A copiously illustrated compendium of Celtic lore, chronologically arranged from the arrival of the gods in the ancient Celtic world to the legend of King Arthur. Written by an authority on Celts, the information should be authentic. Unfortunately, so many stories have been compacted into this large volume that they read as condensed versions, lacking the humor, pacing, and lilt typical of the material. On the other hand, the extraordinary amount of gore, usually expurgated from children's versions, is included. Garland's colorful paintings depict the heroes as solid flesh and blood--a National Geographic sort of style. Index, pronunciation key (not all-inclusive), list of principal sources. Should be useful for reference and as background for modern fantasy inspired by Celtic mythology (Bond, Cooper, Tolkien, Alexander, etc.); too dry to be a good version for storytellers.