The Raven Girl

The Raven Girl

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by Kathy Cecala
     
 

Ireland 1488: An unusual young woman washes ashore on a remote Connemarra isle. Astonished by her golden skin and raven-black hair, the primitive islanders believe her to be a dark spirit or possibly even a mermaid or selkie, and set out to capture her. Resourceful and intelligent, the girl--called Marra, or mhara, by the islanders--manages to elude her pursuers,… See more details below

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Ireland 1488: An unusual young woman washes ashore on a remote Connemarra isle. Astonished by her golden skin and raven-black hair, the primitive islanders believe her to be a dark spirit or possibly even a mermaid or selkie, and set out to capture her. Resourceful and intelligent, the girl--called Marra, or mhara, by the islanders--manages to elude her pursuers, while struggling to understand the strange land she has been thrown into.
Meanwhile, Aedan, a young scholar from the city of Galway, journeys to the island with his mentor to investigate, but is unprepared for what will happen when he finally encounters the 'raven girl.' Her very existence will challenge his education and notions about the known world and its peoples; and the powerful love he comes to feel for her will change his life forever. But he must battle the islanders, pirates, his Spanish-born father, a fierce Irish clan and even his own Church in order to save her, against overwhelming odds. Who is she, and where is she from? Marra's tale of her own strange journey from another side of the world emerges along with Aedan's efforts to win her freedom, and her love.
The Raven Girl is a novel inspired by actual historical events and explores the clash of cultures that will emerge with the European discovery of the New World and the Americas. Though meant for history buffs of all ages--and lovers of Ireland and its culture--this book is also suitable for advanced younger readers, age 16 and up, who may be interested in a little-known era of world history. Aedan and Marra are teenagers themselves, from vastly different cultures, yet both still struggle with bewildering adult concepts such as love, morality and evil, courage and fortitude, even as they struggle to simply survive. The Raven Girl is part romance, part adventure, part history lesson--and a temporary escape from the world of the 21st century, even if human nature has not changed so much in 600 years.

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Publishers Weekly
Aedan de Adamo is a young man training to be a priest. On the nearby island of Inis Ghall, a foreign girl named Marra washes ashore. Her arrival is accompanied by an outbreak of fever on the island, and many villagers assume she's a witch. Word of the mysterious girl reaches Aedan and his mentor, Lord Fulke, both of whom decide to investigate. When Aedan finds her, he immediately falls in love, but that love is complicated by the arrival of his long-lost father, pirates, and Lord Fulke, who is determined to keep his mentee in the priesthood. Aedan stands his ground, and when Marra is falsely accused of murder, he flees with her, risking their lives and abandoning the only home and family he has ever known. Cecala's debut novel is a fascinating introduction to medieval Ireland. The romance is well suited to teen readers, who will identify with the protagonists. Aedan and Marra are earnest and endearing, and their world is well drawn. A compelling, fast-paced story. Ages 16�up.
Carl Logan
An exciting and fast-paced read, highly recommended.

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ISBN-13:
9781461066378
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
04/28/2011
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.55(d)

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