The Children of Lir by Marion Grace Woolley – Book Review

As part of the blog tour for ‘The Children of Lir by Marion Grace Woolley’, I was gifted a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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The Children of Lir is the re-telling of an old Irish folklore tale about the King of Lir and his 4 children who were cursed to live as swans for 900 years, the children of Lir become a legend and help shape the lives of many others.

King Lir is mourning the loss of his wife, the mother to his children when he re-marries her younger sister who is stricken with jealousy curses Lir’s children to turn into swans. After discovering his children have been cursed, King Lir bans the killing of all swans and tries to find the undoing to the magic cast upon them.

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The Children of Lir is written in multi- perspectives but mostly from the perspectives of Fionnuala, Aodh Fiachra and Conn. The Children of Lir dives straight into the retelling of what happened to the children before telling short stories of people whose lives were affected by the children after their transformation. I really enjoyed hearing the stories of the villagers who the Children encountered during their time as swans, in particular, Aednat.

The novel is split into four parts which I am very grateful for as the chapters are titled as the character who’s perspective it is written from and there is a lot of jumping back and forwards which can be confusing at times. With the novel being split into parts, I found it easier to read when there were time jumps in the story. At the end of each part, there was a passage titled ‘Time’ which I particularly enjoyed as I feel like they really helped to exaggerate the time passing with each part of the novel.

At the beginning of the book, there is information about the family, and I wanted to point out how helpful this piece of information actually is when reading this story and I’m glad it was included as I feel I would not have been able to keep up with the first couple of chapter without it.

The Children of Lir isn’t my typical genre of novel that I’d read and I think for that reason alone I didn’t really know what to expect from this novel. But the story behind it was rather interesting and I would be interested in reading a more modernized version of the story. It was a slow-paced book but I think it’s mostly because of the genre and story of the book. If you love historical fantasy books then this book is definitely for you, I hadn’t actually ever heard of ‘The Children of Lir’ until I read this book so I am feeling slightly more educated on the Irish Folklore front.

“That is the sadness, you see. In all the years and all that was to come – all that they did to us – they forgot what truly mattered. In writing and retelling our deaths, they forgot to tell that we ever truly lived.” – The Children of Lir by Marion Grace Woolley


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Marion is offering a chance to WIN a paperback copy of The Children of Lir, you can enter by clicking here!

Terms and conditions: UK entries only, 18yrs+. Winner’s will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified ASAP. Winner’s will have 7 days to claim their prize before an alternative winner is chosen. Prizes are fulfilled by the author and are not the responsibility of participants or tour operator. Entries close at Midnight on 22nd August 2019 and only valid entries will be included in the draw.

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4 thoughts on “The Children of Lir by Marion Grace Woolley – Book Review

  1. Oh this is fascinating! I love the tale of the children of Lir so I would be very interested to read a fantasy retelling of such. Great review :))

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    1. I hope you enjoy it if you manage to read it!

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  2. I enjoy historical fiction and myth retelling, so this books seems like something I’d definitely like to read! I haven’t heard the Irish Folklore of The Children of Lir before but its an interesting premise. The fact that you get to see a longer story drawn out over time appeals to me, as well. I’m adding this to my shelf! Great review 😀

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    1. Thank you! This book sounds exactly like something you would love then! Let me know what you think when you get around to reading it!

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