40 pages; paperback; ISBN 978-0-8983324-2-1
Long ago, when the High-King of Ireland held court in Tara, he had a band of warriors called the Fianna. They were fine strong men who kept the High-King’s peace in Ireland. Fionn mac Cumhaill was the leader of the Fianna.
But, from the time Fionn was a child, his enemies wished to kill him and to take his place at the head of the Fianna. To defend himself against his enemies, the female warrior Bómall taught Fionn how to fight. But, to survive, he had to learn to be brighter and cleverer than any other living person.
Along with Dóiteoir na Samhna (The Holloween Burner), An Bradán Feasa (The Salmon of Knowledge) are the first books in the new series ‘Fionn’ for readers in the 8-10 age group. This series is a retelling by author and illustrator Darach Ó Scolaí, of the great legends of the Fianna for the young Irish readers of today. Soon to be published in this series are ‘Bodach an Chóta Lachna’ (The Churl in the Dun Coat), ‘An Giolla Deacair’ (The Difficult Servant), ‘Sí Chuilinn’ (The Fairy Fort of Cuilinn) and ‘Bran agus Sceolán’ (Bran and Sceolan). A boardgame Ardrí will be published in 2011.
This book was shortlisted for the Réics Carlo award 2010.
“Excellent…. Darach Ó Scolaí succeeds splendidly in reworking these stories for today’s young readers.” —Meadhbh Ní Eadhra, Gaelscéal
“Most Irish people should be familiar with the story of Fionn Mac Cumhaill but if it’s time for a refresher, we have just the thing from Darach Ó Scolaí and Leabhar Breac.” —Gobblefunked