Dreamy Dash to Dublin: 8 Books as Tour Guide
As the summer is winding down, I've grown tired of the usual vacation porn: sun-drenched beaches, tropical oases, drinks with tiny umbrellas. I've also grown tired of the heat, longing for fall with its colorful leaves and cable knit sweaters.
So for a very atypical summer vacation, I think of Dublin with its rolling green hills, the trees slowly turning orange and gold as September nears. It's a country where modern cities abut ancient castles, perfect for enjoying the last days of summer while looking forward to fall.
Until you can get away for real, grab a pint of Guinness and escape into these books, which manage to capture the ancient Celtic history and the modern magic of Ireland.
In my opinion, one of the cleverest children's books of all time. Great for anyone who's wanted to be an evil genius (or raise one).
1 / 8
Karen Marie Moning
Bringing one of Ireland's oldest traditions, stories of the Fae, and entwining it with a modern murder mystery, Moning creates a darkly addictive novel.
2 / 8
Skulduggery Pleasant is back with the usual blend of magic, mayhem, and humor, squaring off against a new enemy and his plans to raise an army of the dead.
3 / 8
The epic tale of Brian Boru, who rises up to become king of Ireland, includes a little bit of everything: battles, romance, intrigue, mysticism, and a extra dose of Vikings.
4 / 8
Michael J. Sullivan
The first book in the Riyria Chronicles is not technically set in Ireland, or any familiar country, but it feels like it. And it's the kind of fantasy/heist that you won't really mind.
5 / 8
A retelling of the Celtic "swans" myth has all the elements of a traditional fairy tale: an evil stepmother, an enchantment, and the Fair Folk. A beautiful story for those looking for a more traditional fairy tale.
6 / 8
Karen Marie Moning
The first in the Dani O'Malley trilogy (and 6th in the Fever series), Moning creating a Dublin overrun by the Unseelie, the dark Fae, where humans are struggling to survive. But when a mysterious frost starts killing both the Fae and the humans, Dani must create her own alliances to figure out what's behind this.
7 / 8
Seeped in traditional Irish mythology, the novel tells of a Great Queen returning to Ireland to bring destruction. Two children have the means of stopping her, but are hunted by the Queen's hounds in their journey.
8 / 8