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An Ogham Wood [Kindle Edition]

Cliff Seruntine
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Book Description

Where does one begin the tale of An Ogham Wood? Perhaps with the Lady Ellidurydd who was born three thousand years ago in wooded Wales and fell in love with a stag of the forest. Or perhaps the tale should begin fifteen hundred years later with Dylan O’Shee, exiled prince of a lost Irish kingdom who had the gift of finding souls. Maybe it truly begins with the vanishing of the Hundred Horsemen, for it was then a band of wandering Celtic tinkers appeared with a vision to save the fading faerie folk of the West.

Aye, in any and all these places the tale could begin, and others too. For the lives of many, mortals and not, have been woven into the myth of the Ogham Wood. But let us begin it in the moment, in the last days of the Island of Manannan, with Sweyn deSauld, a man bereft of family, of hope, and even his right mind.

>>Once upon a time, there was a sailor who had lost all he loved, and fell to doing terrible things. And then he found he was empty, and all that was left for him was the lonely sea. So there he passed the wandering days, trying to forget. But he was not forgotten. For his lost wife was from the Island, a hidden place where enchanted things still dwell in the green world. And the old witch of the Island made plots for the sailor. She called up a magic wind, and forgetfulness, and drew him into something terrible and wonderful, and far too big for a shattered man who walks the brink of madness. But ghosts and a pinch of faerie luck may yet shape the fate of Sweyn, heir to a legacy he does not want, and quite beyond his imagination. For on the Island he shall encounter Coppin, a cantankerous old codger who keeps the secrets of Dundubh Cottage. And Oak Peg, a recluse who dwells in the wood, brewing potions and making cheese. And Donald, the woodsman who broods on a terrible loss. But, most wondrously, he shall encounter Caitlin, a strange raven-haired girl who sings by night in the lonely wood, and who is said to have no soul. And over them all is the Pact, and the fate of the Island depends upon whether Sweyn can keep it. But how much hope can one hang upon a madman?<<


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About the Author

Cliff is a psychologist and a folklorist with a keen interest in Celtic myths and legends.  Cliff is also an ardent practitioner of deep ecology-- actively engaging with the natural world in ways that promote its betterment.  Cliff, his wife, Daphne, and their two daughters reside on an old Scots farmstead deep in the misty wooded glens of the Nova Scotia highlands, ancestral Canadian home of the Gaels.  There they maintain organic gardens, raise dairy goats and keep alive old skills such as horse driving, brewing and cheesemaking.  In his free time, Cliff may often be found wandering with his horse, Aval, among the wild highland woods, for it is in the deep green places he finds his inspiration.

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  • File Size: 841 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Avalonia; 1 edition (March 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TAE4O0
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Ogham Wood December 28, 2011
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Sweyn De Seud is a sad somewhat broken man with great reserves of inner strength. He will need those reserves of inner strength for the adventures and fate that lie inwait for him. For Sweyn the sea and his boat have always been a way to escape his problem and worries and find serenity. One fine day Sweyn decide to take the Starry Sea his sailboat on a ride that will get him lost. And lost he gets as a violent storm takes his boat off course and blows him to an island somewhere off the coast of Canada.

Throughout the story Sweyn is constantly experiencing flashbacks. In his dreams he is back together with his deceased wife, who used to make heavenly teas drawn from her esoteric knowledge of herbs. But Sweyn never knows where she obtained this knowledge from. In fact he knows little about her past. She came from an island that she strove to get away from and never talk about. She owned a cottage on this island near a city called Man of the Sea. The cottage is called Dundobh.

As fate would have it this is the island that his deceased wife Eilwen escaped from and left behind. Being shipwrecked in his wife's former home Sweyn finds himself thrust into the midst of a society seeped in the ways of the old world. Pagan holidays like Beltaine and Samhain are still practiced and celebrated. Herb lore , cheese making and ale making are a fine art. Sweyn , however will find out that his more than just a visitor. Marrying Eilwen made him an O'Shee. A special fate or geas awaits him.

The past comes alive in this book both for Swayn and the people of Man of the Sea. They were a group of people dedicated to the old ways in cooperation with the faeries moved from place to place until Manan the Celtic god of the sea lead them to the island. Dylan O'shee was their leader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Each to their own June 10, 2013
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I so totally disagree with the one star rating. I found that this book inspired the imagination and sent ones head into overdrive with the incredible dance from reality to fantasy. The adventures and imagination in this story are left open to ones own mind to visually interpret. I found the characters and the whole storyline quite unique with the power that it draws from the reader's imagination. Only your imagination is the limit to the experience of reading this book.The story flowed well and while it is fantasy it is written in such a way that it is believable!...that's a worry isn't it.I would read another book from this author and for those of you who love to exercise your imagination don't miss it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read January 22, 2013
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This book was very engaging with a really interesting premise on faeries: how they possibly live and have continued to live in the modern world and how they may have come with European settlers during immigration. Of course, the author piques my imagination with the Wicker Man-esque type of village with the old ways strong in the villagers, (wish I could find one!) along with a dash of modern day interaction with the outside world. Sweyn was well thought out character - his personal tragedies, the losing of himself in the sea journey, his struggle to learn about and understand the world he's been thrust into and his final acceptance and embrace of his role.

Only one complaint - Midsummer is not Lughnassadh. Also, animals were driven between two bonfires at Beltaine, not Midsummer or Lughnassadh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant ! January 22, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it, (especially to others of Pagan ilk). From the first page I was captivated and I found it difficult to put the book down. Now that I am finished I feel that familiar sadness that comes with the loss of a dear friend. I am very much looking forward to reading more of Cliff Seruntine's work !!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superbly crafted March 17, 2014
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Exceptional storytelling. The entire book was enthralling. I had a difficult time in stopping to do anything else. I cannot wait for more from this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Faeries do exist! July 21, 2014
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Makes one a believer in faeries...and magic!! Great interpretation of the many fae and what they represent, along with their magical attributes. The storyline kept me intrigued all the way through, although I wanted to slap "his Lairdship" a few times because it took him so long to figure out and believe something supernatural was happening. All in all, the book truly portrayed pagan culture, and brought faery alive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Ogham Wood June 18, 2014
By Merissa
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I've waited a long time to read this book and haven't been disappointed as Mr Seruntine weaves a tale worthy of the bards of old, with layer upon layer of detail being tied in neatly with the current part of the story.

If I had any complaints it would be that sometimes the flashbacks were hard to distinguish from the current story straight away and also, there were a lot of nautical terms in the book. I almost felt like I should be researching these terms whilst trying to read the book.

On the whole though, I loved it. Fantastical, magical, mystical, whimsical. Brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tale well told May 27, 2014
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Sweyn is running from his past. Piloting his ship, Starry Sea, from one port to the next he seeks to forget the tragedy of the loss of his beloved wife, Eilwen. However, the sea cannot protect him from his past, and when he finds himself blown by an unexpected storm to Eilwen's mysterious island home Sweyn comes face to face with the secrets that drove his wife from her home.

Deftly weaving ancient Celtic myths into a modern tale of love, loss, adventure, and environmentalism, Cliff Seruntine delivers a gripping, magical tale that works on several levels. You'll find yourself turning the pages, or clicking your old school Kindle, or sliding your fingers across your iPhone or Android, as you are slowly and steadily drawn deeper into the Island of Mananaan and its mysteries. This was obviously a labor of love, and a glimpse into the worldview of the author without being preachy. It is a rare book that can do that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book!
This is a very good story and well-written, to boot. It is about more than the oft-explored land of Fairy theme, involving interpersonal conflicts and pseudo-historical events, not... Read more
Published 3 months ago by DAR Donald A. Riggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Beautiful
I loved this book. First and foremost, it is beautifully written. The characters shine and the setting is wonderful. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bridgette L. Rallo
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I hope / wish that this author write more! I was left feeling satisfied with this read. And wanting to learn more.
Published 5 months ago by Simone Oech
5.0 out of 5 stars A spellbinding story of love lost and new love found
The storyline sweeps you up and carries you along as the hero learns what it means to be noble. He learns some difficult lessons about life, self-forgiveness, and true... Read more
Published 9 months ago by vhardiman
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful read!! a great twist on the faerie world
Such a wonderful book. A great mixture of the lore and woodcraft associated with times of old, mixed with the enchantment of Faerie!
Published 10 months ago by Annissa
4.0 out of 5 stars Utopia uncovered
I deeply enjoyed An Ogham Wood. It is a satisfying tale of the mortal world and fairy. I found the beginning slow and encourage the reader to get throughout it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Anemone
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Magical, Moving
This is an enchanting story that draws you in. I could connect with the characters in a very real way, unlike many other fantasy novels. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Syren
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Cliff Seruntine is a devoted permaculturist, a practicing shaman, a writer and fiddler, and a psychotherapist with a busy private practice. He was born in New Orleans and grew up in the bayou country on his grandfather's farm among French speaking Acadians. Cliff was always one to roam the outdoors and spent many hours among the elders of the countryside, absorbing lore of the myths, enchantment and spirits that were so much a part of the Acadian world. Shortly after Cliff began college, he took a hiatus to see Alaska that turned into a decade and a half sojourn in the wilderness. Often dwelling at a remote cabin, Cliff studied the shamanic practices and Inuqun beliefs of the subarctic aboriginal peoples, and found in them many curious parallels to the Acadian and Celtic faerie faith.

Years later Cliff and his wife, Daphne, came to desire a place where they could cultivate their own food, keep horses and develop their dream of a self-sufficient homestead. They relocated to the misty wooded glens of the Nova Scotia highlands, ancestral Canadian home of the Gaels. There they maintain organic gardens, raise dairy goats and keep alive old skills such as horse driving, cheesemaking, brewing and woodscraft. They also teach classes on how to live green while living well.

Cliff is the author of Seasons of the Sacred Earth (Llewellyn, 2013), An Ogham Wood (Avalonia Esoterica Press, 2011) and The Lore of the Bard (Llewellyn, 2003). He has contributed to a number books, including The Faery Queens Anthology (Avalonia, 2013), The Faery Craft (Llewellyn, 2013) and has been invited to write several times for Llewellyn's bestselling Witches' Calendar. Cliff has also been published in magazines on Celtic history, paranormal phenomena and written for webzines about ecology, sustainable living and earth-based spirituality.

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