Child Of Awe

Child Of Awe

by Kathryn Lynn Davis

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"The lyricism of Davis's exquisite prose sweeps the reader into the story, where she beautifully portrays a heroine who begins with the fragile heart of a child in a world she cannot comprehend, but grows to become a strong, compassionate woman. CHILD OF AWE is a story for every woman."-- Jill Barnett, New York Times Bestselling Author

From the moment of her birth, Muriella Calder is heiress to a great fortune many Highland clans desire to make their own. Touched by The Sight, she struggles to understand herself, while fighting those who threaten her world: the violent clans who relish war; her cunning guardian, Archibald Campbell, the powerful Earl of Argyll--callously ambitious, and bound by loyalty to the Crown; John Campbell, the Earl's second son--a strong, experienced warrior on the battlefield--who cannot begin to understand the mysterious woman he is forced to wed; and Elizabeth Campbell Maclean, a gentle woman whose heart is forfeit in a treaty with a man her father hates.

Completely captivating, Child of Awe carries the reader from the wild beauty of mist-shrouded glens to the horrors of war, from the hatred of ancient feuds to the wonder of new love: enchanting us, heart and soul, with the seamless skill of a genuine storyteller.

"A sweeping saga of 16th Century Scotland, and a tale that lingers long after you read the last page." –Ciji Ware, author of Island of the Swans

"Fascinating. Wonderful characters, hauntingly evocative of time and place."
–Roberta Gellis, New York Times Bestselling author

"CHILD OF AWE is a novel that surpasses the bounds of romantic fantasy and [places] it in the realm of great historical fiction." –Affaire de Coeur

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148545828
Publisher: Kathryn Lynn Davis
Publication date: 09/24/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

I wrote my first two novels (85 pages each) in the 8th grade. I vividly remember sitting in history class watching a friend read one of those novels while tears streamed down her cheeks. I knew then exactly what I wanted to do with my life: I wanted to move people with my words.

With a BA in Literature and History and an MA in History, I have published eight historical novels, the first of which, THE DAKOTAS: AT THE WIND'S EDGE, received nationwide attention when it was banned in Medora, North Dakota, the town where it is set. My fifth novel, TOO DEEP FOR TEARS, rose to #5 in its seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. But that was a long time ago (1990).

I have lectured and taught all over the country, and I do creativity workshops in the public schools in an effort to promote literacy by encouraging students to read, write and dream. I recently completed a tour of Ireland; I was invited to read at the James Joyce Cultural Centre in Dublin, and I spoke to students at Sullivan Upper School in Belfast for their Bi-centenary celebration. I also judged their yearly poetry contest. A recently retired government official wrote an article praising the combination of events which brought together a Protestant Northern Irish literary group with an author who had thoroughly studied and talked freely about ancient Celtic and Irish traditions, leading to an uninhibited exchange of ideas.

Now I'm ready to publish my books as e-books, to open my soul to readers once more. On September 25, the first novel I ever wrote (as an adult), Child of Awe, will go live on Kindle. Written many years ago, this is a story that has come back to haunt me again and again. It is a re-written and re-edited version of the British edition, so it's grown since it was first published. I'm very excited to bring it to life again, and I hope it will find its way home to my readers' hearts.

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Child of Awe 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was well written and the story was wonderful. I have read many different stories set in Scotland and while each was good in its own way, this one was truly different and very engaging. I can't wait to travel to Scotland one day and view all the beautiful places that are written about here. Definitely a re-read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A heady mixture of history, romance and the magic of Second Sight. Set in 16th Century Scotland, Muriella Calder, at a very young age, inherits her father's estate, leaving her the target of both her father's and her mother's clans as well as the powerful Campbell clan, whose leader, the Earl of Argyle, has been proclaimed her guardian. The Earl leaves her with her mother's family until she's old enough to wed, at which time he steals her away to become the bride of his second son, John, ensuring her fortune and lands will come to the Campbell clan. Muriella has the Second Sigh, for which she is both feared and revered by her husband's family. Her visions are terrifying and difficult for her to interpret, and they lead her to seek the counsel and understanding of a gypsy leader. Muriella's visions are an obstacle to trusting and falling in love with her husband for in the battle-filled world she inhabits, she can't afford to love and lose again. The castle and scenery of Scotland are flawlessly depicted and the reader is drawn, with bated breath, into a world of danger, intrigue and adventure. Katherine Lynn Davis' story is an intriguing mix of historical facts, long ago battles brought vividly to life, the passion of a time where life and death inter-mingle, and where love finds a way through honor, trust, strength of will and a leap of faith. The Child of Awe holds the magic of another age and time, but the story rings as true today as it would have long ago. I loved it!
jshillingford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I bought this book on impulse for twenty-five cents at a discount book store. It was sitting on the counter when I checked out. I had no clue what to expect from it, but it turned out to be a fantastic historical fiction novel, with a light romantic element. The story is set in the Scottish Highlands about the 14th century. Muriella Calder is the heir to vast properties when her father dies shortly after her birth. She becomes a pawn as different factions seek to control her inheritance. There is a lot of political intrigue, a few sex scenes and very well developed characters. A surprising delight.
Misfit on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Child of Awe is the story of Muriella Calder whose father left her at a very young age as heiress to his large estates, much to the chagrin of the rest of the Calder and Rose clans. Muriella's guardianship was given to the powerful Earl of Argyll and he eventually takes her away from her mother's family (the Rose clan) by force with plans to wed her to his younger son John, who is not thrilled with his father's choice for his bride. Muriella was also born with "the sight" and is haunted by visions of the future that cause her much angst in her relationships with her new husband and family. The story carries on through multiple clashes between the warring clans, along with John and his older brother and their sister Elizabeth who was wed to one of Argyll's great enemies, as Muriella struggles against her visions and comes to know the one great love of her life. This is not your standard romance where the H&H are drying to jump each other's bones from their first glance and there were many times I wasn't sure who she was going to end up with, as the first few years of her marriage had gotten off to such a rocky start. Although this book is billed as historical romance, the author's notes at the end of the book state that Muriella and John along with their clans did exist in early 16C (early 1500's) Scotland, so I have to agree with another reviewer who stated that this is a tough toss up between calling it historical fiction instead of romance. Not the best in the genre (that's still Outlander), but far from the worst either.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*A wonderful read with many twists and turns...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An Amazing and Memorable Book By the circumstances of her birth, Muriella Calder is heiress to a great estate and considerable fortune. By order of the king, the child is put under the protection of the Earl of Argyll, who leaves her with her mother until it becomes clear that her mother’s family can no longer protect her from the Calder family who want the child out of the way so they can reclaim the estate. Barely ahead of the Calder forces, the earl’s son rides away with the girl while the earl’s brother holds off the Calders and buys them time to escape at the cost of his life. The earl plans to marry the girl to his second son. The book is more historical novel than romance, especially the first half, which focuses more on Muriella’s adaptation to her new home, new family, and the political maneuverings of the fifteenth century Scottish setting. Later in the story, the relationship between Muriella and John develops in subtle, richly rewarding fashion. A finely drawn variety of secondary characters add further depth to a well-told story. Based on actual people from Scotland’s history, the author does a wonderful job of bringing the period and the people, to life.
lindamarie01 More than 1 year ago
An Excellent well written book with a different type of story line which was captivating,  I couldn't put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book made a special place for me. Right after I finished reading this wonderful book, my future husband came into my life and he is a Campbell and decendent of the Campbell's of Argyll. So, I already knew a bit about his family. Something that I find fascinating. Now, I am too a Campbell!