Wyrd and Wonder: Celebrate Celtic Mythology

In lieu of participating in Wyrd and Wonder on my blog this week I’ve been reading FOURTH WING by Rebecca Yarros. Or, trying to, at least, in between other things that cropped up this week. Regardless, today’s prompt is mythology, or celebrate a subgenre. If I had planned better, I would have saved my recently-created list of Arthurian retellings for today. But alas. (Please check it out if you missed it!) Instead, my focus is to celebrate Celtic mythology, which is just as fun to read.

Allow me to be frank in that I don’t know much about Celtic mythology. However, I inadvertently many times a year seem to read fantasy books inspired by it. This inspiration usually isn’t evident to me when I read the synopsis. Or perhaps it’s not evident to me because I am not educated in it. (Highly possible.) Nevertheless, I do enjoy them when I read them. So allow me to celebrate Celtic mythology and share it via a list.

Daughter of Erabel series by Kristin Ward

I first became aware of this self-published series thanks to a blog tour lead by The Write Reads. As such I have reviews for THE GIRL OF DORCHA WOOD, BLOOD OF THE LOST KINGDOM, and A STORM OF WRATH AND RUIN. This is a well-written and fast-paced story with many different plot lines weaving together. I’m looking forward to the fourth book. It introduced me to a lot of different creatures from Celtic mythology.

The Girl of Dorcha Wood Synopsis

Elements of Cadence duology by Rebecca Ross

A Fire Endless by Rebecca Ross

I have not yet read the second book in this duology. But I can at least attest that A RIVER ENCHANTED has some lovely prose and reminds me of a bedtime folklore. Despite the plot line of missing children, it has a timeless, cozy vibe to it.

A River Enchanted Synopsis

The Magician’s Daughter by H.G. Parry

The Magician's Daughter book cover

Like the Elements of Cadence duology, THE MAGICIAN’S DAUGHTER also has a cozy bedtime story feel to it. The vibe is reminiscent of coming-of-age fantasy series from the late 1990s like SABRIEL or THE GOLDEN COMPASS. The Celtic mythology isn’t as overt in this standalone book as it is in the last two series. But it’s there!


Gael Song series by Shauna Lawless

The Words of Kings and Prophets by Shauna Lawless

Set in the late 10th century, the Gael Song series starts with THE CHILDREN OF GODS AND FIGHTING MEN. It’s also in the historical fantasy subgenre and true events and people inspired many aspects of this story. It’s a fabulous debut with Irish mythology and two strong women on different sides of the supernatural battlefield, so to speak. Plus throw in some political maneuvering and cunning and you have yourself a great story to read. The second book hits shelves in the U.S. in mid September.

The Children of Gods and Fighting Men Synopsis

I’m sure I missed some. But it’s tough to remember everything I’ve read. With that in mind, please feel free to comment with some books you read that celebrate Celtic mythology. That is, what books did you read that include some Celtic mythology inspiration?

8 thoughts on “Wyrd and Wonder: Celebrate Celtic Mythology

  1. I’m not up on my Celtic mythology at all, so it’s entirely possible I’ve read books rooted in that mythology. I haven’t read any of these, but I do have The Magician’s Daughter and A River Enchanted on my list?

    1. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some small bits of Celtic mythology in some fantasy books you’ve read in the past! I enjoyed both THE MAGICIAN’S DAUGHTER and A RIVER ENCHANTED…they have a timeless feel to them.

  2. If you’re looking for books with great Celtic mythology, I highly recommend The Falconer trilogy! They’re fae books with a badass FMC, so much character development and depth, a gorgeous world, and amazing Celtic representation! I also recently read Queen Among the Dead which is 100% based on Celtic mythology. It truthfully went a little over my head since I’m not as familiar with their lore, but it was still a fascinating read!

  3. A River Enchanted sounds really good! Especially since you said “bedtime folklore” – those two words made me feel like I’d enjoy the book!

    1. A River Enchanted does have that more “timeless” story feeling to it, which reminds me a bit of how The Golden Compass and all those books are written…also like Sabriel by Garth Nix.

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