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The Ballad of Tam Lin [NOOK Book]

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I forbid you maidens all
who wear gold in your hair
to travel to Carterhaugh
for young Tam Lin is there

Scotland, 1323

When 18-year-old Janet Douglas is given Carterhaugh Forest and its surrounding property as a gift from her father, she is thrilled to become the ...
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Overview

I forbid you maidens all
who wear gold in your hair
to travel to Carterhaugh
for young Tam Lin is there

Scotland, 1323

When 18-year-old Janet Douglas is given Carterhaugh Forest and its surrounding property as a gift from her father, she is thrilled to become the guardian of such an ancient and sacred place. But Janet soon finds that she has an otherworldly rival for her role as protector of Carterhaugh. An elfin knight by the strange name of Tam Lin haunts her forest, and extracts a heavy price from any unwary maiden who might wander there and cut the legendary roses. After her best friend returns from a terrifying encounter with Tam Lin, brave Janet sets out to confront the mysterious and malevolent knight. She cuts the sacred roses to goad him into appearing, but soon finds herself ensnared by the laws of the fairy kingdom. Her transgression is such that Tam Lin demands the ultimate penalty from a noble maiden: her virginity.
As Janet prepares for her fate, she discovers that there is a darker force behind Tam Lin’s actions: he is in service to the ruthless and omnipotent Fairy Queen, who demands a severe price of her own. It is told that every seven years she is required to pay a tithe to Hell, a human sacrifice, and the seventh year anniversary is rapidly approaching. In order to save everything she holds dear, Janet will have to go to battle with the spellbinding and terrifying queen on Halloween night. Tam Lin prepares her for the ordeal – but can he be trusted?
The trials Janet endures at the hands of the Fairy Queen are rich in symbolism and steeped in the wisdom of the Celts. For this is no mere fairy tale, no simplistic story of dark and light, wicked queen and maiden fair. This is a complex and sensual exploration of feminine power in all of its aspects, with some unexpected twists.
The Ballad of Tam Lin is a novella based on an ancient folksong from the Scottish Borders. It is the first in Kathleen McGowan’s series, Legends of the Divine Feminine. A non-fiction analysis of the ballad, its origins, and its exquisite preservation of ancient wisdom teachings follows the fiction along with the author’s notes on her years of research into the story and locations.
The Ballad of Tam Lin is a profound spiritual and esoteric fable, an illustration of the power of the divine feminine in its multiple guises unlike any other.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623097752
  • Publisher: BookBaby
  • Publication date: 8/22/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 180
  • Sales rank: 155,901
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Kathleen McGowan
Kathleen McGowan
Kathleen McGowan is an internationally published writer whose work has appeared on five continents and in at least fifteen languages. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three sons. You can visit her website at www.theexpectedone.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Nice novella, very well written, and romantic, I liked it very m

    Nice novella, very well written, and romantic, I liked it very much. Kathleen McGowan has talent as a story teller and the novella is good read for sure, sense of magical world and romance captured very well. It has strong heroines, very emotional.

    The rest which is almost 70 pages is writer's research and personal experiences. This part unnecessary takes away from freshens of the story, it is too long. No too bad, but I felt some information could do better on a blog, and some would do well as attachment to the novella, like for ex. photos of locations and descriptions. Maybe reading the novella first, later the research story after few days is a good idea.

    The story is a very good read, and inspired me to browse for other versions of Tam Lin story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2012

    Another beautiful story by Kathleen McGowan! Ever since I read h

    Another beautiful story by Kathleen McGowan! Ever since I read her first book, The Expected One, I look forward with anticipation to read what she has written next! The Ballad of Tam Lin is no exception! Kathleen has a beautiful ability to take me into another world from the first word. Her images, conversations and descriptions of both the internal world of the character and the external environment magically weave together and create a powerful invitation for me to enter into another world, another character and walk where she is walking, feel what she is feeling, and want what she wants. She brings characters to life in a very intimate, real way, and makes them accessible and alive for us as readers.

    I love that this ebook is one in the series, Legends of the Divine Feminine. What Kathleen does with seeming effortlessness is un-earth these feminine legends and offer them to us so that we can remember the legends that are part of our lineage and history. For me, I experience an "ah, yes. I know this story. I remember." whenever I read Kathleen's works. I also appreciate that I get to experience an expression of the divine feminine in a very personal and real way. This invites me to connect with, know and accept those qualities and expressions within myself. I wonder if this is true for many of her readers...we are invited to ask, "who am I as an expression and embodiment of the Divine Feminine and what is my ballad, my life's story?"

    I invite you to give yourself a quiet couple of hours, make yourself a cup of Earl Gray, made with the bergamot that Janet drinks as she prepares for her battle with the fairy realm. As Millicent points out, it is "a natural repellant to the dark side of fairy magic. The magic cannot stick to you when you are well infused with bergamot." I laughed with delight as I realized that my favorite tea is named after Thomas Gray, the true love of our heroine, Janet. As I am on my own personal heroine's journey, I too get to receive the benefits of the herb. As you sip your tea with your Nook, slip into the worlds of 14th century Scotland and totally enjoy the unfolding of the Ballad of Tam Lin, and the beauty and power of the divine feminine being revealed to you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2012

    At a time when hungry readers and movie goers are left malnouris

    At a time when hungry readers and movie goers are left malnourished by
    the recent onslaught of dimensionless mythical literary fare, Kathleen
    McGowan serves up a rich and lavishly cultivated feast in The Ballad Of
    Tam Lin. From page 1, I was wholly transported to the misty borderlands
    of 14th Century Scotland, where the line between waking and sleeping is
    finest, and surely ANYTHING can happen. Seemingly with golden thread,
    Kathleen masterfully weaves a tale of Love and Destiny. While, for the
    most part, the story lovingly follows the tradition of the ancient
    ballad, Kathleen (boldly following her instincts) stretches the reader
    to a new and deeper understanding of the tale and it's characters.
    Heady and provocative, this is storytelling at it's finest. Still
    reeling, hours after finishing the novella, I realized I needed time to
    bathe in and digest the message of tale. (So I recommend waiting a spell
    before diving into the Author's Notes.) Once the mist of the tale had
    cleared a bit, I was ready to continue. Written with a completely
    different energy, the Author's notes read like a master class in
    European Folklore. In them, Kathleen takes us through the history of her
    research and personal experiences. Most importantly, I was left with a
    deeper understanding of her intention - and the purpose of her work on a
    contemporary and profoundly philosophical level. Dinnae think about any
    longer, click Buy Now, now! You can thank me later.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Great Story!

    I remember reading this folk tale when I was a little girl. It eas always a favorite. Kathleen McGowan penned a wonderful retelling. I enjoyed it very much.

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  • Posted August 30, 2012

    A Fabulous Fairy Tale About the Power of Love

    The Ballad of Tam Lin is a wonderful story about the power of love. Janet the heroine of the story is fearless and a wonderful roll model for girls of all ages. Kathleen McGowan's first book in her new series is a must read and an exciting addition to literature that celebrates the accomplishments of women. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2012

    Brilliant!! I shivered, had moments of pure joy, heartache and l

    Brilliant!! I shivered, had moments of pure joy, heartache and love - in
    short, McGowan's writing is magic as she pulls you right into the story,
    seeing and feeling through her characters. I thoroughly enjoyed
    McGowan's inclusion of photos, research and her own experiences. This is
    a tale that I will delight in telling my children.

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    Posted April 5, 2013

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