Ambitious and powerful...superbly drawn...a stirring novel broad in location and historical sweep...within a tradition that includes O'Connor, Liam O'Flaherty, Sebastian Barry and Frank McGuinness... Paramount in this tradition is the need to expose the big lies, to help us to see the conflict with fresh eyes - and on all of these counts, McMenamin's ambitious novel scores big
Ciarán McMenamin confirms his exceptional talent with this admirably powerful and authentic novel about the First World War and the struggle for Irish independence. Tremendous.
[A] violent and tender story where memorable characters battle love, loyalty and the terrible truths of war
Excellent, gripping...a powerful reflection on complex loyalties, divisions and identities, a romantic drama and a page-turning thriller
There is a smooth grace to his prose, and, though it's an historical novel, it's written in a modern style, jumping between past and present timelines in a way that feels immediate and filmic...The tension between the compulsions of history and circumstance, and personal moral choice, are played out compellingly