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....

Reader's Thoughts


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.

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.

Jesse Coffey

The first book in the Keltiad series. Lots of action, lots of drama, great story telling. An excellent blend of past and future elements. A must read for anyone who loves science fiction/fantasy.

Diane Davis

Wow, I read all three of the first Keltiad books at one sitting, (of course spread out with a bit of sleeping in between). First of all, I found the lanquage completely intoxicating, the story engaging, and the whole Keltic universe fascinating. I had no idea who Patricia Kennealy was, all three books came in to my store at the same time and looked interesting so....Anyway, I loved them and have re-read them several times so these I will NEVER get rid of unless I get better copies - haha.

Avis Black

A derivative and bland story.

Mel Nevergold

Jim Morrison's wife writes an incredible novel.


Am only going to review one of the Ketiad books, but merely because they are, one and all, wonderful stories. I began reading them years ago, when I was a young woman, just barely out of my teens. One of the great tragedies of my life was losing my original copies in a house fire some 20 years later...yes, they ARE keepers. The characters are multifaceted, believable, and, for the most part, very likable. There are no black-or-white generalizations, every individual is drawn with a depth of color and shading that is so very natural.Even the villans are fascinating in their own right, and their motivations for villany are understandable and ring true. I loathe "bad guys" who are just "tossed in for the badness." This never happens with Ms. Kennealy-Morrison's books. The story line runs true from book to book, but each book stands very well on its own, a thing that I very much like in a series.If you are a fan of Science Fiction, of the Arther legends, of Celtic/Gaelic history, or just a good adventure story (with JUST the right touch of romance), these books are for you!


I'm sure there are people who condemn this books as a blatant case of Celtic wish fulfilment. I don't disagree. But you know what, it's exactly my kind of wish fulfilment, so I really don't care. I just love reading them.This was a lovely (if rather slow) reread and I hope to get to the sequel before too long (there's a whole bunch of book group books I'd rather like to read this month which will keep me busy).All I need now is ebooks of the entire series to make the rereading easier and for the author to write those extra books she always promised. Please?


Love the book!


Loving it thus far....It was great! Fantastic heroine with a great love story and battle between good and evil. Classic fantasy, definite page turner for me

Althea Ann

The Copper Crown and The Throne of Scone - one story.What a muddle!Okay, first things first. These covers are just gorgeous. Thomas Canty isn't given any credit in the actual books, but it's his artwork. (And he even sells signed prints of the images.)I fully expected to love these. I got a whole bunch of the books of the 'Keltiad' in advance of reading any of them. I don't think I'll be reading all of them.Fine, the premise is a bit absurd: In the 27th century, a probe ship from Earth discovers an interstellar Empire, Keltia, made up of the descendants of Celts who fled persecution by Christians back in the 5th century, and, aided by the denizens of Atlantis, went out to space.If it was done well, I could run with it. I love both space opera and fantasy; Celtic and pagan mythology is always full of good opportunities for stories. But it's not done well. The author doesn't pull it off. The minor problem is that a complex situation with a great number of characters is set up, and the writing just doesn't do it justice. I usually love twisty conflicts and court politics, but here, as I said earlier, it just feels muddled.The worst problem is not the complexity, however, it's the way that events seem to progress independent of any kind of logic stemming from characterization. People love and hate each other, turn traitor, change their minds, are loyal, etc - seemingly for no reason. One of the main characters (Sarah O'Reilly) is supposed to be a mature, competent naval officer. However, through both books she's written as if she's a star-struck, ditzy 10-year-old with a celebrity crush on Keltia's queen, Aeron. (And why would Earth military officers be impressed at all by foreign royalty? And why would Earth people instantly want to get involved in someone else's war?)Another thing that bothered me: the use of the phrase "Any road" on practically every other page. I know this is British slang equivalent to "anyways," and maybe the author thought it made her characters sound more Celtic? But it was used in places where no such interjection was necessary, and no single phrase should ever be used with the frequency that this one is in these books. In addition, the story seriously suffers due to the author completely failing to think things through logically. The people of Keltia have psi powers - but hardly ever use them, for no given reason. They and their enemies both have advanced technology including hyperspace ships - but don't use technological weapons. There's also magic - but with the exception of one past incident, the ramifications and potentials of that are not explored.When everything happens due to the author's "cause I said so," as opposed to because that would be the logical thing to happen in a theoretical scenario, things just get boring.I also owned the prequel to these, 'The Silver Branch,' but I've decided not to read it.


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!


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.


This is a review of memory because I loved this book and haven't found it again. But it takes you through the coming of age of Aeron, Queen of the Kelts. It is an amazing growing up tale that just makes you want to know Aeron as an adult (good news- you can in the next two books). Rich and colorful, pure escape. I need to get my hands on a copy again- alas it appears to be out of print so I may have to start scouring used book stores and get serious about it.I will recommend this book with the recommendation that someone gave me many moons ago: "Kelts in space. Seriously, Kelts in space."


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

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