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Released: 28/01/2016

ISBN: 9781784625177

Format: Paperback

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Hiraeth a Loss



The Hiraeth trilogy darkens. After their victorious battle in Wicklow, Mona disappears without a trace. Despite months of searching, Cai is forced to face life without her and seeks happiness in a life far removed from his Welsh language and community. Mona’s dramatic return throws his life into chaos as she reveals the harrowing details of the past fifteen months at the hands of their true enemy. With the Welsh and Irish Druids uniting behind them, Mona and Cai must stand together if they are to overcome the powerful and evil force to which their own destinies are fatally entwined. A fast-moving, contemporary action story, ‘Hiraeth’ is a trilogy inspired by the ancient Celtic texts of the Mabinogion and the Ulster Cycle. The story has been woven into an epic power struggle, which straddles myth, Celtic identity and adventure.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hiraeth - read it!, 12 May 2015
By m

This review is from: Hiraeth: a mark - marc (Paperback)
Liz Riley Jones - Hiraeth a mark.
Warriors, Druids, RNLI, Welsh history, love, mystery and betrayal - something for everyone, whats not to love?

Hiraeth (homesickness tinged with grief or sadness over the lost or departed. It is a mix of longing, yearning, nostalgia, wistfulness, or an earnest desire for the Wales of the past - Wikipedia).

Loved it! A great, gripping story with a striding build of tension - try it, you wont be able to put it down.

5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, with strong characters, 30 April 2015
By Senlui (England)

This review is from: Hiraeth: a mark - marc (Paperback)
The reader is thrown into the action straight away, and rarely do you find yourself so emotionally moved for characters that you have just met as in "Hiraeth: a mark". From then on, you follow the main character, Mona, as she is abandoned in a community that is seemingly hostile to her. Intrigue and suspense fill the pages, when you learn of what the community really is all about.

Liz manages to blend Celtic myth of the Mabinogion into a contemporary world in a way that is not "New Age" or awkward. The characters are all well developed and interesting, and the settings are well researched. The story reminds me more of a science fiction than a fantasy book, and there is nothing fluffy about the novel. Indeed it is sometimes hard-hitting and difficult, but these scenes are certainly necessary and not gratuitous.

After reading "a mark", I certainly can't wait to get hold of the next part to find out what happens. The book ends at a point when the storm is brewing, and leaves the reader eager to see the result of the events of the story so far.

5.0 out of 5 stars Drawn in from the get go, 22 Mar. 2015
By J. Bray (Scotland, UK) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Hiraeth: a mark - marc (Kindle Edition)
Brilliant book, genuinely can't wait for the next one, so much going on and a really relatable core cast of characters. The pace and tone leave you with a real sense of getting to know the characters whilst building what looks to be a really epic story arc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fast paced read combining an interesting mix of ancient ..., 9 Mar. 2015
By Alison Hughes

This review is from: Hiraeth: a mark - marc (Paperback)
Great fast paced read combining an interesting mix of ancient and contemporary. The characters were strong especially the two main characters Mona and Cai. Would definitely recommend this book to anyone. Finished it and immediately wanted to start the 2nd one. Sign of a good book to me is if you feel sad when you finish it as you would miss the characters and I definitely did! Cant wait for June when 2nd one is out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mark me down for part two, 2 Mar. 2015
By Clive Baker

This review is from: Hiraeth: a mark - marc (Paperback)
I came across this book almost by accident, as the author was seeking a Cornish Language speaker. The name Hiraeth (Hyreth in Cornish) intrigued me as it is a really ancient noun from the Brythonic group of celtic languages. It has no exact meaning in English, but the nearest I can describe it as meaning is ummm ....homesickness, a deep longing for, a love for ones country, and that is not enough!. The story engaged me from the start with the ritual murder of Mona's parents. She is the main character in this first book of the trilogy. The story sounds ancient, but is based in a modern day Ynys Mon, (Anglesey). The main thrust of the book is full of intrigue and counter intrigue, and a battle between ancient arts and modern technology, and is equally described as a love story between Mona and her beau Cai... will their story survive the next two books... who knows, but I hope so. The characters are nothing like our ideas of druids and bards but are divided up into warriors, druids and's a great story and I was so enthralled it took me just two days to finish it, only to be left hanging and breathless for part two, due out in the summer... I can't wait... brilliant book!

5.0 out of 5 stars a captivating and satisfying story, 25 Feb. 2015

By tina

Now this is not my usual genre of reading matter, and other reviews tell you something of the story, my opinion is that although I took a couple of chapters to get into the story, by the time I finished the book this morning I couldnt wait to hear how the story progresses. It captivated me and I care about the characters which I consider essential for a satisfying read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read from start to finish, 16 Feb. 2015
By Mrs. Nikki J. Wood (Buckfastleigh Devon)

This review is from: Hiraeth: a mark - marc (Paperback)
A gripping book from the very beginning. I didn't want to put it down. Can't wait for the next one to come out and find out how it goes for mona n cai and who the spy is. A very good read from start to finish

5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional read, 14 Feb. 2015
By JD (UK)

An exceptional read. The narrative demanded my attention until the very end, and the characters possess both depth and appeal, particularly Mona who embodies a genuinely powerful and interesting female character. The cliffhanger ending left me wanting more, so I had a look at the website, which I have included at the end of this review, and learnt a lot more about Celtic and pagan mythology. Not only this, I am now thrilled to find there is an unabridged audiobook about to be released.! I am beyond excited to see how the rest of the trilogy plays out, especially who the spy is!

5.0 out of 5 stars An unusual fantasy set in modern Britain. Intriguing characters and a cohesive plot., 13 Feb. 2015
By Amanda "Packing Queen" (Kent England)

This review is from: Hiraeth: a mark - marc (Paperback)
The plot kicks off on the first page, followed by a slow unveiling of an ancient alternative culture living under the radar in the modern world. Really interesting idea and satisfying characters. I'm totally hooked can't wait for the second book. Hurry up Liz!

5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and gripping - who could want more?, 10 Feb. 2015
By Amazon Customer "aapjebaapje"

I'm at Chapter 5. I didn't know what to expect but I love Anglesey and wanted to give the book a chance. I'm so glad I did. This is well written and the story is already gripping. I'm looking forward to setting aside more time to read on.

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 Feb. 2015
By will gammon

loved this book cant wait for the next one !!!

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, 10 Feb. 2015

Loved, loved, loved this book! I couldn't put it down.
It's captivating, exciting and a great read.
Can't wait for the next one!!

5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping plot, wonderful characters!!!, 7 Feb. 2015
By Jenny Hannaford

I loved this book. Liz Riley Jones writes with fluidity and her characters have passion and depth. She has successfully blended the ideas of the Celtic mythology and a modern setting. There is enough mystery there to be gripping and she portrays the tensions between players so well you feel it in your gut. I couldn't stop thinking about the main characters when I wasn't reading and my only disappointment was that I wanted more!! I can't wait for the next instalment.

5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Engaging Read, 3 Feb. 2015
By Nej Dredel

This was a very good read. Not my normal genre but a fascinating insight into the drudic culture with likable characters, adventure and drama set in the Welsh countryside. A perfect read for a wet winter weekend under the duvet in front of the fire. The story draws you in and keeps you there. Eagerly awaiting the next installation!

5.0 out of 5 stars Sucks you in..., 30 Jan. 2015
By Julie Francis "meliagante"

I really enjoyed reading this! By the time it had finished, I was desperate to know what happens next and that only happens with well-written characters that you are made to care about. This book works on so many levels: a romance, a thriller, fantasy...just read it and thank me later!

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 30 Jan. 2015
By Judith

This review is from: Hiraeth: a mark - marc (Paperback)
Great read. Mona is a really strong well drawn heroine who you keep wanting to know more about.

5.0 out of 5 stars Desperate to read the next instalment., 29 Jan. 2015
By margaret

I received this book for Christmas and finished it by new year. It's an usual book and I found myself re reading it again straight after. It's a complete mixture of genres, fantasy, family drama and Celtic adventure. I was moved to tears in parts and drawn along with the fast-paced drama in others. I'm desperate to read the next instalment in the series!

5.0 out of 5 stars I am eagerly looking forward to reading the next instalment and I would definitely recommend it. A great read, 25 Jan. 2015
By Aardvark

I was given this book for Christmas and once I had started it I was captivated and I didn't want to put it down.

I am eagerly looking forward to reading the next instalment and I would definitely recommend it. A great read!

5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced fantasy adventure with a little romance, 17 Jan. 2015
By FarmersgirlCook "FarmersgirlCook"

Hiraeth, a mark-marc is the first book of a trilogy by Liz Riley Jones. It's a strange mix of modern life and Druid wars, of small suspicious communities and magic. While this is a sort of fantasy novel, take away the mystery and the magical elements and this is a love story, a family story, a war story and an adventure. he characters develop throughout this first book, Mona is a strong outsider with remarkable fighting skills. Cai is portrayed as a silent philanderer but read on and as the events unfold more is revealed about their true characters.

I really enjoyed how the story diverged and two plots ran alongside each other. Nearing the end of the book, the excitement, tension and apprehension rises and you a left with a cliff hanger ending that is, obviously, intended to lead you straight to the next book. One of my litmus tests for a good book is whether I care about the characters and what happens to them. I did care for Mona and Cai, I also cared for the other characters in the book and there are quite a few!

I can recommend this book if you like a fast paced adventure story, with a little romance and a lot of action. I will be looking out for the next book of the trilogy to find out what happens next!

5.0 out of 5 stars Hireath - Excellent!, 17 Jan. 2015
By bog chops

A new author, Liz Riley Jones, has produced an unusual story line, but a damn good read. Can't wait for the next volume!

5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book, a real page turner, 17 Jan. 2015
By ursula taylor

An amazing book, a real page turner, couldn't put it down. Cannot wait for volume 2.! If you liked Game of Thrones you will like this!

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 17 Jan. 2015
By nannyb

This review is from: Hiraeth: a mark - marc (Paperback)
Very good quality book.. Compelling story arrived on time.

5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, a real page turner which kept me ..., 13 Jan. 2015
By Amazon Customer "annspantry"

Great read, a real page turner which kept me reading late at night when I usually fall asleep! Interesting from the point of view of Celtic history and traditions, this is a modern romance and adventure story with the older theme of what was traditionally expected of the Celts in their society. Thoroughly believable characters with whom you can empathise. Now eagerly waiting for volume two!

5.0 out of 5 stars A great read with a strong female lead, 12 Jan. 2015

A great read with a strong female lead, really races along and kept me hooked. Looking forward to 2nd book in the trilogy.

5.0 out of 5 stars ... roots but you don't need to be Welsh to enjoy this first book of a new Celtic fantasy trilogy, 11 Jan. 2015
By myview45

I wanted a book to link into my Welsh roots but you don't need to be Welsh to enjoy this first book of a new Celtic fantasy trilogy. Well written with a good plot that keeps you wanting to know what happens next. Gives a good strong female lead has many twists and turns to follow .....omg can't wait for the next one ..... book 1 does finish in the middle of the plot so be prepared to buy book 2 as soon as it is published which I have on good authority will be soonish ....probably a few months........enjoy!!

4.0 out of 5 stars From the opening fight sequence this novel draws you in ..., 5 Jan. 2015
By Mark Wilson

From the opening fight sequence this novel draws you in with its blend of Celtic folklore and modern day reference points. The main character is well crafted and demonstrates the strength of a modern woman but also draws on the inspiration of powerful women leaders and warriors in our past. I was left looking forward to the next volume and with a keen interest to track my Celtic roots.

4.0 out of 5 stars it’s a bit like a mixture between Harry Potter, 31 Dec. 2014

This review is from: Hiraeth: a mark - marc (Paperback)
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.

You might have guessed from the title that this novel is a novel of Celtic proportions – set mainly in modern day Anglesey (Ynys Mon), it’s a bit like a mixture between Harry Potter, Northern Lights and the legendary tales of Welsh and Celtic folklore. If that sounds pretty good to you, that’s probably because it is.

Loosely speaking, the story-line follows a powerful young woman called Mona Jones, who kicks ass at physical combat but who seems aligned with magic from the Irish and Welsh Celts. Her parents are dead, her uncle dies, and she heads off to Ynys Mon on his final instructions to join up with other remnants of the ancient tribes, where she’s initially distrusted and later on slowly accepted in to the community.

There she meets a warrior called Cai, who starts the novel seeming like a reticent and unassuming boy, quickly turns in to a ladies’ man and then transforms yet again, in front of our eyes. There’s a little bit of sex here and there if that’s your thing, but it doesn’t take away from the book as a whole and is dealt with well by the author, especially in one or two of the more delicate scenes.

I won’t spend much more time on the plot, partly because I don’t want to spoil it and partly because there’s a lot to go in to, but suffice to say that it’s a thrilling rollercoaster of an adventure, and a gentle introduction in to Jones’ alternative to our own world.

This is the first book in a trilogy, and if it’s anything to go by then the rest of the series is going to be pretty good and definitely one to watch – it set a precedent, and got me slightly addicted to Wales‘ language and its history. The author has clearly done her research – her fictional world is so authentic that she’s occasionally required to provide translations of Welsh words, and the title of the novel itself is in Welsh.

All in all, I was pleasantly surprised by this novel and even though I was hesitant at first, it was worth sticking with – I was hooked by the end and kind of reticent to leave the book behind.

5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling contemporary fantasy, 27 Dec. 2014
By Harri Roberts - See all my reviews

This contemporary fantasy novel is a great read and doesn't pull any punches. A brutal, heart-rending opening launches us straight into the story - and after that the pace never lets up. The novel deals with some traditional fantasy tropes, such as the death of magic, but there are plenty of contemporary twists along the way. Great characters - particularly the heroine, Mona - and an underlying theme about finding one's place in the world will appeal to young adult readers everywhere. The author's love of Wales (and particularly Anglesey) also shines through.

Da iawn!

5.0 out of 5 stars Leaves its Mark!, 16 Dec. 2014
By Leon N Robins

A really good read. An action-packed start followed by intrigue as the main character, Mona, begins to learn more about the life she has been born into. It is hard to pin down to a genre - probably fantasy adventure is the nearest I can come up with - but it's more nuanced than that with its present day setting. The author has created a believable world of ancient Druids surviving in the modern day and on the fringes of Celtic society. Forget about your white robes and hippy stuff - this has warriors, battles, treachery and a community under siege. It is ancient traditions versus modern technology. Its kick-ass heroine has (literally) a killer touch - though she's not always the brightest. The relationship/love story between Mona and Cai is gripping and underpins the narrative - whether it will survive their forced separation is left unresolved in this book! Well worth a read.

5.0 out of 5 stars A great read, 12 Dec. 2014
By F A Watts

This book hits the ground running. It’s a no-holds-barred story of ancient communities in the twenty-first century. The strong and engaging characters navigate a world full of history and the power of language, where they face battles both physical and emotional. A fantasy novel with a strong voice of its own, drawing on a Celtic and especially a Welsh heritage, but also engaging with modern concerns of gender relations and sustainability, this is a great read.

Bill Thomas /| 's review May 08, 15
5 of 5 stars
Read from March 03 to May 08, 2015

"Hiraeth is a story told in three parts. Dark Celtic fantasy novels about a hidden Druid community. Set in modern day Wales and Ireland, Hiraeth is strongly influenced by Celtic history and mythology." from website

Finished this book last night and it's one of the best I've ever read. Liz Riley Jones is a masterful storyteller on par with T A Barron and Terry Brooks. This is an amazing amalgam of history, myth, and magic all told in a modern setting. What a great read! I can't wait for the next book in the series. I highly recommend this book.

Laura Williams's review May 16, 15
5 of 5 stars
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I stumbled upon this book - maybe a post on Facebook, I don't even remember - but it spoke to me immediately. I bought it and once I started, I finished it in one day. ONE DAY. I haven't done that since my teen years and discovering Robert Heinlein, Pearl Buck, Elizabeth von Arnm. I ate it up - and then was crushed to realize that Book Two isn't available until June 15th, 2015. Once you start the lyricism and fluid storytelling will sweep you up. At first I was missing the depth of narrative background, or description, that often crowds other books and gives you too clear of a picture. This work is far more subtle and clever. The emotions, descriptions of weather and music, are vivid and create full tapestries of images in your mind. I loved this. It has been added to a very, very, select list of My Favourites.

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Liz Riley Jones

Liz Riley Jones is the pen name of Sam Holland, a sculptor who lives and works in Kent.

It was the sculpture that Sam made of Dic Evans, an RNLI hero from Moelfre, Anglesey that reunited Sam with her family roots on the island.

Thomas Idwal Jones, her grandfather, was one of Dic's lifelong friends, yet it was a chance phone call from the Moelfre Partnership over ten years ago that took Sam to Anglesey and changed her life.

Inspired by her newfound Celtic roots, Sam started learning Welsh and studying Celtic mythology, history and identity. This work has culminated in the story of Hiraeth - a mixture of personal experience, fantasy and homage to the great Celtic tales of the Mabinogion and the Irish Ulster Cycle.

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