Spear by Nicola Griffith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A solid retelling of a Tuatha Dé Danann legend that overlaped with the Arthurian. The focus is on female strength, LGBTQ, and the spirit of magic.
While this isn't particularly new, the writing is strong and beautifully told.
I want to say it is the best I have ever read, but I have read a seemingly endless line of great, if diminished Irish gods and Arthurian legends. For someone who hasn't dived deep into the literature, I do recommend this. It is both new and it speaks of modern sensibilities while also being a strong tale.
No, I did not fall in love with this, but I do appreciate its strengths.
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