Storyteller

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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Elizabeth Miller reviewed 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)
Lynne Everett reviewed 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)
Cheri Irvin reviewed 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)
livingoakheart reviewed on Sep. 2, 2011

Not a bad book. It reminded me of Taliesin, by Steven Lawhead.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Ted Witham reviewed 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)
Benjamin Thewlis reviewed 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)
Christie Smith reviewed on Oct. 30, 2010
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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)
Monika Gregor reviewed 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)
Laura Toivola reviewed on Oct. 24, 2010
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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)
Karthi J reviewed 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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