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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Arx Pub (June 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889758361
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889758367
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,711,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emily C. A. Snyder has been inventing stories since she was old enough to babble, and writing them down since she was old enough to dictate. A prolific writer, Snyder is the author of The Twelve Kingdoms series from Arx Publishing, LLC which includes "Niamh and the Hermit" and "Charming the Moon," as well as "Nachtsturm Castle: A Gothic Austen Novel" from Girlebooks.com, a pastiche and sequel to "Northanger Abbey."

She has written over 40 plays, operas, ballets, musicals, pageants, masques, etc., four of which have been published from Playscripts.com: "Math for Actors," "Charming Princes," "Wallace's Will" and "The French Butler." Her work has been performed throughout the United States, and internationally as well - from Dublin, Ireland to Christchurch, New Zealand.

Her original five-act iambic pentameter play, "Cupid and Psyche" debuted in Boston in 2009, and was a semi-finalist in the Princess Grace Awards that same year. On Valentine's Day 2014, it will be revived for a limited Off-Broadway run through her production company, Turn to Flesh Productions. You can read more about it, catch exclusive content, and help support the project at http://www.cupidandpsyche.net

Snyder holds an MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College, Boston, MA and a BA in Literature and Drama from Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH. She studied screenwriting in Hollywood, CA with the ActOne program, and studied verse drama with the Theatre-in-England/Shakespeare School in London and Stratford-upon-Avon, England, under the direction of Vivien Heilbron and Bernard Lloyd. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, and currently lives in New York City.

When not writing, Emily can most often be seen teaching or directing Shakespeare. And when not doing that, chances are she's driving aimlessly in her car, singing at the top of her lungs. For more information, please visit her website http://www.emilycasnyder.com or http://www.youtube.com/gaudete.

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Her prose is spectacular with sweeping descriptions and witty dialogue.
Anne
I had assumed that this second type of fantasy author was pretty much dead until yet another friend suggested I should read *Niamh and the Hermit.* Wow.
Aidenne Marie
Beautifully written, this lyrical tale tells us of Niamh, a halfling princess whose beauty is beyong compare.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Huntress Reviews on July 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
Beautifully written, this lyrical tale tells us of Niamh, a halfling princess whose beauty is beyong compare. It is so great that it carries a terrible price. None can look upon her without going mad or being driven to seek a holy life. It would seem that this girl who has so much to give, for she is as beautiful inside as outside, will be alone forever, but then her parents learn of a man whose soul has strength enough to withstand her beauty. Niamh begins corresponding with him, and her heart is won, despite the rumors that he is terrible to look upon.
Yet, before the hermit can come and claim his bride, the price of her loveliness banishes the princess from the court into the wild world. Alone and frightened, she manages to make her way in life, while the valiant hermit seeks her untiringly, through danger and pain.
***** This story is only slightly less beautiful than the title character, which is fortunate, since otherwise, readers would be driven insane by picking up the pages. With a subtly inspirational message combined with mists and myth, this novel enchants the youthful spirit that lives within us all. *****
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Mueller on March 14, 2004
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After reading Niamh and the Hermit, I can only come to the conclusion that Emily Snyder has somehow been taught by J.R.R. Tolkien himself. As Tolkien created a world with its own history, languages, and legends, Snyder likewise fashioned an entire land, complete with its own mythology, heroes and villains, maps, and beautifully haunting music. Unlike much of mainstream fantasy, there is no sense that Snyder has borrowed from Tolkien, as their worlds and their origins are completely different, though similar in their levels of thoroughness in creation. (I must add, however, that Snyder's novel is faster-paced than Tolkien's, much to my own delight; though I very much enjoy Tolkien's epics, I tend to be rather impatient, and this novel kept my interest very well.)
I picked up Niamh and the Hermit, my curiosity piqued at the idea of a princess with beauty so great as to drive men to insanity, so much so that only a strange but noble hermit might be able to marry her. The ensuing events of the novel led me through both sorrow and joy, and after having read only a few chapters, I found that I couldn't put the book down. And when I had finished, I found myself feeling much like I had after reading The Return of the King-- with a desire to learn more about this author's world, particularly that which might lie beyond the Twelve Kingdoms, and I look forward to more stories from Emily Snyder about this intriguing world.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
Emily Snyder's Niamh And The Hermit: A Fairy Tale is a fantasy novel written in the verbose and lyrical style associated with Lord Dunsany. It is the imaginative tale of the daughter of a King, and the story of a Fairy whose beauty is so great that it drives ordinary men mad. Only a hermit with the piety of a saint can hope to share happiness as her bride, yet a vengeful Count lays plots and schemes to sow misery for the princess and her destined one. Niamh And The Hermit is highly recommended for fans of "high fantasy" as being an original, captivating, and thoroughly enticing fable.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Aidenne Marie on November 16, 2003
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I really don't like fantasy. Though I've diligently tried to humor my friends by reading various examples of modern fantasy, I've never been able to keep from gagging over the poor literary quality, the half-hearted worldbuilding, and the 'easy out' of magic. The only fantasy I can stomach seems to come from authors who are writing in a more mythological sense (ie: Tolkien) and who have obviously put a good deal of effort into both creation and execution. I had assumed that this second type of fantasy author was pretty much dead until yet another friend suggested I should read *Niamh and the Hermit.*
Wow. For once, an author who tried to create a world that seemed to exist above and beyond the confines of the page. Every word Snyder writes in this book is deliberate and well-chosen. She braids several plots together, crafting her characters with such detail that they practically beg for their own stories to be told in sequels.
I was actually disappointed when the story ended, and I hope she continues to expand this world for us.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 17, 2003
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Niamh and the Hermit--great literary quality, excellent morals, well-drawn characters, and a gripping plot. I'm not normally a big fan of romance, but this is a book where it's done right. Get out there (or stay in here) and buy a copy--you won't disappointed. (Maybe I'll write something longer later...)
Sean T. M. Stiennon
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