What are the best Celtic fiction books?

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    #1Outlander

    Outlander

    Outlander is the first book in the historical romance series by Diana Gabaldon. It tells the story of Claire Randall a nurse from 1945 that is suddenly transported to the Scotland of 1743. There she meets Jamie Fraser a gallant Scottish warrior that will forever change her destiny.

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    Douglas Ramirez
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I am a great fan of Celtic fiction novels, so I always like to read books that take place in this setting. With Outlander, I was told a great story that painted the picture of 1740 Scotland beautifully. The story that is told is wonderful and is highlighted by the highly descriptive Celtic setting where the story takes place. "
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    #2The Mists of Avalon

    The Mists of Avalon

    The Mists of Avalon is a fantasy novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It is a retelling of the Arthurian legends as told from the perspective of Morgraine, and features mainly the other women in the stories: Gwenhwyfar, Viviane, Morgause, and Igraine.

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    Anthony Woods
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Morgaine is the main protagonist. And unlike in most retellings, she’s not an evil sorceress. Instead, she’s an initiate of Avalon, a mythical island that’s home to a sect of Goddess worshippers trying to stave off Christianity’s growing influence over Britain. Bradley includes the familiar love triangle between Arthur, Gwenhwyfar, and Lancelet (a.k.a. Lancelot), but the contest of religions is the core struggle in The Mists of Avalon. Viviane, Lady of Avalon when the story begins, places Arthur on the throne so that he may serve his Christian and non-Christian subjects alike. But Gwenhwyfar convinces him to become ever more Christian, and Viviane and Morgaine consider this conversion a betrayal of the oaths he swore to win the crown. In the years that follow, Avalon sets itself against Camelot and grows intolerant in kind"
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    #3Voyager (Outlander)

    Voyager (Outlander)
    Voyager is a historical romance novel by Diana Gabaldon. The third book in the Outlander series, it tells the story of Claire Randall, who must choose between returning to the 18th century for Jamie Fraser or staying in the present.
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    Brittany Bell
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I don't know if I would call it one of the best Celtic fiction novels but Voyager is a great romance novel that sets itself apart from the others it has a great story line that keep the book fresh i enjoyed it"
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    #4The Merlin Trilogy

    The Merlin Trilogy

    The Merlin Trilogy is Mary Stewart's book containing three stories about the life of Merlin, from his dangerous childhood, to his meeting with a young Arthur, and finally, to his battle to keep Camelot safe from a witch's grasp.

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    Jose Day
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This is a great read for anyone interested in Merlin and old tales centered around Camelot. One of the Classics"
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    #5Heart's Blood

    Heart's Blood
    Heart's Blood is the tale of Beauty and the Beast revisited. Caitrin wanders into a strange place called Whistling Tor and starts working as a scribe for the village chieftain, Anluan. Together, they work to break the curse on him and his people.
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    Hansika Tata
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Good story and Celtic fiction can be hit or miss. This story is based on a classic Beauty and the Beast twist. I really liked it and finished it really quickly. The characters are real and believable for a fiction book the Celtic lean of this made it one of the best I have read."
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    #6The Mabinogion

    The Mabinogion

    The Mabinogion is a collection of medieval folklore translated and compiled by Jeffrey Gantz. It includes tales from King Arthur's court, a story of a young man enduring several tasks to get wedded to a giant's daughter, and a story of a knight proving his valor.

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    Austin Garcia
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "In terms of Celtic fiction books, this is an amazing find. I stumbled upon this book and I couldn't stop turning the pages! It is translated well by Jeffrey Gantz, and it's cool to think that these stories originated in the 13th century."
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    #7Heart and Soul

    Heart and Soul

    Heart and Soul by Maeve Binchy is a romance fiction novel published in 2008. This book follows the story of a cardiology clinic and the troubled life of the patients and the staff working there. 

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    #8Gulliver's Travels

    Gulliver's Travels

    Gulliver's Travels is a fantasy fiction novel written by Jonathan Swift, with an introduction from Robert Demaria, Jr based on the edition published in 1726.

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    #9Here Be Dragons

    Here Be Dragons

    Here Be Dragons is a medieval, renaissance, historical and fiction book written by Sharon Kay Penman. It was published June 1, 1985 by Holt, Rinhart and Winston. It follows the story of a King.

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    Marisol Carrillo
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Accurate information"
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    #10Lion of Ireland

    Lion of Ireland

    Lion of Ireland is a historical fiction book written by Morgan Llywelyn. Lion of Ireland was published on March 6, 2002 by Tor Books. It was originally published in February 26, 1980.

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    Willie Jacobs
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "There is a reason why this is NYT best seller. The novel tells a story of an olden celtic tale with adventure, action, and high stakes. Like Game of thrones in novel form! Would reccomend."
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    #11A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander)

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander)
    A Breath of Snow and Ashes is the sixth book in the historical romance series Outlander written by Diana Gabaldon which continues the love story between Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century wife Claire. 
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    #12Daughter of the Forest

    Daughter of the Forest

    Daughter of the Forest is the first book in the Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier. This book was originally published in 1999. This book is a good mix of fantasy, romance, and history that every young adult may enjoy to read.

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    Joan Obrien
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "My family is from Ireland, so a lot of my favorite books are set in the Emerald Isles. I really love how Irish myths are used in this book, it gives it a unique and flavorful feel. All the characters are really easy to relate to. This is the perfect book to read if you want to feel more in tune with your heritage. "
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    #13Bard: The Odyssey of the Irish

    Bard: The Odyssey of the Irish

    Bard: The Odyssey of the Irish is a historical fiction book written by Morgan Llywelyn. Bard: The Odyssey of the Irish was published on July 30, 2013 by Tor Books.

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    Joe Hamilton
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Good book to have. Well-written fiction book"
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    #141916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion

    1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion

    1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion is a historical fiction book written by Morgan Llywelyn. 1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion was published on March 15, 1999 by Tor Books.

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    Jacqueline Freeman
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "It is an excellent book. I know several people who have read it and agree. Every person who has read it recommends it"
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    #15Star of the Sea

    Star of the Sea
    Star of the Sea is a historical fiction book written by Joseph O'Connor. Star of the Sea was published on March 8, 2004 by Mariner Books. The book follows a mystery thriller aboard the eponymous ship, Star of the Sea.
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    Kenneth Armstrong
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Star of the Sea is an awesome seafaring adventure that is in the same vein as classics like Moby Dick. I really enjoyed the amount of suspense that was in the book, there were several parts where I simply couldn't put it down."

Summary

Best What are the best Celtic fiction books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1OutlanderBooks 36 Paid
2The Mists of AvalonBooks 31 Paid
3Voyager (Outlander)Books 30 Paid
4The Merlin TrilogyBooks 28 Paid
5Heart's BloodBooks 27 Paid
6The MabinogionBooks 26 Paid
7Heart and SoulBooks 24 Paid
8Gulliver's TravelsBooks 23 Paid
9Here Be DragonsBooks 17 Paid
10Lion of Ireland Books 11 Paid
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