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Sour by Alan Walsh

Front cover image of Sour by Alan Walsh. Reviewed by On My Kindle Book Reviews

Source: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Genre: Fiction, folktales
Format: eBook, Print
Number of Pages: 238
Publication Date: August 4, 2015


A re-telling of Deirdre of the Sorrows, updated to the modern day, re-imagined with bizarre local characters and set in a fictional Irish countryside. Hilarious, dark, thrilling, with a winding narrative native to the Irish countryside.

In a desolate Irish town a local paper boy goes missing. Conall, a beetroot-faced, mule of a man, makes it his business to find the boy.

What starts out a small undertaking, unfolds into a journey of strange rural experience, bizarre natural occurrences and warped small-town morality, revealing the shocking tale of a young girl horribly imprisoned and two boys fixed on rescuing her. Fionn McCool, Cuchullainn, and many more characters all make appearances!     ~ Summary from Goodreads ~


Using a combination of Irish brogue and slang, Walsh tells a dark and tragic tale. Brilliantly created and multi-faceted characters in a picturesque setting ensnare readers while they learn about the fate of the children as told by the Puca, a mischievous shapeshifter who provides a healthy dose of levity in what would otherwise be a dark and depressing tale by revealing the characters' personality traits, quirks, bad habits, and secrets.

Walsh's writing is lyrical as he guides readers through a stunning Irish landscape on an adventure that retraces the missing children's steps to find out what really happened after they ran away.

The colorful dialogue, the interesting characters, and the mystery behind the children's disappearance kept me engrossed in the tale as Conall and the Puka tromped through the countryside in search of the children. I enjoy reading about different local legends and folktales, and Walsh did a fantastic job of with his interpretation of Deidre of Sorrows!

If you enjoy folktales and a good mystery, you will most certainly want to add Sour by Alan Walsh to your library!

About Alan Walsh

Image of Alan Walsh, Author of Sour. Reviewed by On My Kindle Book Reviews
Alan Walsh, author.
Photo courtesy of Goodreads.

I'm a writer and artist from Dublin, Ireland. I was born here and studied art in IADT before moving to Italy to travel around and write and teach English.

I live in London for a couple of years too, working as a designer and finishing a novel.

I've been published in The Moth magazine, as well as, Outburst, The Bohemyth, Wordlegs and the Illustrated Ape. I've also had articles published in Magill magazine, Film Ireland and Three Monkeys.

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