A warrior-in-training can control the minds of animals.
His sister can see the future in a drop of water.
Now they are all that stand between their people and the invading English army.
Hyw’s gift—seeing through the eyes of birds and animals—could win him a place in the Prince of Wales’ bodyguard. But ambush and murder force Hyw to stretch his gift in unexpected ways. When the prince tries to use Hyw to spy on the invading English, they clash with old friends and ruthless enemies. Hyw’s sister Catrin sees visions of death and disaster. The young nobleman she’s pledged to marry thinks his love endangers her gift. But they must work together to prevent the genocide she foresees.
Can the gifts be trusted? Will Hyw master his in time? Or will their world shatter around them?
A medieval fantasy that combines magic, mythology, and historical legends with the realities of a world at war.
What are reviewers and readers saying?
"Spell-binding, riveting… alive with character, conflict and action…” CM Janz
“History and magic, blended together…” Gabriele Goldstone (Author, The Kulak's Daughter)
"Folklore, history, adventure, romance – Spirit Sight has it all.” Sharon Plumb (Author, Draco’s Child)
"Spirit Sight is an imaginative novel that makes clever use of medieval Welsh history and legend. Young readers will be drawn to the magic powers of Hyw and Cat, transporting them back to a tense and pivotal moment in the history of the United Kingdom, when the last Welsh princes faced down the mighty English army. Readable and well-researched." Daniele Cybulskie (Author, Life in Medieval Europe)
"Marie Powell cleverly explores the possibility of a “gift of seeing” and has written an intriguing, enjoyable historical fantasy." Marion Mutala (Author, My Dearest Dido)
"A great historical fantasy read! Powell did a great job giving the characters personalities and identities, so I didn't need to flip back to figure out who was who and who was related to who. The names, though Welsh, were not a problem in the slightest. Back to the characters, the author did a wonderful job bringing them to life. The chapters alternated between a pair of siblings and I enjoyed this style, probably because I liked both of the characters and was invested in what was happening to both of them. The magic blended well with the historical aspects of the story which had a nice pace and with short chapters, sped along and kept me interested. I would recommend it to readers who enjoy YA fantasy or historical fiction with a side of fantastical." Meri Greenleaf
"SPIRIT SIGHT grabs the reader right from the first page. I was quickly immersed in the language and culture of 1282 Wales, with finely drawn characters who have intriguing magical gifts that develop through the narrative. Powell knows the country of Wales extremely well. She is a master storyteller. SPIRIT SIGHT is a not-to-be-missed historical fantasy for all ages to enjoy." Diane Reid Stevens
About the Author
Marie is the author of more than 40 children's books with such traditional publishers as Amicus, Scholastic Education, Crabtree, and Lerner/Lightning Bolt.
Her award-winning short stories and poetry appear in such literary magazines as Sunlight Press, subTerrain, and Room.
She holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, as well as a Master of Arts (MA), Bachelor of Journalism and Communications (BAJC), and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA).
An engaging speaker, she gives popular writing workshops across the region. Marie lives on Treaty 4 land in Regina, Saskatchewan, where she also works as an editor and researcher, and teaches Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Find her at: mariepowell.ca.
Table of Contents
Water Sight - Book Two - Last of the Gifted - Chapter 1