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I grew up on a Greek island with only my books, my sister, a dog and a donkey for company. I was always reading, often with three or four books on the go at once. I first read Watership Down when I was nine years old. As a child, my favourite book was Tristan and Iseult by Rosemary Sutcliffe, I loved the illustrations by Victor Ambrus, too. I then made the leap into Fantasy with the Belgarion series by David Eddings, and never looked back.
I began writing my first novel at the age of fourteen. I never finished it, but it lurks hopefully in the bottom of my desk, patiently awaiting the day when I bring it back to life.
Now, I am a wife, mother, and owner of Ireland's most lunatic labradoodle. I am fortunate to live in beautiful rural Ireland, but must confess to the occasional Greek escape to enjoy a little Mediteranean sun and cuisine.
I was inspired to write 'The Four Treasures of Eirean' by my daughter, Carys. Like Conor, she cannot walk or talk, but I am convinced she can understand far more than she is able to indicate to us.
I also wanted to share with others Ireland's many astounding ancient sites, and the characters and legends associated with them. I am currently working on 'The Fenian King', Book 2 in The Tir na Nog trilogy, and the final book is called 'The Three Waves of Eirean'.
on Nov. 21, 2013 :
The Tuatha De Danaan will be familiar to anyone who has read any Irish folklore at all, but here they are brought to life against a backdrop of both ancient and modern history, with a healthy dose of mythology to stretch the reader's ability to suspend disbelief.
A boy confined to a wheel chair is abducted by the Sidhe and taught lessons about the power of personal belief. It is a heart warming story with excitement and an engaging writing style that kept me reading on my first session until somehow a hundred pages of the book had gone by.
The story is rich in magical imagery and references to Irish folklore that will often sound familiar, yet is detailed enough to send an old scholar like me to looking up references. The adventures that young Conor is forced to endure teach him valuable lessons about believing in himself and stretching his abilities to reach his greatest potential, yet also acknowledge the limitations inherent in living with a broken body.
While the tale is pure fantasy, the backdrop of familiar legend adds a feeling of reality to the adventure that teases the imagination. The last few chapters deliver plenty of action in the manner of a heroic tale, leading to a conclusion that satisfies the need for a plausible resolution.
I find myself curious about what to expect from the further adventures of Conor among the Sidhe in the rest of the series to come.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)