A book review by Sky Ladywolf
Well for those of you who want a little light reading with a magickal flair, I highly recommend the book Goddess of Eire. Just enough romance to keep the love story going and enough masculine challenges and magickal influence to entertain either sex. In the back of the book is the pronunciation for all the Gaelic words and facts.
For centuries, Eriu, goddess of Ireland, had spent one night only with the Ard Ri, the high king "elect", to confirm him in his office. After that night, they parted, never to see one another again, but for Parlan, the newest Ard Ri, that is not enough. No other woman will now do for him, and his defiance brings a curse upon the land. To break the curse and atone for his pride, Parlan must go on a quest to retrieve four sacred artifacts that will allow him to face the Black Dragon with a prayer of winning. Eriu herself chooses to help him, for not only has she lost her heart to the proud king but if he fails, the land of men, she is sworn to protect, will also die.
This is part of a series that I am going to search the half-price book stores for the rest. Her Celtic Journey series also contains the following:
Sister of the Moon - This story is set against the ancient pagan festival of Samhain
Spirit of the Mist – Is about a young woman of ancient Ireland who must only marry a king or loose her magick.
Keeper of the Light – Is about Rioghan who is a healer and mistress of magick living alone in a forest cave among the Sidhe, the Little People of ancient Eire.
Maiden of the Winds – Is about Keavy, a beautiful young woman of ancient Eire who has never forgotten her magical encounter years before with a magnificent golden eagle -- an eagle which, she is convinced, was actually a man with the legendary ability to take the form of a bird.
Daughter of Gold - Is about Niamh (neev), a beautiful young woman traveling with her simple farm family to the Lughnasa Fair, the great summer gathering of five kingdoms.
Other books by the same author with a magickal theme are:
|MISTRESS OF THE WATERS, a time-travel romance which takes on the ancient and powerful ritual of life and fertility called Beltane|
|QUEEN OF THE SUN, a time-travel romance, takes as its setting the very magical occurrences surrounding the celebration of the Summer Solstice|
|LADY OF FIRE, a time-travel romance, involves a Celtic celebration of early spring called Imbolc -- a celebration which happens to fall on the same date as the heroine's birthday.|