Review: Flint and Mirror by John Crowley

Author: John Crowley
Publisher: Tor Books
Released: April 19, 2022
Received: NetGalley

3 1/2 kitties

I’ve been reading more and more historical fiction lately, and I’m really happy that I’ve found time to enjoy the genre more. My latest read in this vein is Flint and Mirror by John Crowley.

Two sides are fighting the same war. The Irish seek to protect their lands, people, and way of life. The Queen and her people seek to make more of the world English. Two sides, two very different perspectives.

Hugh O’Neill is part of this war, being the Earl of Tyrone. He receives orders directly from the Queen. Yet the Irish also lay a claim on him, making him their champion.

If you like historical fiction, and more importantly, like John Crowley’s writing style, then I think you’re going to love Flint and Mirror. I will say that the prose pretty much won me over right from the start. It flowed so smoothly and was such a delight to read.

Flint and Mirror was a shockingly complex tale, with so many moving pieces. Despite this complexity, it wasn’t difficult to follow – Crowley’s writing and his characters make it easy to stay invested.

I can’t really comment on the historical accuracy of any of this, not being a history buff. But I did enjoy those elements and would like to think I learned something new (I hope?). I would love to hear what others have to say on that count.

Thanks to Tor Books and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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