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WHEN EARTH MEETS KELTIA WILL STAR EMPIRES FALL?When lore became legend on ancient Earth and the powers of magic waned, the Kelts and their allies fled the planet for the freedom of distant star realms.But the stars were home to dangerous foes, and millenia later, the worlds of Keltia still maintained uneasy truce with two enemy empires -the Imperium and the Phalanx. Then,WHEN EARTH MEETS KELTIA WILL STAR EMPIRES FALL?When lore became legend on ancient Earth and the powers of magic waned, the Kelts and their allies fled the planet for the freedom of distant star realms.But the stars were home to dangerous foes, and millenia later, the worlds of Keltia still maintained uneasy truce with two enemy empires -the Imperium and the Phalanx. Then, at the start of the reign of Aeron, mistress of high magic and queen of all the Kelts, an Earthship made contact with her long-fled children. And while Earth and Keltia reached out to form alliance, the star fleets of the enemy mobilized for final, devastating war.......

Title : The Copper Crown
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The Copper Crown Reviews

  • J. Boo
    2019-03-06 02:50

    From the late eighties to early aughts, I read a lot of fantasy and science fiction. This one stood out. Happened upon a reference to the book during a recent trawl through Wikipedia and memories came rushing back. Bad memories. An Earth spaceship reaches the annoyingly misspelled world Keltia, founded by the Irish and Atlanteans fleeing Christian persecution, who use magic and high-technology and psionics and have a monarchy and every other fantastic ingredient of which the author had heard.You can mix blue and red and make purple. Or red and yellow and make orange. But if you dump all your paint colors together you get a muddy brown.

  • Althea Ann
    2019-02-25 02:51

    The Copper Crown and The Throne of Scone - one story.What a muddle!Okay, first things first. These covers are just gorgeous. Thomas Canty isn't given any credit in the actual books, but it's his artwork. (And he even sells signed prints of the images.)I fully expected to love these. I got a whole bunch of the books of the 'Keltiad' in advance of reading any of them. I don't think I'll be reading all of them.Fine, the premise is a bit absurd: In the 27th century, a probe ship from Earth discovers an interstellar Empire, Keltia, made up of the descendants of Celts who fled persecution by Christians back in the 5th century, and, aided by the denizens of Atlantis, went out to space.If it was done well, I could run with it. I love both space opera and fantasy; Celtic and pagan mythology is always full of good opportunities for stories. But it's not done well. The author doesn't pull it off. The minor problem is that a complex situation with a great number of characters is set up, and the writing just doesn't do it justice. I usually love twisty conflicts and court politics, but here, as I said earlier, it just feels muddled.The worst problem is not the complexity, however, it's the way that events seem to progress independent of any kind of logic stemming from characterization. People love and hate each other, turn traitor, change their minds, are loyal, etc - seemingly for no reason. One of the main characters (Sarah O'Reilly) is supposed to be a mature, competent naval officer. However, through both books she's written as if she's a star-struck, ditzy 10-year-old with a celebrity crush on Keltia's queen, Aeron. (And why would Earth military officers be impressed at all by foreign royalty? And why would Earth people instantly want to get involved in someone else's war?)Another thing that bothered me: the use of the phrase "Any road" on practically every other page. I know this is British slang equivalent to "anyways," and maybe the author thought it made her characters sound more Celtic? But it was used in places where no such interjection was necessary, and no single phrase should ever be used with the frequency that this one is in these books. In addition, the story seriously suffers due to the author completely failing to think things through logically. The people of Keltia have psi powers - but hardly ever use them, for no given reason. They and their enemies both have advanced technology including hyperspace ships - but don't use technological weapons. There's also magic - but with the exception of one past incident, the ramifications and potentials of that are not explored.When everything happens due to the author's "cause I said so," as opposed to because that would be the logical thing to happen in a theoretical scenario, things just get boring.I also owned the prequel to these, 'The Silver Branch,' but I've decided not to read it.

  • Jon
    2019-03-09 11:11

    5 stars

  • Christina Tang-Bernas
    2019-02-22 10:52

    Ok, this is my 4th time reading this book. I came across it at my parents' house rotting in a pile of other old books and, delighted, snatched it up to read again. It had been a long while since I read it last and so, to me, it was like reading it anew. It was just as good as I remembered it. This book is a strange mix of ancient Celtic/Keltic mythology and futuristic Science Fiction. There are mentions of magic and ancient rituals juxtaposed with starships and datapads. Somehow, it works. The characters are nuanced, the plot is layered, and the setting is lush with descriptions. Though, since I had recently watched the latest Star Trek movie again on Netflix, I have to say that most of the science fiction seems to have been directly taken from there (ie. starship going out to meet alien cultures, a federation of planets, datapads). It did drag a teensy-weensy bit in the middle but overall, the action moved pretty swiftly. I say try this book if you're a fan of both history/mythology and science fiction.

  • Ron
    2019-02-25 03:53

    Three is something of a gift. Remember, first, that this book is fantasy, not science fiction. Having said that, it's not a bad read, though it begins at an uneven pace. It finishes well.Kennealy-Morrison successfully evokes fringe Celtic myth and culture (and explains why its fringe, not core Celtic). Her characters are rich, if two-dimensional--perhaps because her cast is so large. She does a lot of telling us why people act rather than showing, and some of it is not obvious.Despite having hyperdrive, sub space communications, space defenses and magic, the main fighting is on land . . . with horses and chariots. Fifteen hundred years in the future. Yeah, I thought so, too. Though she provides a rationale, it is unconvincing. (Oh, and there are "laser swords." We know where she got that idea.)For one interesting only in the story, read the first four or five chapters, then skip to Chapter Thirteen and read the rest of the book. You will have missed a few things, but several are so illogical that you're better off not knowing them, and just picking up what you need from the subsequent flow.

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-08 11:03

    Am only going to review one of the Ketiad books, but merely because they are, one and all, wonderful stories. I began reading them years ago, when I was a young woman, just barely out of my teens. One of the great tragedies of my life was losing my original copies in a house fire some 20 years later...yes, they ARE keepers. The characters are multifaceted, believable, and, for the most part, very likable. There are no black-or-white generalizations, every individual is drawn with a depth of color and shading that is so very natural.Even the villans are fascinating in their own right, and their motivations for villany are understandable and ring true. I loathe "bad guys" who are just "tossed in for the badness." This never happens with Ms. Kennealy-Morrison's books. The story line runs true from book to book, but each book stands very well on its own, a thing that I very much like in a series.If you are a fan of Science Fiction, of the Arther legends, of Celtic/Gaelic history, or just a good adventure story (with JUST the right touch of romance), these books are for you!

  • Diane Davis
    2019-02-26 07:05

    Wow, I read all three of the first Keltiad books at one sitting, (of course spread out with a bit of sleeping in between). First of all, I found the lanquage completely intoxicating, the story engaging, and the whole Keltic universe fascinating. I had no idea who Patricia Kennealy was, all three books came in to my store at the same time and looked interesting so....Anyway, I loved them and have re-read them several times so these I will NEVER get rid of unless I get better copies - haha.

  • Jodi
    2019-02-18 10:59

    I probably read this series once every 18 months or so. Likely my favorite book series. It has the additional benefit of portraying my religion in a way that is accurate while accessible.

  • Kimmy
    2019-02-19 04:09

    Part of one of my favorite trilogies of all time.

  • Jesse Coffey
    2019-03-21 03:48

    The first book in the Keltiad series. Lots of action, lots of drama, great story telling. An excellent blend of past and future elements. A must read for anyone who loves science fiction/fantasy.

  • Kelly
    2019-02-23 06:09

    Some of the most beautifully written books I have ever read

  • springsnotfail
    2019-03-05 05:58

    Celts.... in SPAAAAAAAACE! Really silly and indulgent, but marginally fun.Update: Ugh, I gave it up. It was just too silly. None of the character's decisions were realistic, I kept yelling at them.

  • Virginia
    2019-02-25 07:58

    A beautifully written blend of magic and science fiction. Long ago the Celts (spelled Kelts in the book so the reader is sure to mentally pronounce the name accurately) fled Atlantis and landed on the shores of Ireland, only to find themselves expelled as snakes and serpents when St. Patrick brought Christianity to the Emerald Isle. They fled in a spaceship built with technology that had been in their people for millennia, and landed in a star system thousands of light-years away from the inhospitable Earth, where they have lived for countless generations. Now Terrans have once again discovered them, and Aeron, the Queen of Keltia, is ready to welcome them as long-lost kin. Keltia's enemies are not eager for an alliance that could tip the scales of power in the universe, and launch an attack. When both technology and magic are used in war, you KNOW things are going to get exciting!I read this book many years ago, and it became one of my favorites. Whenever I pick up an old favorite, it's with a bit of trepidation, because now I've studied writing techniques and it's a lot harder to lose myself in a novel the way I could when I wasn't able to identify the author's storytelling skills. Therefore I was delighted to discover that I love this book now just as much as I did back then! I absolutely love the "science fantasy" aspects, and found my chest swelling just a little because of my Irish roots. Who knows, maybe I, too, am a distant descendant of the people who fled Atlantis!One warning to those who intend to read The Copper Crown - it's the first of a trilogy, and it was written in the days when trilogies were really just one long story broken into three books. It leaves the characters in dire straits, sort of like Han Solo was left frozen in carbonite at the end of The Empire Strikes Back. That's okay - I own the other two books as well as the following trilogy!

  • Stellans
    2019-03-12 04:03

    I bought this book when it was first published as a hardcover by the old Bluebird publishing house. I since had to purchase a paperback copy for loaning out, because the hardcover copies of this first and its successors are not leaving my possession!Celtic (spelled with a 'k' in Ms. Kennealy-Morrison's books) mythology has long been a favorite subject, and to have it writ large in space and made more personal somehow was a real treat. I find Ms. K-M's writing to be easily digested, and always leaving me wanting more. I like the way she fleshes out her characters, even the 'bad' ones, and her descriptive passages make it so I'm there in her world with her. The story lines are interesting enough to keep one reading the book without wanting to put it down, and to make one want to have the next one immediately on hand. Upon occasion, a meme will arise on one of the various social media sites as to where one might wish to live, if not where one is now. I always choose Keltia.

  • Andrea
    2019-03-19 04:55

    This is a review of memory because I loved this book and haven't found it again. But it takes you through the coming of age of Aeron, Queen of the Kelts. It is an amazing growing up tale that just makes you want to know Aeron as an adult (good news- you can in the next two books). Rich and colorful, pure escape. I need to get my hands on a copy again- alas it appears to be out of print so I may have to start scouring used book stores and get serious about it.I will recommend this book with the recommendation that someone gave me many moons ago: "Kelts in space. Seriously, Kelts in space."

  • Kerry
    2019-03-16 11:14

    I'm sure there are people who condemn this books as a blatant case of Celtic wish fulfilment. I don't disagree. But you know what, it's exactly my kind of wish fulfilment, so I really don't care. I just love reading them.This was a lovely (if rather slow) reread and I hope to get to the sequel before too long (there's a whole bunch of book group books I'd rather like to read this month which will keep me busy).All I need now is ebooks of the entire series to make the rereading easier and for the author to write those extra books she always promised. Please?

  • Queen.idahl
    2019-02-24 03:54

    Love the book!

  • Michelle
    2019-03-01 10:00

    I love this series, I read it over and over again

  • Laneene
    2019-03-04 05:57

    Love this...great imagination and storytelling.

  • Sharon
    2019-03-16 04:07

    Celts in space! Who could resist? I have read this several times and love the series

  • Betsy
    2019-03-06 03:52

    Finally finished. It didn't take too long but it felt like it.The world was kind of cool and I liked the characters but the whole setup was extremely odd and left a weird taste in my mouth. The Irish being descended from Atlantis? EVERYONE thinking the Kelts and their queen were the best thing that's ever happened? It smacked of all my real-life Irish relatives thinking that being Irish makes you God's gift to the universe and it just felt...weird.Which is a shame, because I actually like Celtic cultures, and Irish inspired fantasy (it's so easy to do) but other fantasy writers manage to base their sci fi/fantasy on specific cultures without having to shove how much better the culture is than the others down everyone's throats.

  • Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
    2019-02-24 07:53

    Giving it 4 stars despite the book's many flaws, because it's compelling enough that I've reread it at least 4 times in 3 decades. Review to come.

  • Marian
    2019-02-28 05:03

    Someone once said 'The golden age of fantasy is eleven'.....and I've found this to be broadly true. Some of the fantasy works I adored in early adolescence remain touchstones I return to every so often, like the Lord of the Rings. Others, alas, do not fare so well in the harsher light of approaching middle age. This is one of the latter.I find it hard to review this one dispassionately, because my inner twelve year old remains so damned enamored of this series. It's Star Wars smashed into Celtic myth with a female heroine who conquers all, what's not to like? I straight up loved this series, both this trilogy and its prequel series, the books about Arthur....and recently rebought this trilogy for a re-read.Whereupon it turned out to be fabulously uneven. The heroine, Aeron, High Queen of Kelts, is a flaming Mary Sue. There's just no denying it. A beautiful redhead who is a mighty warrior, an unparalleled sorceress, an ace starship pilot and apparently bad at not a goddamned thing. Her enemies tend to come off as cardboard cutouts set up to oppose her. The whole main plot, wherein the rest of the spacefaring cultures, including several who have been foes of the Kelts time out of mind because Atlantis (I'm serious), all dogpile on Keltia for fear that the Kelts will make an alliance with the recently recontacted Earth.....which serves to cement exactly that alliance. Nice job breaking it, hero.And yet....often, despite these things, it works. It's compelling, if mostly because of the world. I'd give it three and a half if I could, because Kennealy-Morrison is not a bland or bad writer. There are daring escapes, treachery, sword battles, magic, quests, and romance. Honestly, it might do better republished now in teen fantasy. And I do intend to go on and reread the Arthur trilogy, which I remember as being a little deeper and more polished. AS a sidenote, and as at least one other reviewer remarked, the covers Thomas Canty did for this series and its prequels are gorgeous. I've kept my early editions of Jacques' Redwall series for the Canty covers.

  • Mary
    2019-03-17 08:56

    I really enjoyed this book, and I'm even looking forward to reading more... But the one thing that I couldn't get out of my head the whole way through was "Really???" The Kelts in space bit, as that's right there up front, gets a pass of acceptance. If your gonna read the book, obviously that's something you're just going to have to go with. But that aside, I this was a fun and enjoyable story, but it is a fantasy world that I just cannot believe could exist. The plot is a little bland; everything just seems so neat and tidy and convenient. For example with much of the story about war, death seems to play so little a role. It is there, but it doesn't feel like it really has much impact.The characters were endearing (I couldn't help but like Aeron and O'Reilly in particular), but universally the characters weren't very complex or even believable. We get the crew of an interstellar embassy ship, who are nearly universally gaga for the Kelts. The traitors in-the-midst are so obviously painted to the readers, but those around them are completely oblivious until it's too late. Even the bad guys seemed flat. For all my complaints though, I did enjoy it. It's like a Disney movie. Sometimes you just need to enjoy a simple fairy tale.

  • Harpmary
    2019-03-08 05:59

    Just re-read this book. I adored it and the 2nd book (the Throne of Scone) when I read them in the 1980s. In spite of the somewhat cheesy concept (I keep thinking of the well-known Muppet skit - Pigs In Space - Kelts in Space), the books are interesting During the re-read this time, I was a little more critical though. The Kelts tend to behave in a magnanimous, superior way. The character Sarah O'Reilly acts more like a besotted teenager than an experience military officer, and very little back-story are given as to why the traitors Arianeira, Kynon, and Tindal do what they do. I had trouble suspending my disbelief to understand why a society with complex space travel capabilities and weaponry, would use horses and hand-to-hand combat. Also, there is the use of 'magic' in the book, but the character don't actually understand it. (They actually say as much). Again, they have advanced space travel, but don't understand (or haven't taken the time to understand) how their mental powers work.Still a good book, though.

  • Linda
    2019-03-15 08:50

    I tried. I read up until page 120. At no time did I find myself caring about the characters, or feel any curiousity about the plot. The author laid out all the deep motives and character flaws in the first introduction of each character, and the plot was clearly delineated from the start as, well. There was no suspense, intrigue, or any reason for me to keep reading, since it felt like I was slogging through it and getting no joy from the exercise.The font in this book was also small, and this made it difficult to read.The only reason I picked this up is that I have a few of this series as library discards. They will now happily be decluttered, unread. Perhaps someone else will enjoy them.

  • Erin
    2019-03-19 09:10

    This book had an interesting premise, but the writing falls short. The foreign-language terms are far too numerous, and it seems most characters have four or five names/nicknames and titles they may be referred to as. I didn't realized two "characters" were in fact the same person until the end of the book.Moreover, most plot development happens because it needs to happen. "We can't do that." "Why?" "The prophecy!" "Why are you doing that?" "I just know I must." - that sort of shenanigans.

  • Chantal E. R. H.
    2019-03-09 08:06

    At first it was a fun, silly, quick read. Unfortunately it started to get more and more cloying and worshipful of the main character. It was incredibly hard for me to finish. A lot of the things the characters did didn't make any sense and the character development was poor. It stopped being fun and became a chore to read, though it was still very silly, and not in a good way. I definitely will not be reading the sequel.

  • Snap
    2019-03-18 02:54

    I have lost track of how many times I've read this book. Each time I'm reminded of why I keep the series. They are still in pretty good shape ... even with pages that are turning colors! Back when this came out in paperback, it was listed as fantasy and I agree... with just a touch of sci-fi thrown in. But it is the Celtic Myths that have kept me reading and revisiting. Earth meets Keltia and the adventure begins!

  • Michael D.
    2019-03-20 11:06

    The Prologue has a space ship from earth encounter Gaelic speaking aliens from the planet Keltia as they are on an exploratory mission to meet new species in the universe. Chapter 1 picks up on this from the point-of-view of the Kelts, as the Queen of the Kelts and her council consider their options for how they will welcome the earthlings.