In the tradition of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon , Ellen Evert Hopman weaves Druid history and spirituality into an engaging love story. This Bardic teaching tale is set in a fictional third-century Ireland when Christianity is sweeping across the Celtic Isles. During this time of crisis, love blooms between Ethne, a Druid healer, and her patient, a Fennid warrior. Their passionate affair suffers a tragic blow when Ethne is called upon to become the high queen.
Told from the Druid perspective, Hopman recreates the daily life, magical practices, politics, and spiritual lives of the ancient Celts during this historic turning point. Druid holy days, rites, rituals, herbal lore, and more are brought to life in this Celtic fantasyilluminating Druidic teachings and cultural wisdom.
About the Author
Ellen Evert Hopman (Massachusetts) has contributed to several Pagan journals and is a popular author of Druidry-related titles. A former teacher at the Grey School of Wizardry, Hopman has been active in American Druidism since 1984. She is a member of the Grey Council of Mages and Sages, co-founder and former co-chief of the Order of the Whiteoak (Ord na Darach Gile), a master herbalist, and a registered herbalist of the American Herbalists Guild.
Visit her online at www.elleneverthopman.com or at http://witchesandpagans.com/Herbalist-s-Path/Blogger/Listings/ellen-evert-hopman.html.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Writing from her long experience and intuitive wisdom as druid and herbalist, Ms. Hopman informs both our minds and hearts in this vivid story of life in Druidic Ireland and its often troubled transition to Roman Christianity. It is a lovely story, beautifully written and full of magic, in every sense. It left me with a feeling of profound sadness for what humanity has lost and for the destruction that theologies and ideologies have wrought on our Mother and the human spirit. How might it have been different if only......?
There was no way I could fall asleep until I finished this book. The visual richness pulls you right in. I feel like I had the experience having read it, almost like a memory. I could see images so clearly and really felt as though I was there. At several points, I was yelling at the book, the highs and the lows are SO intense and very, very real for a time and place long gone. It is so masterfully crafted as a story but also in knowing that so much truth and wisdom was woven within, I felt the importance and relevance of this tale. It must be told. And I didn't want it to end.