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The Druid Isle Paperback – April 8, 2010
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About the Author
Ellen Evert Hopman (Massachusetts) has contributed to several Pagan journals and is a popular author of Druidry-related titles. A former teacher at the Grey School of Wizardry, Hopman has been active in American Druidism since 1984. She is a member of the Grey Council of Mages and Sages, co-founder and former co-chief of the Order of the Whiteoak (Ord na Darach Gile), a master herbalist, and a registered herbalist of the American Herbalists Guild.
Visit her online at www.elleneverthopman.com or at http://witchesandpagans.com/Herbalist-s-Path/Blogger/Listings/ellen-evert-hopman.html.
Top Customer Reviews
Character-wise, Hopman displays a flourish in putting the doubts and fears of an individual taking a step on a wider, far-reaching journey within their life. The internal reflections of both main characters is refreshing and well spun. However, the storyline seemed a little disjointed and jumpy in places. This may be attributable to the extremely short chapters that comprise the story. Some chapters were less then three pages in length. The ending of the novel was another of those "tie it up nice and neat" endings that I deplore. Everything fell neatly into place in the last five pages of the story -- which just doesn't allow the characters to breathe in the bitter side of Life alongside the fresh air of Triumph over Tragedy.
In the final analysis of the book - I found it to be a wonderful book with a strong underlying purpose that it brought out in lovely detail.Read more ›
The story itself is detailed and well told, with strong charcterization and a fast paced story. The reader is quickly swept up in the lives of the four main characters, as well as several minor charcters, and the ending is very satisfying, answering a question left open from the earlier book.
Beyond it's value as a good work of fiction - and it's worth recommending just for the story - the book is also a subtle primer on druid belief and practice. Reading this will help the reader understand Gaelic culture circa the 3rd century CE and will also help with an understanding of different druidic principles on a practical level. Unlike a non-fiction book on the same topic the reader isn't spoonfed step-by-step instructions and explanations, instead you see the concepts and practices in action as the characters live them out. Very reminiscent of the old mythologies.
I would definitely recommend this book for anyone looking for a good story, or for anyone who wants to learn more about druidry.
This is a fast-paced and mesmerizing story with strong character development. It's also a good book if you want to know about the Druid way of life - in practice, not just in theory. It's beautiful the way that they live their lives in harmony. I'm not saying that their way of life is perfect, but just because they believed, worshiped, and lived differently than others doesn't give those others the right to torture and destroy them (sorry, this is definitely one of my `soapbox' issues). This is a spellbinding story which is a treat to read and definitely a keeper!
Druid Series: Priestess of the Forest (1), The Druid Isle (2), Priestess of the Fire Temple (3)
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After reading the first book in the series, "Priestess of the Forest," I just had to read this one, and liked it a lot. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Morgan Ravenwood
wonderful story with terrific lessons on druidic spiritual practice woven throughout.Published 17 months ago by lyn
Couldn't put it down. Continuation of PRIESTESS OF THE FOREST which I have read many times . I wish Ms. Hopman would write more in this series !!!!Published 21 months ago by Ruth Flores
This review will be similar to the Priestess of the Forest, as it is similar in so far as the teaching side of things. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Suzie Q
i love ready the stories ias i read them i feel like that i'm there living in the ways of the old
i'm so very happy that i purchase this book i so love it
An inspiring book showing the paths that are open to us insightful and applicable for the world around us today.Published on April 6, 2013 by gaili sinkinson
I so looked forward to this book. The knowledge inside so often confirmed what I knew inside. What I knew inside was old, the story felt familiar. Read morePublished on December 4, 2012 by Cathy Aarset