at Drumshee by Cora Harrison
by Kilmihil Children’s Book Club
This book is one of the Drumshee Timeline Series. It is set in
Drumshee, Co Clare in the 5th century. Ita, Mahon and their friends
are scholars at a Brehon school. The Brehon laws were the laws
that the Irish people used to live by. Ita’s father, Flann
is the Brehon, and has to go to courts all over the area. When
he goes, Gabur his assistant is in charge. Gabur is an evil man
and is very cruel to the students, especially Mahon.
He beats Mahon at every opportunity. Mahon hates him, but he is
not the only one in the area who hates him. Gabur has many enemies
and not many people have a good word to say about him.
When Gabur is found dead, by Mahon, a lot of people
think that it’s Mahon who has murdered him. It’s up to Ita and
her friends at the Brehon school to find out who really did kill
Gabur and prove Mahon’s innocence.
This is a fast paced, exciting book and all members of the book
club really enjoyed it. The children would recommend it, and liked
the suspense of the story, as none of them guessed who the killer
was. They did however think that there were quite a lot of characters
in the story and found it hard to keep track of who they all were.
8 out of 10.