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The Hounds of Ardagh

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Ginny Ni Cooley never desired more than the simple life she had. Living in Tamhasg Wood, she used her magic to occasionally assist the folk of Conorscroft while putting up with the machinations of the ghost of her former mentor, Manus MacGreeley. But her peace is shattered one night with the arrival of a lad fleeing a pack of red-gold hounds led by a hound-shaped demon known as Nidubh.

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Ginny Ni Cooley never desired more than the simple life she had. Living in Tamhasg Wood, she used her magic to occasionally assist the folk of Conorscroft while putting up with the machinations of the ghost of her former mentor, Manus MacGreeley. But her peace is shattered one night with the arrival of a lad fleeing a pack of red-gold hounds led by a hound-shaped demon known as Nidubh.

So much for peace and solitude. By rescuing Fafne MacArdagh, Ginny becomes wrapped in the fabric of an intrigue involving a family feud, a traitorous son and a bloodmage named Edain who is determined to keep her soul. It was she who cast the spell on Fafne's family and household, and transformed the MacArdaghs into hounds. Ginny gives Fafne her word to take him to Caer Keltora so they can report the matter to the Council of Mageborn. But Edain is determined to keep her secret and her soul intact, and moves to thwart Ginny at every turn.

For Ginny Ni Cooley, who has faced many bogies, dealing with a demon, a bloodmage and the Dark Lord of Annwn, will be no easy task. But she will do what she must to undo Edain's spells. If not, Manus' soul will become part of the Arawn's Cauldron of Doom. Ginny will become a feast for a demon, and poor Fafne will join the Hounds of Ardagh for all eternity.
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Mageborn Ginny Ni Cooley lives a simple life in Tamhasg Wood, using her magic for the good of the people living nearby and listening to the wisdom of her ghostly mentor, the late wizard Manus MacGreeley. But when she rescues a young man fleeing a pack of hounds led by the demon-hound, Nidubh, she becomes embroiled in a power struggle between Fafne MacArdagh, the youth she rescued, and the bloodmage Lady Edain, who has entered an unholy pact with Awarn, the keeper of the Cauldron of Doom. The author of Ard Magister and Dragon's Tongue has crafted a fantasy steeped in Irish folklore and myth and peopled with likable, resourceful characters. Suitable for most fantasy and YA collections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594143762
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Pages: 251
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Spellbinding

    Mageborn Ginny Ni Cooley is content living alone in her little cottage in Tamhasg Woods as she offers her services to her neighbors. Her mentor, Manus MacGreeley, has died and come back to the world as a ghost and since he doesn¿t have a body the Mastermage cannot use magic. He needs to connect every day to cairn where is body lies to rest.. One night Ginny¿s peace is disturbed when a pack of demon hounds chase a boy with a tale and a mane of hair on his spine.---------------- The lad informs Ginny and Manus that his name is Fafne MacArdagh and his clan was celebrating turning in a traitor who plotted to overthrow the king. The next thing they know a blood mage appeared and killed everyone but Fafne who hunts this mass murderer. The blood mage was working with the traitor and cast the spell that kept the clan from testifying by turning them into hounds. This evil also has the way to give the soul of her husband, the laird of Don Elyn to the demon Annwn in exchange for deven more years of eternal youth. When the villainess steals the essence of Manus, Ginny vows to stop her though it may be too late as the malevolent mage¿s spouse committed suicide.------------------ THE HOUNDS OF ARDAGH is filled with plenty of action and magical battle scenes. The conversations between the ghost and the mageborn are loaded with repartee that hides their deep regard for one another. The villain is reminiscent of Snow White¿s evil stepmother while the heroine is a loyal courageous person willing to risk her life for those she cherishes. Hopefully Laura J. Underwood provides future fantasy epics in Tamhasg Woods.------------ Harriet Klausner

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