Rated 4.13/5 based on 8 reviews
“Blood and fire, gold and steel and poetry, a river’s voice in the silence of the night, and the shining strings of a harp – all these and more I have known in my time.” As a wandering storyteller and would-be bard in 6th century Britain, young Gwernin encounters enemies both human and supernatural, finds love and friendship, and learns the true meaning of a Bard’s profession.

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Review by: Elizabeth Miller on Feb. 13, 2013 :
Enjoyable enough fiction about a summer a wandering youth spent learning how to be a bard. Well thought out story and has a lot of excellent historic references that were fun. I found it a little boring and was annoyed with the way each chapter ended. All in all this was not a bad way to spend an afternoon in the sun.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Review by: Lynne Everett on March 18, 2012 :
I have been reading this on and off for some time now, after having received a copy through LibraryThing -- mostly because I tend to forget about books on the Kindle. But I have finally finished it -- and really enjoyed it.
It's the story of a 6th century Welsh storyteller, who hopes to become a bard; this is about one summer's travelling around what is now known as Wales. He has a less-than-perfect travelling partner, which causes all kinds of problems for both of them, but by then end of the book he has been apprenticed to a bard and is on the way to following in the footsteps of Taliesen, the legendary bard.
The story abounds with characters from British mythology and is a very enjoyable read; I was disappointed to find myself at the end of the book. But not with the story!
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Review by: Cheri Irvin on Sep. 6, 2011 :
This was an interesting book, though it took a few pages to really get into it.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: livingoakheart on Sep. 2, 2011 :
Not a bad book. It reminded me of Taliesin, by Steven Lawhead.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Review by: Ted Witham on Jan. 23, 2011 :
An engaging 'road' story of an apprentice story-teller in post-Roman Wales. The narrator must learn humility before being apprenticed to a master story-teller. Rich in historical detail.
(reviewed 37 days after purchase)
Review by: Benjamin Thewlis on Nov. 10, 2010 :
While starting Storyteller I must admit it took me a couple tries to get into this novel. (I don't normally like historical fiction) When I got into it though, I found I couldn't put the Storyteller down. G.R. Grove paints an excellent picture of the life of a bard named Gwernin Kyuaryd, while he wanders Wales in the year 550 AD,
Each chapter weaves a new story of Gwernin bringing him closer to reality as it goes. I particularly enjoyed the first story when he describes the encounter he had with an owl whom our bard compares to a ghost.
Though I am not a historian, this story has brought me into an understanding of what life must have been like for bards of the sixth century Europe. I recommend Storyteller to both fans of historical fiction and those who tend to stray away from that genre alike and allow the storyteller to weave his magic together for you. I look forward to reading the next installment, Flight of the Hawk, in this series.
“But that, O my children, is a story for another day.”
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
Review by: Christie Smith on Oct. 30, 2010 : (no rating)
The synopsis of this book caught my attention so I decided to read it. I enjoy reading historical fiction-type books as a whole but have never read anything close to Welsh culture. And now I'm completely hooked! At first, though, the story was quite difficult for me to get into; maybe it was the e-book format. But I stuck with it and am glad I did. I would definitely recommend it to any book lover, young or old.
(reviewed 31 days after purchase)
Review by: Monika Gregor on Oct. 30, 2010 :
This is a very good and interesting collection of Welsh myth and history. The first 30 or 40 pages I thought drag a bit and sometimes it is almost boring in the beginning, but as the story unfolds it gets more and more interesting!
(reviewed 31 days after purchase)
Review by: Laura Toivola on Oct. 24, 2010 : (no rating)
For anyone who is interested in storytelling, history, or celts, this book is a treasure! I liked how each chapter was a little story on its own. The writing is fluent and descriptive, and it captured my imagination right off the bat. Recommended!
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
Review by: Karthi J on Oct. 24, 2010 :
I thought this really was a great book. The story does match the title. I can't wait to read more of her books.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

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