He Stands Alone
Eickhoff’s Ulster Cycle series is an excellent way for anyone to enjoy the legendary saga of the Irish warrior-hero, Cuchulainn. He Stands Alone, the fifth book of the series, is a compilation of short stories encompassing different aspects of Cuchulainn’s life. Training, battles, and the pleasures and pain of love are all covered in very readable prose. In a world of valor and violence, the chapters on the romance between Cuchulainn and Emer touchingly display a gentle, loving side that in no way mocks the image of a warrior. Eickhoff’s expertise in the field and his ability to convey the richness of Celtic myth and history are gifts to the reader, and one can only wait impatiently for the next installment.