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Subject: March BOM - Part 5 to The End
Date Posted: 3/2/2009 7:59 AM ET
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Discuss from Part Five to the end of the book here -

Date Posted: 3/3/2009 12:43 PM ET
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I'm finished, so I'll mark my place here.

Date Posted: 3/7/2009 8:24 PM ET
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I just finished too!  I really liked this book.  I especially enjoyed the end with Grania's meeting with Queen Elizabeth.  I think we really saw Grania's charcter mature, devlop and deepen over time.  Whereas I think for a large part of her life she acted out of her own self-interest, I think in the end she saw the bigger picture. 

Now would really be a good time to start I, Elizabeth, which is one of my books for the HF Challenge, but I need to read my book for March's Mini Challenge and then start the huge BOM for April, The Book of Abraham!  So many books, so little time!

Date Posted: 3/8/2009 7:08 PM ET
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Shelley, I also really enjoyed the Queen Elizabeth meeting at the ending - I wonder if a meeting like this every actually took place?  I agree that she matured by the end, and I think that shows in the fact that she ended up with Tigernan.

Date Posted: 3/13/2009 3:18 PM ET
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I finished Grania last evening- loved the meeting between her and Elizabeth Tudor.  Does anyone know if it ever really took place?  I thought the ending was kind of bittersweet with Tigernan going off to his little hut that the two of them were going to share someday.

Date Posted: 3/13/2009 4:18 PM ET
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Check out the Wikipedia link I posted in (I think) the first part discussion thread.  There it does indeed say that Grania did meet with the Queen, and it gives some details. I believe the incident with Grania throwing the used hankie in the fireplace is rumoured to actually have taken place.  There's a lot of information on the Wikipedia site.

Date Posted: 3/16/2009 2:44 PM ET
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Finished this up yesterday.  It was a pretty good story.  I kind of liked the fact that she wasn't completely likeable throughout the whole book.  Definitely someone to respect but juts not very likeable at times.  For all her intelligence it is amazing it took her so long to see why Tigernan was getting bent out of shape about all her relationships.

The English sure were given a bad rap in this book which is to be expected considering the POV it is being told from.  Its like Llewelyn threw the idea that not all English are bad as an afterthought.   I did like the book though and the meeting between Grace and Elizabeth.  I have the Wild Irish by Robin Maxwell on my shelf.  Hopefully I can get around to that one soon to see a different author's take on it :)