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Dark Birthright
     

Dark Birthright

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by Jeanne Treat, Jane Starr Weils (Illustrator)
 

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Dark Birthright is book one in the Dark Birthright Saga. It's 1619 in Scotland. A child born of mysterious parentage is given to fisher folk to raise as their son. Dughall grows up in a family bound by honor, becomes a healer, and displays psychic abilities. His life is torn apart when he's claimed by his real father, a cruel and powerful lord who tries to mold him in

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Dark Birthright is book one in the Dark Birthright Saga. It's 1619 in Scotland. A child born of mysterious parentage is given to fisher folk to raise as their son. Dughall grows up in a family bound by honor, becomes a healer, and displays psychic abilities. His life is torn apart when he's claimed by his real father, a cruel and powerful lord who tries to mold him in his image. Dughall must define himself, in the midst of a struggle between a Duke, an Earl, and the family who wants him back. All the while, he's determined to marry the girl he left behind, a woodland lass with eyes as green as a peacock's feather.

Editorial Reviews

Becky Dodge
Once I started, I could not put it down. It has many different facets, not only the history but also legend, myth, and a touch of ancient Celtic beliefs, characters that really seem to be from that period, family intrigues and the mystery of how the relationships developed to create the personalities of the principal characters. One becomes a part of this book quickly and it is a very good read! I highly recommend this book.
Sylvia Cochran
If you love the stories that take place in the mists of the Highlands, you will treasure this historical novel, and you will quickly fall in step with the characters that struggle and strive to eek out a corner in life for themselves and their loved ones. The writing is done beautifully, and Mrs. Treat is able to capture the lyric undertones that make up the melody of life in those days. This book is highly recommended!
JJamesie Johnston
Dark Birthright is an amazing read. For me Blackheart was the best damn character, a cruel and powerful man who saw what he wanted and took it.....with style! As I ventured further into the book, I found myself submerged deep in Scotland’s mysterious past, a past wrought with witchcraft, romance, desire and violence and I must admit I loved every minute of it! I do believe that Dark Birthright gives the reader an insight into what 17th century Scotland would have been like.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466469334
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
10/01/2006
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Jeanne Treat is the great-granddaughter of a Native American medicine woman. She also has ancestry from Scotland, England, and France. To research her books, she traveled to Scotland to visit castles, seaports, and stone circles, and talk to historians. To make it authentic, she investigated ancient earth-based spiritual traditions and healing arts.

Ms Treat has published in local and regional newspapers, anthologies, and magazines. She has spoken on diverse topics including Spirit Guides and Totem Animals, The Law of Attraction, and Chaos Theory and the Butterfly Effect. She lives with her husband Robert and two Scottish terriers, Maggie and Duff.

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Dark Birthright 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book on a Facebook ad of all places. I'm a fan of Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" series, and this book was not a disapointment. Although short and sometimes lacking new literary descriptions... it is a good read (one day for me) with a promising sequel and characters that capture the heart.
kat_pansy More than 1 year ago
If you like Scottish highlander books this is a great read.
Barbara_Chhay More than 1 year ago
From page one, I was pulled into this story. Ms. Treat has created characters that I came to care about as I got to know them. I am a lover of all genres of fiction, but I have a soft spot for stories that delve into the folklore of Ireland and Scotland, in particular. This book caught my eye because it was set in the rich tapestry of Scotland's past. A time of magic and mystery, in a place where the romance of the land is as much a part of the story as the relationships between the characters. Dughall is the consummate hero, and Blackheart an interesting villain. I saw him as unsympathetic to the plight of others. He took what he wanted and didn't care who was hurt in the process. Dughall, however, remained true to himself and even in his darkest moments, did not allow himself to become what Blackheart would make him. The thread of love and loyalty, and the relationships that are central to the plot, pulled me deep into the story and kept me there to the end, hoping that all would be righted. It is a story of innocence, of relationships, and of facing your fears, set amidst the untamed romance of Scotland. You feel that when you read it – that the story is as much about the very lifeblood that flows through rock and soil as naturally as the heather that grows wild over the hills and fields. It is the clash of those who wish to tame the wildness of that land and its people, with the fierce hearts of a people who refuse to be tamed. The heart of Scotland spoke to me when I read this book, and I hope it will speak to you, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice quick fun read
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book!! It held my interest all the way through!! I didn't want it to end!! I can't wait until the second book is published!! Dughall was so caring to everyone while his biological father was a madman!! And, sweet Kiera!! The love and compassion she has is overwhelming. I thought the Author put her characters together beautifully! Please get the second book out soon!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so outstanding, you can not put it down. You will be in Scotland, the characters will become part of your mind body and soul and you will be sad to see it end and wait in anticipation of the sequel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Medieval Scotland: Dughall is born and his poor mother, who had been severely mistreated, perishes. He is given to the Hays, who shower him with love, giving him the foundation to be a good and honest man. Dughall and his brother Ian Hay share the same birthday of Oct. 31st, the day of the dead. They have the sight and can sense each other¿s pain and pleasures. Doughall also has a connection with Keira, a pagan priestess. They dream of each other and hope to marry one day. For a while, everything is wonderful at the seaside village of Whinnyfold, until Dughall¿s real father shows up to bring him home to Huntly. At the castle: The Earl of Huntly gives a new name to the word evil. He is cruel and deals out punishment sometimes without reason. Dughall tries to understand his father, but there seems to be no pleasing the man. There¿s Kate, the Earl¿s mistress who has her own agenda and Fang, who takes great pleasure in torturing people. Dughall does find friendship with Murdock, who is assigned to protect him. He realizes there is more to his brother Gilbert than meets the eye and he meets his mother¿s father, the Duke of Drake. He is a kind man who would like to take Dughall away from the Earl, but law states he cannot interfere. As the story unfolds, the reader will find out how the characters shape each others lives and their futures. Ms. Treat has captured the life of medieval Scotland with clear and vivid prose. You¿ll enter a world where you can almost feel the spray from the sea, the warmth from the peat fires and the love as you enter the homes of the seafaring people of Whinnyfold. She shows how a noble may rule with grace and understanding or with unforgiving bitterness. She¿ll take you to the stone circle to honor the goddess with pagan rituals and celebrations. She touches on the healing powers of herbs, and the medieval superstitions concerning these rites. The relationships are believable whether there¿s love, loyalty or vengefulness. This is definitely a tale for everyone. It is rich with history, myths, magic, and the paranormal. Characters you¿ll fall in love with and those who you may actually hate.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dark Birthright delivers a heart-rending tale of love and survival amidst the greatest odds. Wonderful...Inspirational...Unforgettable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love reading about Dughall and his family. There is romance, intrigue, action, and an adventure in this story of a young man finding his own way in the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! I was drawn into it almost immediately. You don't have to be interested in Scotland to enjoy this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I read a lot, some books just can't hold my attention or they become a chore to finish. Dark Birthright is not one of those books! From the minute I started reading it I didn't want to stop. The imagery was vivid, yet it didn't slow me down. I could see the small fishing boats, smell the salt air, hear the whispers, and feel the chill in the air. I fell in love with (some of) the characters and felt like I was living among them. Reading the book evoked a lot of different emotions and I found my heart pounding during some of the scenes. This book is exciting, fast paced, mysterious, and ends with you wanting more. I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dark Birthright is, in its essence, a story about families. The family of protagonists, the Hays - Alex, Jessie, Maggie, Ian and Dughall, is a loving family, simple, devout, devoted to service. The family of antagonists, the Earl of Huntly and his son Gilbert Gordon, is not so simple. Powerful, landed, ruthless, they still exhibit very human frailties and invite compassion rather than total disdain. The characters that orbit these two families and shape their lives and futures are well drawn and likeable, even lovable. The ¿main man¿, the Duke - the Lord James Drake, trying to retrieve family from the vicious suffering caused by the Earl, is a crusty, principled & likeable old man. Orbiting characters such as the lovely and goodhearted Keira, the pagan priestess, Kate, the rotten, sensual mistress, Fang, the disgusting torture master, and Jamieson and Murdock, the charismatic, likeable ¿deputies¿ of the Drake and Gordon families are clearly painted and easy to understand. The author has the gift of providing differing voices for her characters. The Hays, uncomplicated folks, speak in uncomplicated voices. The nobility, while perhaps not properly noble, reflect their upbringing, education and world view in their own more complex voices. With each character, simple or not, the heart of all matters and focus of thought and action always comes back to family. Of further note, the illustrations in this book are exquisite. Kudos to Jane Star for excellent evocative work. Dark Birthright is easy to recommend to the lovers of historical fiction with a moral focus.