The Swan Maiden

The Swan Maiden

Paperback - 2009
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In this lush, romantic retelling of one of the most enduring Irish legends, acclaimed Celtic historical author Jules Watson reignites the tale of Deirdre--the Irish Helen of Troy--in a story that is at once magical, beautiful, and tragic.

She was born with a blessing and a curse: that she would grow into a woman of extraordinary beauty--and bring ruin to the kingdom of Ulster and its ruler, the wily Conor. Ignoring the pleadings of his druid to expel the infant, King Conor secrets the girl child with a poor couple in his province, where no man can covet her. There, under the tutelage of a shamaness, Deirdre comes of age in nature and magic.... And in the season of her awakening, the king is inexorably drawn to her impossible beauty.

But for Deirdre, her fate as a man's possession is worse than death. And soon the green-eyed girl, at home in waterfall and woods, finds herself at the side of three rebellious young warriors. Among them is the handsome Naisi. His heart charged with bitterness toward the aging king, and growing in love for the defiant girl, Naisi will lead Deirdre far from Ulster--and into a war of wits, swords, and spirit that will take a lifetime to wage.

Brimming with life and its lusts, here is a soaring tale of enchantment and eternal passions--and of a woman who became legend.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Spectra, c2009.
ISBN: 9780553384642
Branch Call Number: FIC Watso
Characteristics: 540 p.


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Dec 22, 2011

this book was an overall good read, although some parts i felt moved really slow...and seeing as how its based on celtic legend and therefore the ending is known beforehand, no real surprises.

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