Gael Song 02: The words of kings and prophets


Ireland, 1000 AD. Gormflaith is unhappily married to Brian Boru, High King of Ireland, and although a queen she struggles with her limited position. As an immortal Fomorian with the secret gift of magic, Gormflaith has a burning desire: to find and destroy the hidden fortress of her sworn enemies, the Descendants, who seek to kill her kind at all costs. She begins to use her magical powers, and discovers she is more skilled than she ever realised – but can she control what she will become?

Meanwhile Fodla, the Descendants’ healer, mourns her banished sister but clings to life as the guardian of her young nephew. She seeks a place of safety for them both, but he has secrets of his own that could threaten everything – and Fodla must do all in her power to keep him hidden away from those who would use him for evil.

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The sequel to the critically acclaimed The Children of Gods and Fighting Men,

The Words of Kings and Prophets is a powerful historical fantasy novel by Shauna Lawless, set in war-torn medieval Ireland.

Power fades but fire endures…Ireland, 1000 AD. Clouds of war gather for mortals and immortals alike as the Irish kingdoms strive for supremacy. Gormflaith, unhappy queen of Brian Boru, schemes to destroy the Descendants, sworn enemies of her Fomorian kind. As her plans take an unexpected turn, Gormflaith discovers her magic is more powerful than she ever realised – but at what cost?

Descendant healer Fodla dwells disguised in the mortal world, seeking to protect her young nephew – but the boy has secrets of his own. Fodla must do all in her power to keep him hidden from those who would use him for evil. When a mysterious man comes to King Brian’s court, his presence could spell disaster for both Gormflaith and Fodla – and for Ireland herself. For he is Tomas, an ambitious immortal – and he will do anything to see his plans become reality?

‘A fine piece of storytelling.’ Mark Lawrence

‘Utterly magical and completely captivating.’ Sarah Underwood

Reviewers on Shauna Lawless’ GAEL SONG series:

‘Lawless blends fantasy with historical fiction to great effect.’ SFX

‘Celebrates the extraordinary history and cultural traditions of Ireland while giving voice to the women who helped shape it.’ Lucy Holland

‘A beguiling blend of fantasy, history, and politics..’ D.K. Fields

Additional information

Weight 454 g
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2.5 cm










1st paperback ed


823.92 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K

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