For many centuries, an age of magic and peace has flourished in Ireland for the faerie race known as the Danaans. But an invader has now come to those shores who will conquer more fatally than any army, driving the Old Ways from the land forever. His name is Pátraic--and he will be the worst thing that ever happened to Ireland...
In the Earth year 453 by the Common Reckoning, a small fleet of ships left Ireland, carrying emigrants seeking a new home in a far land. But he seas they crossed were not the wild Western Ocean, nor were the ships they sailed the leather-hulled boats of later legend.
Those ships were starships; the oceans the dark starry gulfs of space itself. The new world they sought was a distant double-ringed planet, and though this great heroic voyage was indeed led by a man called Brendan, he was no Christian navigator-monk but the son of a mortal lord and a princess of the Sidhe. And when magic began to die in Ireland, he took the best of Celtdom to the stars.
In The Deer's Cry, eight book of her Keltiad series, Patricia Kennealy-Morrison takes us back to the distant days when Keltia was not yet, and weaves the tale of how it came to be...
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Patricia Kennealy-Morrison was born in New York City and has lived there for most of her life.She is the author of The Keltiad; her novels include The Silver Branch and The Hedge of Mist. One of the first women rock critics, she was editor-in-chief of Jazz & Pop magazine, and as an advertising copywriter, a two-time Clio nominee.
In 1970 she married Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors; her memoir Strange Days: My Life With and Without Jim Morrison has been called "the first good book on Jim Morrison" (New York Daily News).
In 2021, to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of his death, she will publish Fireheart: The True "Lost Writings" of James Douglas Morrison, an extensively annotated collection of the many love letters, poems, songs and drawings Morrison left her.
She is a Dame of the Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Hierosolymitani, a High Priestess in a Celtic pagan tradition and a member of Mensa. Blackmantle is her seventh Keltiad book; the next will be The Deer's Cry .From Publishers Weekly:
The eighth book of the Keltiad (after Blackmantle) goes back into the earlier days of this fantasy saga, which portrays the Celts as "gods from outer space." The novel deals with the destructive impact of the introduction of Christianity to Ireland, which in historical fact forced the Danaan to emigrate and gave rise to the legend of Brendan's Voyage. But in Kennealy-Morrison's telling, the emigrants are not only fleeing religious oppression by Christianity (for which the author, described by the publisher as "a priestess in a Celtic pagan tradition," seems to have no use whatever, at least in the form handed on by St. Paul), but they use starships instead of coracles, and Brendan is not a monk but the son of a Danaan nobleman and a princess of the Sidhe folk. This volume is a notable improvement over Blackmantle, with a less convoluted plot, faster pacing and more passages rich in lyric prose and Celtic folklore. It also doesn't demand that one swallow the portrayal of the late rocker Jim Morrison (the Celtic-rites husband of the author) as a bard of almost godlike gifts, cruelly done to death by treachery. Finally, the introduction and afterword provide a historical perspective on the whole Keltiad and this novel's place in it, marking the book as a useful beginning point for readers new to this megasaga.
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