Thursday, March 02, 2006

The Greener Shore : A Novel of the Druids of Hibernia by Morgan Llywelyn

"After Julius Caesar triumphs over Gaul, the druid Ainvar and his three wives sail west, steering clear of Roman-occupied Albion, to the brilliant green island of Hibernia (so-called because a Roman expedition mistakenly assumed 'winter lasted all year' there). Soon after landing, Ainvar encounters the T?atha D?Danann, the diminutive original folk of Eriu (the island's Gaelic name). The T?atha D?Danann, who usually are invisible to people, ask only to be remembered. Ainvar is distraught when they no longer appear, but is comforted to learn from a bewildered warrior that the T?atha D?Danann once unexpectedly revealed themselves to him. Later, Ainvar briefly inhabits a wolf's body and hears the piercing scream of the death-predicting banshee."

Scheduled for release: May 2006
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