Monday, 16 March 2015

The Monk who Cast a Spell is launched today!

It's an exciting day! 

The Monk who Cast a Spell has now been released as a paperback and ebook. It's available on Amazon

Durstan, a 17 year old Monk, falls in love with Ailan in 794AD. She disappears after their sexual awakening at Beltane, and he is left shocked and confused when he meets her again several months later on Mull. He becomes drawn to Beth who believes that she can obtain the protection of the Christian Church by manipulating the Monk’s emotions. 

Durstan’s family and friends; Abbot Faisal; Brionach the Druid and Lora, the slave girl who loves him; Erik the Viking war lord with his family and many others are important to the story, as it unfolds against the beautiful scenery of Scotland’s Hebridean islands.

The characters cross the sea from Iona in coracles to walk through ancient forest to Lord Duncan’s Hall inside its timber enclosure on Mull. The seasons change from Spring to midwinter, when the old Gods are in the magic of the firelight and the shadows at Yule.  It is a time when the early Christian Church continues to be challenged by tradition, and the Druids. Charms, amulets and spells are prevalent. The Monks use these too, and the books which Brother Andrew writes have their own magical element.

Durstan celebrates the Beltane Solstice with Ailan, and Abbot Faisal is forced to ignore the ancient fertility rite because the old Gods are then at their most powerful. 

Durstan becomes confused in a society dominated by fear of being outcast; violence; slavery, famine and disease. Men and women in the 8th century are seeking protection from the most powerful God: husband, Lord or Abbot. 

And the Monk’s goal…  to regain Ailan’s love.

Thank you for all the nice comments and good wishes you have sent. I hope you enjoy reading Durstan's story. Please let me know what you think.

Have a great week, and thank you for visiting the Hope and Dreams blog.