Sky and sea and earth tingling with magic
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?
–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.
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.
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.…
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…
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…
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