The Lion and the Cross: A Novel of Saint Patrick and Ancient Ireland - Joan Lesley Hamilton

Finished this one on St Patrick's Day, timing couldn't have been better for this fictional account of Ireland's Patron Saint.


It was not an easy book for me to read/finish. It felt incredibly slow at times and Patrick, or Padraic as he's called, is not a character that's easily liked. I'm not saying that it was a bad book at all, but originally published in 1979 and now available as ebook from Open Road it felt outdated in its pacing.


Parts however were faster and more interesting and at those times I did enjoy myself, but they were too sparse and in between. This is not a book I'm able to recommend although I'm sure there are going to be people who'll love it.


Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!