The Copper Crown (The Tales of Aeron, #1)

ISBN: 0451450507
ISBN 13: 9780451450500
By: Patricia Kennealy

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WHEN EARTH MEETS KELTIA WILL STAR EMPIRES FALL?When lore became legend on ancient Earth and the powers of magic waned, the Kelts and their allies fled the planet for the freedom of distant star realms.But the stars were home to dangerous foes, and millenia later, the worlds of Keltia still maintained uneasy truce with two enemy empires -the Imperium and the Phalanx. Then, at the start of the reign of Aeron, mistress of high magic and queen of all the Kelts, an Earthship made contact with her long-fled children. And while Earth and Keltia reached out to form alliance, the star fleets of the enemy mobilized for final, devastating war....

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I loved the entire series starting with this book. I actually based ny first D&D character on the main character from this series (loosely, mostly in name & form). It is a great mix of futuristic technology and Celtic magic. A related series that is also very good is a futuristic Arthurian tale that takes place in the past relative to this series, and I loved it as well.


I bought this book when it was first published as a hardcover by the old Bluebird publishing house. I since had to purchase a paperback copy for loaning out, because the hardcover copies of this first and its successors are not leaving my possession!Celtic (spelled with a 'k' in Ms. Kennealy-Morrison's books) mythology has long been a favorite subject, and to have it writ large in space and made more personal somehow was a real treat. I find Ms. K-M's writing to be easily digested, and always leaving me wanting more. I like the way she fleshes out her characters, even the 'bad' ones, and her descriptive passages make it so I'm there in her world with her. The story lines are interesting enough to keep one reading the book without wanting to put it down, and to make one want to have the next one immediately on hand. Upon occasion, a meme will arise on one of the various social media sites as to where one might wish to live, if not where one is now. I always choose Keltia.

Michael Spires

Took some work to get into the first time, but I'm glad I persevered.


A beautifully written blend of magic and science fiction. Long ago the Celts (spelled Kelts in the book so the reader is sure to mentally pronounce the name accurately) fled Atlantis and landed on the shores of Ireland, only to find themselves expelled as snakes and serpents when St. Patrick brought Christianity to the Emerald Isle. They fled in a spaceship built with technology that had been in their people for millennia, and landed in a star system thousands of light-years away from the inhospitable Earth, where they have lived for countless generations. Now Terrans have once again discovered them, and Aeron, the Queen of Keltia, is ready to welcome them as long-lost kin. Keltia's enemies are not eager for an alliance that could tip the scales of power in the universe, and launch an attack. When both technology and magic are used in war, you KNOW things are going to get exciting!I read this book many years ago, and it became one of my favorites. Whenever I pick up an old favorite, it's with a bit of trepidation, because now I've studied writing techniques and it's a lot harder to lose myself in a novel the way I could when I wasn't able to identify the author's storytelling skills. Therefore I was delighted to discover that I love this book now just as much as I did back then! I absolutely love the "science fantasy" aspects, and found my chest swelling just a little because of my Irish roots. Who knows, maybe I, too, am a distant descendant of the people who fled Atlantis!One warning to those who intend to read The Copper Crown - it's the first of a trilogy, and it was written in the days when trilogies were really just one long story broken into three books. It leaves the characters in dire straits, sort of like Han Solo was left frozen in carbonite at the end of The Empire Strikes Back. That's okay - I own the other two books as well as the following trilogy!


I love this series, I read it over and over again


Celts in space! Who could resist? I have read this several times and love the series

Avis Black

A derivative and bland story.

Mel Nevergold

Jim Morrison's wife writes an incredible novel.

Rebecca Swartz

This book is a magical work. Along with its sequel, The Throne of Scone, it combines eloquent text, flawless character building, historical fact weaved with fantasy, magic where it should be (and how it should be), and a story that lifts the spirit as it does the education of the Kelts. This is a fine, fine read, and highly recommended.


so cheesy. yet i love it. KELTS! IN! SPAAAAAAAACE!

Christina Tang-Bernas

Ok, this is my 4th time reading this book. I came across it at my parents' house rotting in a pile of other old books and, delighted, snatched it up to read again. It had been a long while since I read it last and so, to me, it was like reading it anew. It was just as good as I remembered it. This book is a strange mix of ancient Celtic/Keltic mythology and futuristic Science Fiction. There are mentions of magic and ancient rituals juxtaposed with starships and datapads. Somehow, it works. The characters are nuanced, the plot is layered, and the setting is lush with descriptions. Though, since I had recently watched the latest Star Trek movie again on Netflix, I have to say that most of the science fiction seems to have been directly taken from there (ie. starship going out to meet alien cultures, a federation of planets, datapads). It did drag a teensy-weensy bit in the middle but overall, the action moved pretty swiftly. I say try this book if you're a fan of both history/mythology and science fiction.


I have lost track of how many times I've read this book. Each time I'm reminded of why I keep the series. They are still in pretty good shape ... even with pages that are turning colors! Back when this came out in paperback, it was listed as fantasy and I agree... with just a touch of sci-fi thrown in. But it is the Celtic Myths that have kept me reading and revisiting. Earth meets Keltia and the adventure begins!


Great fantasy!

Mike (the Paladin)

Just could never get through this one. so take my rating for what it is. I didn't finish it.


it is the second book in a trilogy based off Keltic legends only set in a different part of the Universe. It is fun and exciting.

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