The Song of Rhiannon

The Song of Rhiannon

Evangeline Walton / Jan 29, 2020

The Song of Rhiannon A retelling of The Mabinogion in novel form Manawydon finally unites with Rhiannon an aspect of the Goddess but his happiness is shaken by the appearance of the Gray Man who seeks vengeance against t

  • Title: The Song of Rhiannon
  • Author: Evangeline Walton
  • ISBN: 9780020264736
  • Page: 346
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • A retelling of The Mabinogion in novel form Manawydon finally unites with Rhiannon an aspect of the Goddess but his happiness is shaken by the appearance of the Gray Man, who seeks vengeance against the living and especially against one who would claim the Goddess.

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        Evangeline Walton was the pen name of Evangeline Wilna Ensley, an American author of fantasy fiction She remains popular in North America and Europe because of her ability to humanize historical and mythological subjects with eloquence, humor and compassion.


    1. The Song of Rhiannon, a retelling of the Third Branch of the Mabinogion, isn't as powerful as The Children of Llyr, which is a relief, in a way. There's a time of healing for the characters, as well as what they suffer during the action of the story, and there's a happy end for them as well. It continues to follow the characters of Manawydan, Rhiannon, Pryderi and Kigva. There are actually few other characters in the story, fleshed-out or not, but the character of the Bogey made me smile quite a [...]

    2. In this installment, fae forces cast an enchantment on the land of Dyved, making it desolate except for Rhiannon, her son Pryderi, and both of their mates. They wander other lands, their success at whatever they undertake resulting in jealousy and reprisal from others. Shenanigans continue to ensue until the fae get what they wanted -- the return of Rhiannon to the fae realm. One cannot help but think there might have been a better way to make that happen than laying waste to a kingdom and waiti [...]

    3. Excellent. Although she continues to romanticize the pagan past--which is, by definition, unrealistic--I love these books. Walton retells the stories of the Mabinogion with grace, respect, and great beauty. Although she is definitely a modern writer, with a modern writer's concern for psychology and detail, her books never make me feel like I am reading a modern attempt at retelling an older story. Rather, they have such integrity that they read seamlessly with the air of authenticity. The only [...]

    4. A thoughtful and accomplished retelling from Walton, continuing her interpretation of the Mabinogion. I'm not hugely familiar with Welsh mythology though I have a vague and excessively superficial understanding of the main players, but one doesn't need prior knowledge to understand what's going on here. A young and well-meaning king makes a mistake that dooms his land to emptiness (all the inhabitants being turned to butterflies or dragonflies or somesuch) and it's up to his long-suffering stepf [...]

    5. The 2 stars missing from my rating represent whatever is lost in the translation from the original script, coupled with my lack of heredity, not having the depth of experience growing up with these tales in my youth. I feel certain that these elements are essential in understanding how this seemingly mundane story could survive through the years the way it has, the passing down from generation to generation giving it it's inherent magical quality. To me it felt clunky and lifeless and mostly uni [...]

    6. I was an English teacher in China when I was reading this book and I remember feeling a little self-conscious about taking it out of my bag to read in class while I showed the students American movies.See, the cover is a bit suggestive. The story is flat and not at all interesting - in my opinion - but students couldn't see that.Maybe some of those students thought of this picture later and are now reading this book. I feel sorry for them, for this old English/Celtic storyline, and the language [...]

    7. Even better than I remember it. Less epic than Children of Llyr, but the magic, as in the chapter where all of Dyved vanishes overnight, is unutterably eerie. And her descriptions of the land make me feel it would be wonderful to live in a pre-industrial agragrian society, and I know perfectly well I'd hate it. The story comes from the Third Branch of the Welsh Mabinogion, and it's beautifully written on top of everything.

    8. I couldn't get into this one as much as The Children of Llyr. The characters just kind of mope around for most of the book. Also, I wasn't sure if I were reading The Song of Rhiannon or The Song of the Rhiannon--the "editor" (I use that term loosely) didn't seem to know either. Still marveling at the sheer number of mistakes in this omnibus edition.

    9. Despite the title, Rhiannon is a secondary character in this story. Ultimately, it is her life that shaped the plot, and her power that changed it at the end, but the point of view throughout belongs largely to Manawyddan, last son of Llyr and rightful High King. His adventures in this branch of the Mabinogion are varied, and prove both his skills and inner nobility.

    10. In this retelling of the third branch of the Mabinogion, there is less battling and more domesticity, but this does not detract from the story. I first read these books when published under the Adult Fantasy imprint: I am enjoying them from a different perspective this time around.

    11. Another captivating adaptation by Walton. She's bolder in this, the final branch. She adds her own take on Stonehenge and mixes some Irish folklore into the tale, creating a believable world out of the ancient Welsh mythology.

    12. My soft cover copy was printed in the 70s and has the most porntastic vibe to it. Continued good fantasy legend stuff from Evangeline Walton. I like her mind.

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