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Magdalen Rising: The Beginning (The Maeve Chronicles) Hardcover – April 1, 2007
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*Starred Review* The prequel to The Passion of Mary Magdalen (2006) lets us in on how a redheaded Celtic lass wound up the literal bride of Christ, and whereas Passion was deeply based in the New Testament (and the sociology of Roman brothels), Magdalen Rising is rooted in Celtic lore. Mary, nee Maeve, was born to weather-witches on a magical, floating island somewhere in the Celtic lands. Raised with unconditional maternal love and with few restraints on body or soul, she grows to be a glorious creature, with plenty of the talents that her possibly divine mothers used for witchcraft. Yes, she has more than one mother, though it would be giving away the store to explain how. She also has a destiny that she encounters in a vision of a man in desert garb taking a leak--a trademark Cunningham touch, both intensely religious and frankly, even humorously, embodied. When she meets that man at druid school, their fated love begins to unfold. Is he Esus, doomed god of the Celts, or Jesus, doomed god of the Jews, or both? Is she goddess or woman or both? Cunningham plays with complex theological issues--the role of embodiment in salvation, the gender of divinity, the question of sacrifice--but she is preeminently a storyteller, and the reader engages those questions within a marvelous, romantic tale. Patricia Monaghan
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As far as the story goes, it is obvious there was lots of research done regarding the Celts of that time. I don't know much, but what I do know was portrayed accurately. It's an interesting tale to read. I like the idea of Mary Magdalene as a Celt and Jesus going to a Druid college to study. There are beautiful and vivid descriptions of people and places, as well as magic and mystery. The stories the characters told definitely made me think of how oral history was passed down, and changed with each telling. Before the stories were written, there's no way to tell which is the true version. This book gives us glimpses into the past with a sprinkling of insight into that works and our own. Oh, and I'm in love with Maeve!
The e-book version did have a few typos in it, but it wasn't enough to make me want to quit reading. I'm hoping the print version is lacking these errors as I'm considering purchasing the entire series.
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As a mixed blood myself (Keltoi, Vikings and Neanderthal ), I love romping thru my/our pasts;Read more