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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 240
Themes: loss, legend, druids, healing
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/03/2007
Lexile Level: 1000
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Luaine is daughter to the greatest of Irish warriors, the legendary Cuchulainn. Although known throughout Ireland as the most fearsome of killers, to Luaine he is a loving playful father who amuses her with his exciting tales and marvelous feats. When the unthinkable happens—Cuchulainn returns from war injured nearly to the death—it is the first intimation of the hero's downfall, and Luaine's first painful step toward an adult life unlike anything she has imagined. As she faces loss, betrayal, suffering and fear, Luaine must find a strength that comes neither from the sword nor from her proud parentage, but from her own courageous spirit.

Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children's Books - November 1, 2008
"Blends myth, history and adventure with intrigue, betrayal, despair and redemption. Luaine is a strong heroine that will appeal to readers of myth, Celtic and medieval lore."
Library Media Connection - September 1, 2007
"This fantasy book has enough adventure to appeal to a wide variety of readers and thus is worthy of inclusion in school libraries."
CM Magazine - June 8, 2007
"Well-told tale of romance, heartache, war and growing up from an author to watch...Rooted in ancient Irish stories... [it] maintains a wonderful, gentle sense of fantasy. Recommended."
TeensReadToo.com - May 1, 2007
"Holly Bennett's best book yet...full of interesting, three-dimensional characters."
Deakin Newsletter - May 1, 2007
"Told with insight compassion and skill...Bennett becomes, book by book, an ever more accomplished writer of fantasy."
Resource Links - April 1, 2007
"I was impressed by both the care with which Bennett pays tribute to the compelling mythology of Ireland and also by the zest of the writing...Readers of any age might find this story intriguing."

Awards

White Pine nominee  | 2007 | Short-listed
Resource Links "The Year's Best"  | 2007 | Commended
OLA Best Bets  | 2008 | Commended
CCBC Best Books   | 2008 | Commended
Stellar Award nominee  | 2009 | Short-listed

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