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I have no real review nor rating for this book I read it for my Medieval Literature class, and it s a retelling detailed adaptation of one of the Mabinogi branches However I just felt that taking a classic medieval story and then expanding it like this especially the way writing the author used was incredibly unnecessary Just read the original But if you really enjoyed it for some reason and wanted to see some of those boring scenes of them deciding what job they were going to, moving arou I have no real review nor rating for this book I read it for my Medieval Literature class, and it s a retelling detailed adaptation of one of the Mabinogi branches However I just felt that taking a classic medieval story and then expanding it like this especially the way writing the author used was incredibly unnecessary Just read the original But if you really enjoyed it for some reason and wanted to see some of those boring scenes of them deciding what job they were going to, moving around, and doing nothing expanded to like 20 pages each go ahead and read this That being said, the author did take some liberties from the original story that were interesting, and obviously the story itself is fascinating, but not extremely entertaining when expanding a 30 50 page story into 200 pages A thoughtful and accomplished retelling from Walton, continuing her interpretation of the Mabinogion I m not hugely familiar with Welsh mythology though I have a vague and excessively superficial understanding of the main players, but one doesn t need prior knowledge to understand what s going on here A young and well meaning king makes a mistake that dooms his land to emptiness all the inhabitants being turned to butterflies or dragonflies or somesuch and it s up to his long suffering stepf A thoughtful and accomplished retelling from Walton, continuing her interpretation of the Mabinogion I m not hugely familiar with Welsh mythology though I have a vague and excessively superficial understanding of the main players, but one doesn t need prior knowledge to understand what s going on here A young and well meaning king makes a mistake that dooms his land to emptiness all the inhabitants being turned to butterflies or dragonflies or somesuch and it s up to his long suffering stepfather who s not actually a stepfather to out think the otherworldly force behind all this trouble It s an enjoyable read, simply and quietly told, with the odd moment that really gleams usually in the characterisation , but I feeladmiration than emotional connection In this installment, fae forces cast an enchantment on the land of Dyved, making it desolate except for Rhiannon, her son Pryderi, and both of their mates They wander other lands, their success at whatever they undertake resulting in jealousy and reprisal from others Shenanigans continue to ensue until the fae get what they wanted the return of Rhiannon to the fae realm One cannot help but think there might have been a better way to make that happen than laying waste to a kingdom and waiti In this installment, fae forces cast an enchantment on the land of Dyved, making it desolate except for Rhiannon, her son Pryderi, and both of their mates They wander other lands, their success at whatever they undertake resulting in jealousy and reprisal from others Shenanigans continue to ensue until the fae get what they wanted the return of Rhiannon to the fae realm One cannot help but think there might have been a better way to make that happen than laying waste to a kingdom and waiting patiently for decades until she accidentally wanders back into the fae.While still interesting and readable, this is probably my least favorite of the Mabinogion Tetralogy Excellent Although she continues to romanticize the pagan past which is, by definition, unrealistic I love these books Walton retells the stories of the Mabinogion with grace, respect, and great beauty Although she is definitely a modern writer, with a modern writer s concern for psychology and detail, her books never make me feel like I am reading a modern attempt at retelling an older story Rather, they have such integrity that they read seamlessly with the air of authenticity The only Excellent Although she continues to romanticize the pagan past which is, by definition, unrealistic I love these books Walton retells the stories of the Mabinogion with grace, respect, and great beauty Although she is definitely a modern writer, with a modern writer s concern for psychology and detail, her books never make me feel like I am reading a modern attempt at retelling an older story Rather, they have such integrity that they read seamlessly with the air of authenticity The only thing I do not like is her tendency to expand the meaning of a sentence with a sentence fragment after the sentence Which she does fairly often A retelling of the Third Branch of the Mabinogion, Manawydan Fab Ll r Manawyddan, son of Ll r. I just finished all of this four book set If you haven t read them you really should They are the finest retelling of ancient legends that I have ever read I first read them in collegethan thirty years ago I enjoyed them then But now that I have experiencedof life they are evenenjoyable And filled with a richness that I was not equipped to recognize in my younger days. 3.5 stars.Also, the 70s covers for this are hilarious The Song of Rhiannon 1972 , the third volume in Evangeline Walton s Mabinogion Tetralogy, begins with Manawyddan, son of the sea god, haunted by grief and feeling directionless after the events of The Children of Llyr I haven t read The Children of Llyr, but I have read Branwen Daughter of Llyr, the medieval Welsh tale on which it is based It features a Red Wedding s worth of deaths His friend Pryderi, prince of Dyfed, gives him new p 3.5 stars.Also, the 70s covers for this are hilarious The Song of Rhiannon 1972 , the third volume in Evangeline Walton s Mabinogion Tetralogy, begins with Manawyddan, son of the sea god, haunted by grief and feeling directionless after the events of The Children of Llyr I haven t read The Children of Llyr, but I have read Branwen Daughter of Llyr, the medieval Welsh tale on which it is based It features a Red Wedding s worth of deaths His friend Pryderi, prince of Dyfed, gives him new purpose in life by offering him a home at his palace and the chance to court Pryderi s widowed mother, Rhiannon.See the rest at Fantasy Literature &READ KINDLE ⇢ The Song of Rhiannon ↡ A retelling of The Mabinogion in novel form Manawydon finally unites with Rhiannon an aspect of the Goddess but his happiness is shaken by the appearance of the Gray Man, who seeks vengeance against the living and especially against one who would claim the Goddess The 2 stars missing from my rating represent whatever is lost in the translation from the original script, coupled with my lack of heredity, not having the depth of experience growing up with these tales in my youth I feel certain that these elements are essential in understanding how this seemingly mundane story could survive through the years the way it has, the passing down from generation to generation giving it it s inherent magical quality To me it felt clunky and lifeless and mostly uni The 2 stars missing from my rating represent whatever is lost in the translation from the original script, coupled with my lack of heredity, not having the depth of experience growing up with these tales in my youth I feel certain that these elements are essential in understanding how this seemingly mundane story could survive through the years the way it has, the passing down from generation to generation giving it it s inherent magical quality To me it felt clunky and lifeless and mostly uninteresting, saved almost entirely by the final chapter and the coming of the Gray Man I was an English teacher in China when I was reading this book and I remember feeling a little self conscious about taking it out of my bag to read in class while I showed the students American movies.See, the cover is a bit suggestive The story is flat and not at all interesting in my opinion but students couldn t see that.Maybe some of those students thought of this picture later and are now reading this book I feel sorry for them, for this old English Celtic storyline, and the language I was an English teacher in China when I was reading this book and I remember feeling a little self conscious about taking it out of my bag to read in class while I showed the students American movies.See, the cover is a bit suggestive The story is flat and not at all interesting in my opinion but students couldn t see that.Maybe some of those students thought of this picture later and are now reading this book I feel sorry for them, for this old English Celtic storyline, and the language used for it, won t grab their fancy