Saturday, March 17, 2012


Much as I like the color blue, today I'm setting it aside in favor of green.  It's St. Paddy's Day!!  I love this day, perhaps because of my Celtic ancestors.  Besides, I love fantasy, so I really enjoy the Irish legends of leprechauns and fairies!  I also love that old legend about St. Patrick explaining the Christian Trinity through the use of a shamrock.   

Here are some Irish
fantasy books
to help celebrate this day!!

Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Little, Brown Book Group
August 1, 1989
Genre: Fantasy

From the Goodreads Synopsis

Here, in one volume, are the tales & legends of Ireland, from the misty dawn of Gaelic history through the triumph of St. Patrick, and up to the present day; tales & legends as beautiful, mystical & enchanting as the ancient land itself. In this collection of 42 stories, you will meet banshees, fairy midwives, the doomed lovers Dermot & Grannia, Deirdre & the Sons of Unsach, and almost every folk hero & heroine of importance--tales that reinforce
Ireland's grand tradition of storytelling.

Trade Paperback, 267 pages
Dover Publications
June 1, 1968
Genre: Fantasy

From the Goodreads Synopsis

This volume features 26 enchanting stories assembled from Welsh, Scottish, and Irish sources, including "King O'Toole and His Goose," "The Lad with the Goat Skin, "The Sea Maiden," and many more. The stories are accompanied by 46 illustrations from their original editions.

Great Tales of Irish Fantasy
Hardcover, 368 pages
Tor Books
February 1, 2004
Genre: Fantasy

From the Goodreads Synopsis

Emerald Magic brings together today's best fantasy authors to explore the myths of the Irish, telling their own versions of these ancient tales of luck, love, and honor, or drawing upon centuries of Irish myths and folktales and updating them into brand-new stories. Edited and with an introduction by bestselling author Father Andrew M. Greeley, Emerald Magic contains fourteen wonderful stories of legend and lore.


  1. Lovely post in recognition of St Patricks Day!

    Megan @ Storybook Love Affair

    1. Glad you liked it! I love everything about this holiday, especially the fantasy legends!!

      Thanks for the nice comment!! : )

  2. This is the perfect post for St. Patties Day! It is odd to see so much green on your blog. LOL
    -FABR Steph@FiveAlarmBookReviews

    1. Hey, Steph! Thank you!! I figured I would feature some fantasy collections -- just the thing for this day!! And yes, it IS odd for me to have so much green on my blog! I don't know how I did it... LOL. You're so funny!! : )

      Hope you had a GREAT St. Patrick's Day! (I didn't find the pot at the end of the rainbow. Oh, well, just gotta keep working!)


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