[It is just by chance, honest, that this review of - among other things - a "love story" is posted on 14th Feb.]
He prefaces the narrative with the inevitable quotation from W. B. Yeats ("a terrible beauty..."), and another from St. Patrick, while the title is apparently a mystical-religious allusion (so there are cautionary signs), and it is in romantic-nationalist and religious mode that we find the leaders of the Rising here. It may be unfair to criticise the less than justice done to Connolly's politics given that the viewpoint is Johnny's and "politics confused him". There is only a passing reference to "strikes a while back" and defence of strikers, by contrast with rather too much about "blood sacrifice", martyrdom and similar dubious notions, but this may reflect the position Connolly had reached in 1916 after defeat on the industrial front in the 1913 lock-out. The extent of popular support or lack of it for the rising is not given much attention, apart from its being "a lost cause". In another passing reference Connolly, it is said, "even believes in the equality of women", and Nora is a strong character, far from being there merely as the love interest.
According to wikipedia: