Hy Brasil

Island of Eternity

Fiction - Literary
315 Pages
Reviewed on 05/19/2019
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Author Biography

Robert E. Kearns was born in Dublin in 1971. An Irish native, he upped sticks and moved to Houston in 1995 where he stayed for nine years. Robert believes that the experience of living abroad has made a huge contribution to his writing. It matured him as a person and provided him with a unique perspective on life in different parts of the world; thus aiding his storytelling.
He’s been back in Dublin since 2004 and started composing his debut novel in 2017. Hy Brasil, Island of Eternity was released in January of this year. It’s based in part on the mythical island of Hy Brasil, which is Ireland’s answer to Atlantis. It was said to have existed off Ireland’s west coast and appeared on the maps of medieval cartographers.
Hy Brasil is a work of literature with plenty of mystery and suspense thrown in for good measure. It focuses on the subjects of Irish history versus its modern day equivalent and does so with the tools of Gothic fiction and high adventure.
‘I wrote Hy Brasil, Island of Eternity after reading about it in a newspaper article a few years ago’, said Robert. ‘It hit me straightaway Hy Brasil would make a great subject matter to exercise the imagination. I set about jotting down the plot then began tapping it out on the keyboard.’

Robert is busy completing his second novel which is based in Texas.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Hy Brasil: Island of Eternity is a work of literary fiction penned by author Robert E. Kearns, and it focuses on the subjects of history versus the modern day, gothic fiction and high adventure. Based on the mythical island of Hy Brasil, reputed to have existed off the west coast of Ireland in ancient times, we find ourselves exploring the connections between ancient times and the modern day of Dublin and Waterford. Archaeological discoveries in the present lead us back to Hy Brasil and its learned ways, where the advanced society is unraveling in the face of a huge disaster. The mystery unfolds in both past and present, and our heroes discover that it isn’t quite over in the modern world.

Author Robert E. Kearns has created an effortless read that was easy to breeze through and escape into, thanks to his highly vivid descriptions, beautiful narrative voice, and dark, mysterious gothic stylings. The plot is traditionally slower-paced due to the high literary quality of the book, but as it pulls the strands together and builds to its crescendo, the level of thrill shoots up and new discoveries are made on every page towards the very end of events. All in all, Hy Brasil: Island of Eternity makes for an exciting and engrossing read, with a cast of characters realistically drawn with Irish flavor and ancient power, and a fabled land that Kearns whisks us away to on a sea of excellent words. Overall, Hy Brasil is a highly recommended read for fans of historical and mythical literary works.

Book Reader

Enjoyed this book. A good read for those of you interested in Irish Literature


Beautiful prose. Very much enjoyed it.