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Product Details

  • Series: The wanderers
  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Earthlight Press, Limited (May 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671037285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671037284
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ilmk on April 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
Whenever you read a celtic fantasy you expect a certain prose style and plot - namely Tuathans, Danaans, earth mythology and ancient stones and trees. It all abounds here.
There is a nice tendency these days for those writing of the early Dark Ages to begin with the waning influence of the Romans. In this case, it's a little later with the attempts of the Church in Rome to bring the pagan Irish underheel.
As with most plots the relevant 'missonaries' turn out to be opportunistic zealots making use of the Cross to justify more barbarity than the supposed pagans themselves can demonstrate. It is a common theme, the apparent civiliser being more savage than the savage, but it works well in celtic fantasy.
The story is simple enough, narrated by Mawn, the first of this trilogy deals with his callng by Gobann to become a wanderer - a celtic druid master - very Merlin - and his subsequent involvement in a war between the usurper (forgotten his name!) -who is driven by the evil Palladius - and the legitimate ArdRigh Leoghaire. Throw in a beautiful celtic druidess - Caitlin and her prince Murrough, make sure they are abducted by a bunch of truly barbaric Saxons led by Thegn Hanaar and a lackey evil Roman Seginus, have a glorious battle for a hill fort and the death of the great Rowen Tree and you have all the makings of a great celtic fantasy. There's the celtic 'magic' - usual dream wanderings filled with Ravens - and it all comes nicely together in a well crafted, well-plotted, well-characterised opening novel. I look forward to the next two.
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I love this series of books and so will you. I first read the Circle and the Cross when it first came out, and fell in love with the story and the characters. Caiseal Mor has a style of writeing that just draws the reader in and compels them to want to know ("what happens next"). The characters even the Bad guys are well thought out and you really do feel as though you know them.
I've had learning difculties all my life and reading has never come easy to me but I found this book made reading enjoyable to me, and I feel like a whole new world has opened up to me now.
Thank you Caiseal Mor.
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This is an excellent historical fantasy from an underexplored period. Mor is an engaging writer who really knows his Celtic legends, and integrates them perfectly into a fantastic story. It makes you wish it really did happen this way.
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More About the Author

Since childhood Caiseal Mór has been haunted by a deep, abiding, autistic obsession with the Holy Grail. As a teenager he made a personal vow to dedicate his life to the Quest. In his early twenties he set off alone to travel the world, following any clue that might lead him to the Sacred Treasure. He was living near Glastonbury, in the U.K. when he embarked on an exhaustive study of Celtic legends and folklore, eventually travelling to Ireland to hear the old stories first hand. Over the next twenty years he gained a degree in Theatre Arts, published twelve novels centred around Irish tales he'd collected and another two non-fiction books based on his research. He also recorded six CDs of original music to accompany the books. His autobiography, "A Blessing and A Curse- Autism and Me", was published in 2007 to critical acclaim. Since then he's produced a further five CDs of original music, published another novel, "The Lady of the Lamp" and a personal account of his encounters with the miraculous, titled; "What is Magic?"
Caiseal is an author, musician, painter, sculptor and spiritual seeker. He lives and works in Australia with his wife, the portrait artist, Helen Wells.
The accompanying video, "Pilgrimage" is from his CD "Alchemy for the Heart", published in May 2011. More samples of his music may be heard on his website;

http://www.mahjee.com