The Blood Queen: A 'Bhanrigh Fuil

By David H. Millar

Worth reading 😎

A Challenging Journey through The Blood Queen – A ´Bhanrigh Fuil by David H. Millar

A Challenging Journey through The Blood Queen – A ´Bhanrigh Fuil

David H. Millar’s The Blood Queen – A ´Bhanrigh Fuil transports readers to a magical realm rich in Gaelic mythology and sorcery. I gave the book a three-star rating because, despite its complex and engaging plot, I didn’t like it as much as I could have.

The Blood Queen ♦ David H. Millar


A notable obstacle I faced was the multitude of characters whose names had strong roots in the Gaelic language. Authenticity offers a depth of cultural complexity, but it also puts readers who aren’t familiar with Gaelic linguistics at a disadvantage. It was difficult to keep track of the individuals, their relationships, and their parts in the story since there were so many names. The reading experience lost its natural flow as a result of having to frequently turn to the glossary (which I highly appreciated). An easier-to-read strategy, like adding a pronunciation guide or simplified guide to the text, might have resolved this problem.

The Blood Queen’s speed was another important element that affected how I read it. The story progresses slowly, which may try the patience of readers looking for a more dynamic and fast-paced adventure but also allows for extensive world-building and character development. Some passages felt drawn out, and there were too many descriptive ones, which occasionally took away from the plot’s general drive. Finding a middle ground between a fast-paced narrative and rich, evocative storytelling might increase the interest of a larger audience.

Still, it’s important to recognize the novel’s positive aspects. It is impressive how well Millar knows Gaelic mythology and how he can craft a multi-layered, intricate story. He skillfully captures the essence of Celtic folklore in his vibrant and captivating work. The fantasy genre gains a distinct taste from the cultural authenticity, giving readers a novel and engrossing experience.


The Blood Queen – A ´Bhanrigh Fuil, in summary, is an engrossing story that transports readers to the fascinating realm of Gaelic magic. The novel’s vast ethnic diversity and intricate storytelling make up for its flaws, which include a lot of complicated names and slow pacing. This novel might appeal to a wider readership and provide greater enjoyment for fantasy fans by adopting a more comprehensible approach to character names and improving the tempo.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

This review was first published at The Art of Reading. 

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I feel like 1 million pages old. I have lived thousands of lives, loved, mourned and died many deaths. I had a home in almost every corner of the world and in many new worlds. I have made many friends and also fought many enemies.

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