingdom of Keltia is plagued by the Firvolgi, an ancient alien race. Yet along with a problem, the gods have sent a solution: Athyn Cahanagh, born orphaned on a battlefield, becomes High Queen and drives the invaders out. Athyn--now known as Blackmantle--and the great bard Morric Douglas fall in love and wed, ascending the Keltic throne as king and queen. But the lovely, dissolute courtesan Amzalsunëa vows she would sooner kill her onetime lover Morric than see him with Athyn--and she keeps that vow.

But Athyn has sworn an oath too, one of love and vengeance. Taking the Low Road that only those mighty in magic may tread, she journeys to the Otherland, to find her lost lord and bring him home...

"A splendid tale."
--Publishers Weekly ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Paging Mr. Dickens.
Well, I only read this book to keep up with the rest of the Keltiad, so some of the background detail was Ok.
I will point out one howler, Athyn's much loved stepfather was one of the hated Incomers. At least she waited until he died before she tried to slaughter the rest.
And as for her love life, I'm reminded of Mr. Dickin _David Copperfield_ He couldn't keep King Charles' head out of his writings, Kennealy-Morrisson is obsessing about Jim Morrisson. Give it up. He's DEAD. Personnally if it was that great a romance, he would have made it a legal(civil) marriage a LOT sooner.He was as big a twit as any of the rest of us can be even when we're not strung out on our drug of choice.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not her best, but worth a look
If you enjoy Kennealy's prose as much as I do, then it's worth the read. If you're concerned about the "autobiographical" elements that the other reviewers are so obsessed about, then avoid the book. Kennealy is obviously using her writing and her Keltic world as a forum to work through some very traumatic events, whatever the "truth" of them were. I, for one, think that this book should be looked at more for its literary merits than its supposed autobiographical truths or un-truths. Most of us weren't there, so we don't actually know.

So, in that respect, my thoughts:
Kennealy's prose is as lush as ever, but some of her characters are rather flat. If these people do represent people Kennealy knows/knew, then I can imagine it would be difficult to get into the characters' minds enough to flesh them out as much as is usual for Kennealy, but still. I never felt that Morric was worth the trouble of bringing him back, although the occasional excerpts of his poetry helped, somewhat. Athyn did seem rather too vengeful. We see some of this kind of vengence in the Aeron series, but the characters dealt with their own actions in a more acceptable manner. At least Aeron feels the repercussions of what she does.

I would recommend the Aeron and Arthur series much more strongly than this book. They're better examples of what Kennealy can do. I hope to see more work of that caliber soon.

1-0 out of 5 stars HAHAHA...oh boy...
As we can see, Athyn is a sole loser...yeah she slept with her dream man only because he was famous and she thought that she could control him. If he was a normal guy with a small band, she would be trying to kiss up another rocker...its just a matter of fame and fortune. Its a dirty buisness. I mean I guess it is ok to write how you feel about things, but do you have to be pathetic and use symbols and goths and goblins to do the storytelling. Why doest she say it straight out...not only will it make her seem like a confident (but still a jealous person), I will respect her just a little more if she wrote "My journals" rather than some fantasy island book. But at the same time, she is not special at all..there were others like Nico and Janis who had strong feelings about Morrison too. I dont think she understood that Morrison had liked and loved many, but he wanted to get away from it all by leaving with his soul mate, not you honey. In other words, if he did love you then I think you would have been there with him.Her character is revealed most indefinetly and Patricia should just suck it up and move on. Her writings are boring and unenjoyable. I understand that in the 60s gothica and all this celtic stuff was new, but even then it was still dumb because it was like a game. If there were witches and goblins, I would have seen one by now. I like bashing on fools, what can I say. This book gave me an opportunity to do so. I first thought Ill give this book a chance, but her intentions to kill the girlfriend is just sadistic..I mean come on and take his name off your name too...there is no purpose of it being there I mean no one really cares about your experiences with the Lizard king...It is about the music. Take a hike.

3-0 out of 5 stars Will Read Her Next Book Too
Since I've never been a fan of the Doors, nor do I know much about Jim Morrison's life (and no, I've never seen the movie either)...I did not see the connections between the author's life with JM, or the love-triangle implied therein by the characters in the book. It is with that in mind that I feel I can give an impartial review of this title. It took me a good full chapter to actually get into the cadence of her prose, but once there the story went quickly. I did find the frequent "Keltic" words distracting and tended to pull me completely out of the story. I found the characters sympathic, though I would have liked have seen the story divided equally from both Athyn and Morric's POV's. There were too many magnificent happenings (meeting the faerie-folk, and a ghost horse kind of capped it for me) for one book no matter how lengthy that book happened to be, but I suppose I understand the need for them as plot device. Over all it wasn't a bad read. I read The Copper Crown several years ago and remember it being better. I will read the next book, though, as I don't believe in judging an author solely on the merits or faults of one book.

2-0 out of 5 stars Dark "Blackmantle"
As Patricia Kennealy-Morrison will tell anyone who listens, she once was briefly wed to Doors frontman Jim Morrison. But she rewrites her own love life in "Blackmantle," a messy and rather dizzying fantasy novel, which is too vengeful and wild to be enjoyable in its own right.

Imagine her autobiography "Strange Days," but with a lot more murder.

Athyn was born on a battlefield to a dying mystery woman, and was brought back home as a foundling by one of the surviving warriors. Years later, she is cast out of her family's home by her cruel foster brother, and goes on to become a legendary brehon. Then she discovers the shocking truth -- she is actually the hereditary queen of Keltia.

During this time, she also falls in love with famed bard Morric Douglass. Eventually the two are married, as Athyn drives out the Firvolgi invaders. But the beautiful junkie Amzalsunëa is still obsessed with Morric, and poisons him when he comes to comfort her. Now Athyn goes on a rampage against anyone who wronged Morric -- and then goes into the underworld itself, to challenge the god of death.

At first glance, "Blackmantle" sounds like a sci-fi version of the Orpheus legend. But it becomes clear after a short time that this is a therapy session put to paper, where Kennealy-Morrison can get revenge on all the people in her life who have ticked her off, then live happily ever after with an idealized, faithful Morrison. It gets a little stomach-turning, in more than one way.

It certainly doesn't help that Athyn -- Kennealy-Morrison's glorified alter ego -- is such a nasty person. At one point, she skins and debones several men for trivial slights; she also hunts down and beheads Morric's ex-girlfriend, who is a parodic copy of Morrison's longtime girlfriend Pamela Courson. Not to mention the brutal racism toward the Incomers, whose sole flaw seems to be that they are not Kelts. By the last third of the book, it's hard not to wish that a meteor would crush Athyn.

Kennealy-Morrison has an admittedly pretty style, with plenty of description and some truly interesting scene, particularly her vision of the Underworld. It does get a bit exaggerated in its faux-Celtic (faux-Keltic?) atmosphere at times. Unfortunately, it's bogged down by too much talking from Athyn, too much adoration of the plastic Morric, and too much sneering at the absurd parody of Courson.

Reality and fantasy collide with a nasty splat in "Blackmantle." In the end, it seems merely like a way for Kennealy-Morrison to get back at Courson and the Doors in fiction, as she could not do in life. ... Read more

6. The Silver Branch : A Novel of the Keltiad
by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison
 Mass Market Paperback: Pages (1989)

Asin: B000U83NOM
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7. Crusade of Fire: Mystical Tales of the Knights Templar
by Deborah Turner Harris, Patricia Kennealy-Morrison, Debra Doyle, James D. McDonald, Susan Shwartz
Mass Market Paperback: 304 Pages (2002-12-01)
list price: US$18.99 -- used & new: US$9.00
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Asin: 0446610909
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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The Knights Templar were the fabled order of mystic warrior-monks supposedly disabanded more than seven centuries ago by the pope. Legends persist of their presence, and this collection of stories muse on the Knights' arrival at history's turning points to guide destiny in Good's eternal war against Evil. Original. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (2)

1-0 out of 5 stars Knights But Not Templar
Templar history, the real history not the fervid imaginings regarding the Holy Grail and such, is a truly fascinating tale worthy of sustained study. But as the previous reviewer has observed, however, all of the tales in this collection are instantly forgetable as they are trite in conception and poorly written. They have the collective depth of creative writing exercises in a first year class. I threw my copy away.

3-0 out of 5 stars An okay anthology
I've been a fan of Katherine Kurtz's work for a long time now and look forward to each of her books as they come out.I enjoyed most of the stories in the first two Templar anthologies, but I'm afraid I can't say the same about this one.The stories were well written, but just didn't seem to catch my attention.Twenty-four hours after reading the book, I can't really remember any of the stories that I read in any amount of detail.

For those who read all of Ms. Kurtz's books, I would suggest getting it out of a library or buying a used copy, if you must own it.I hope that if she does any more of these anthologies that the stories are better. ... Read more

8. The Throne of Scone: Second Book of the Keltiad
by Patricia Kennealy (Morrison)
 Hardcover: 332 Pages (1986-05-01)
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Asin: 0312944241
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Customer Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic !!
I just loved this book ... and all the books in The Keltiad series.PKM is a very talented writer - this story is just so creative, the description of Keltia and all the worlds is so clear, and the characters are so well defined you feel you almost know them.The storyline is quite complex yet so effortlessly comes together and I loved the rituals and blend of magic/futuristic elements giving a fantastic story and ending.

This story can appeal not just to sci-fi readers - anyone who loves a great adventure story would love it.

Please PKM ... continue writing more books in the series.It's just great.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Satisfying Ending
The mythic quest - in space this time. Following the clues written by Keltia's greatest Bard, Aeron goes off to gain the tools and knowledge needed to reclaim the Keltic throneworld - and gains allies and an empire in the process.

5-0 out of 5 stars ThisWhole Series Rocks!
Loved it! This book proves what many readers know but seldom see; a book CAN have complex characters and plot; one doesn't have to be sacrificed for the other. Plus detailed cultures, and lots of action.You get a real FEEL for the places and the people.Character and location names were a bit difficult, but don't let that faze you; read it!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Throne of Scone
I thought this was a great follow up to the previous book, the coppercrown.Aeron's journey ties this trilogy and the tales of Arthur trilogytogether while advancing the story.I can't wait for the next Aeron book. ... Read more

9. Strange Days. Mein Leben mit Jim Morrison.
by Patricia Kennealy Morrison
Hardcover: Pages (1998-10-01)

Isbn: 3802525221
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10. Biography - Kennealy Morrison, Patricia (1946-): An article from: Contemporary Authors Online
by Gale Reference Team
 Digital: 6 Pages (2006-01-01)
list price: US$9.95 -- used & new: US$9.95
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Asin: B0007SCZ5I
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Word count: 1792. ... Read more

11. The Throne of Scone (Keltiad)
by PatriciaKennealy-Morrison
 Paperback: 384 Pages (1987-05-05)
list price: US$5.50
Isbn: 0451450515
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Customer Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars another winner from PKM
The Throne of Scone is the conclusion to the series of Aeron Keltaid books and proves its ending is as entrancing as the beginning. The whole trilogy should be read, though you could still just read this and have an enjoyable read. It's awesome and per usual with PKM you have brilliant characters and luscious descriptions of the settings (makes you want to move to keltia). This book also makes you wish Aerons saga could just go on and on --it's that good! Well worth the trouble to get yourself a copy.

3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting despite itself
I know I had read and enjoyed this (and its antecedent "The Copper Crown") before, so I read both again. Memory is not perfect, though. Though the conceit itself is interesting (Celts in Space!), and though this book is better-written than "The Copper Crown," Kennealy-Morrison is completely at a loss when it comes to describing action, location, a character's appearance (beyond the most superficial descriptions), or much of anything else. The faint whiff of racism doesn't help, either. These books are simply badly written, and much less appealing now that I'm now longer so starry-eyed about "the magickal Celts" as I once was. O.K. for a lark, but I'd check 'em out from the library rather than buy them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Keeps you glued to the page
The Throne of Scone is an excellent conclusion to The Copper Crown, keeping you glued to the pages as you read.I would suggest that it's better to read the Silver Branch as the last of the three, even thoughchronologically it takes place earlier; I believe the author wrote it afterCopper Crown and Throne of Scone, and you understand the detail more whenyou know more about Aeron's future.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent conclusion to the trilogy about Aeron
An excellent conclusion to the "Aeron" series. The mainprotagonists are joined by a supporting cast of very interestingcharacters. The story provides an interesting answer to the age-oldquestion of Arthur's fate, whether posed on Earth or Keltia. Good musttriumph and evil fail, but it takes the class of a writer like kennealy tomake the old story worth reading again...& again...& again. Buy it. ... Read more

12. The Oak Above the Kings: A Book of the Keltiad
by Patricia Morrison-Kennealy
 Mass Market Paperback: Pages (1995)

Asin: B0012UZGYM
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13. Oak Above the Kings, Volume II of The Tales of Arthur
by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison
Hardcover: Pages (1994)
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Asin: B000HJZCGG
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14. BLACKMANTLE: A Triumph
by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison
 Hardcover: Pages (1997)

Asin: B0028Q8UK6
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15. Blackmantle: A Book of the Keltiad
by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison
 Mass Market Paperback: Pages (1997)

Asin: B000KYP146
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16. The Oak Above the Kings: A Book of the Keltiad
by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison
 Hardcover: Pages (1994)

Asin: B000NZW4WO
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17. Blackmantle
by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison
 Paperback: Pages (1998)

Asin: B000OF0CVI
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18. The Hedge of Mist
by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison
 Paperback: Pages (1996)

Asin: B000OEMVHM
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19. The HEDGE Of MIST.A Book of the Keltiad. Volume III of The Tales of Arthur.
by Patricia. Kennealy-Morrison
 Hardcover: Pages (1996)

Asin: B000MZ8W3K
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by Patricia (who sometimes writes as Patricia Kennealy-Morrison) [Dust Wr Kennealy
 Hardcover: Pages (1990-01-01)

Asin: B000HK5HQA
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