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Subject: March BOM - Part One
Date Posted: 3/2/2009 7:55 AM ET
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Sorry I'm a day late! I am reading the book, but I wasn't around a computer this weekend to post the topics.

Discuss the Prologue and Part One here (Pages 1 - 88) -

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 11:35 AM ET
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I'm through this section and well into part 2. 

My first thought was that the very first paragraph in the Prologue, which described Rockfleet Castle, is also a description of Grania herself.  Dark, forbidden and somewhat imposing and cold on the outside, it was very different on the inside - "The fortress could offer warmth and something of beauty to the few who gained admittance."  Right away this told me a lot about the kind of woman Grania was, and I think we get even more of a sense of that in part 1. 

BTW, there is some good background information on Grania at Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_O%27Malley). I read that before starting the book as I knew nothing about her.  There's also a picture of Rockfleet Castle.  Wow!  Not what I picture a castle to be, LOL! 

Date Posted: 3/3/2009 10:35 AM ET
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Interesting thought, Shelley! I didn't catch that, but now that I've re-read the paragraph, I think you are right on. Perfect description for Grania.

I've read about 70 pages so far and I'm really enjoying it. I  hope the book delves deep into the relationship between Elizabeth and Grania. I've always been intrigued by the dynamics between these two strong-willed, powerful ladies.

Has anyone read any of Morgan Llywelyn's other books? I've read 3 so far and I'm starting to think that she couldn't write a bad book. ;-)

Date Posted: 3/3/2009 12:43 PM ET
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It's been a long time since I've read another Morgan Llywelyn book, but I remember liking her style before. I have a couple of hers in my TBR pile.

I must admit, until I picked up Grania, I thought she was a he.

Date Posted: 3/3/2009 1:33 PM ET
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Mimi - You aren't the only one thinking "she" was a he!  LOL!  I had never heard of this author before, and I assumed it was a man. 

Date Posted: 3/3/2009 4:56 PM ET
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I also assumed Morgan was a man! 

Interesting insight, Shelley about the comparison between Grania and Rockfleet.

I liked the opening scene with the fire.  I think it sets a great tone for the whole book, giving you an understanding of Grania's character.  Very brave and a leader.  But also very stubborn, having to be clubbed over the head by Tigernan in order to save her life.

Date Posted: 3/4/2009 6:06 PM ET
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I finished the first section of the book today before coming in to work.  I agree with Valli- I hope there will be lots of interplay between Elizabeth and Grania.  Both ladies seem cut from the same mold; unwilling to accept the roles society expected for each of them. 

Date Posted: 3/4/2009 6:55 PM ET
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I'm afraid we won't get the famed Grania-Elizabeth meeting until the last section. However, Grania seems to think a LOT about the "she-king" and often compares her and her life to her own.  I just started section 4.

Date Posted: 3/11/2009 3:55 PM ET
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I'm on p.40 and liking it so far.  I have not read any by this author but have a copy of 1916 on my shelf that I'll get to eventually.  I thought the author was a man too :)