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Novels of the Scottish Highlands

Sky and sea and earth tingling with magic

Cover of The Banshee of Castle Muirn by Sheila Currie
Becoming a Banshee

The Banshee of Castle Muirn

“You will become a banshee,” said the Wise Woman. “Your people need your powers.”

Shona Campbell, the daughter of a Scottish chief, is told she must marry a Lowlander with a need for her dowry and a taste for cruelty. She could become a powerful banshee and be shunned by everyone in the glen. Or she could accept the help of a MacDonald, her clan’s traditional enemy and be shunned by every Campbell in Argyll. Must she learn the magic of the banshee to save her clan from the Lowland suitor and his soldiers? Can she suppress her strong feelings for the handsome MacDonald?

Reviews

–This book is a heady mix of historical realism, Celtic myth, and such great world building and characters that you can’t put it down.

–The Banshee of Castle Muirn plunges readers into the seventeenth century Scottish highlands. Rich in imagery, replete with feuds, magic, and forbidden romance, it is the story of Shona Campbell and Alasdair MacDonald.

–The Banshee of Castle Muirn is a romantic fantasy steeped in Celtic lore. Currie skillfully drew me into the story with a rich setting, twisting myth, legend and historical detail into a magnificent crucible for love. 

Cover of Banshee of Ben Caledon by Sheila Currie
The Journey across Scotland

The Banshee of Ben Caledon

“You will hide among the herders of Clan Donald and, if you are indeed lucky, you may reach Edinburgh to warn of treachery,” said the Wise Woman. “I saw it through the stone.”

Shona Campbell, a banshee, refuses to use her fairy powers. No slicing. No dicing. No fairy arrows for her. And especially no exploding iron. Ignorant of her abilities, Alasdair MacDonald loves her and helps her escape the Highlands. Disguised as a herd boy she trudges behind many a cow’s bum to reach Edinburgh to warn her father about a conspiracy against Charles I. But her unwanted suitor and his soldiers pursue them and, at the risk of losing Alasdair’s love, she may be forced to to use her magic powers.

Coming Soon

Witchcraft in the Scottish Highlands: Good or Bad?

Sheila CurrieFebruary 21, 20214 min read

A birlinn or galley, like Iain Garbh’s which was sunk by witchcraft–supposedly Witchcraft: Black & White Two types of witchcraft were known in medieval Scotland: white witchcraft which dealt with the art of healing and black magic which caused harm.…

Oidhche Challainn: New Year’s Eve

Oidhche Challainn: New Year’s Eve

Sheila CurrieDecember 21, 20205 min read

A mid-winter festival is celebrated over much of the northern hemisphere. We need a lift and lots of light. New Year’s Eve is the most exciting party time in Scotland, but in days past Gaelic Scotland used to celebrate quite…

A Gaelic Christmas Carol: Leanabh an Àigh

A Gaelic Christmas Carol: Leanabh an Àigh

Sheila CurrieDecember 5, 202011 min read

Morning has Broken is a lovely hymn popularised by the British singer Cat Stevens (Steven Demetre Georgiou)–a huge hit in the early 1970s. Eleanor Farjeon, an Englishwoman, wrote the lyrics published in British hymn books, and the tune is called Bunessan…

Warriors of the Word –Scottish Highlands

Warriors of the Word –Scottish Highlands

Sheila CurrieOctober 27, 20202 min read

Interesting title. Warriors of the Word is a book about Scottish Highlanders. Weren’t they more interested in swords than words or books? Who were these wordy warriors anyway? The most honoured members of Gaelic society, that is, of the Highland…

A Rousing Song of the  1745 Rebellion

A Rousing Song of the 1745 Rebellion

Sheila CurrieOctober 21, 20205 min read

The Outlander Insider ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ had a public relations manager during the Rebellion of 1745. Alas he does not appear in the Outlander novels. To English-speaking people he was Alexander MacDonald, but he was Alasdair mac Mhaighstir Alasdair to Highlanders, Scottish…

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