Save Big On Open-Box & Pre-owned: Buy "Magdalen Rising: The Beginning (The Maeve Chronicles)” from Amazon Warehouse Deals and save 70% off the $24.95 list price. Product is eligible for Amazon's 30-day returns policy and Prime or FREE Shipping. See all Open-Box & Pre-owned offers from Amazon Warehouse Deals.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
Magdalen Rising: The Beginning (The Maeve Chronicles) Hardcover – April 1, 2007
|New from||Used from|
Attention Science Fiction Fans
Man vs. machine, humans vs. aliens, paranormal activities – discover the best of science fiction with these collectible books. Learn More.
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Special offers and product promotions
*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
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top Customer Reviews
Some, especially the Jew Esus, thinks she could be a witch, but the powers she has are hers alone and are fashioned after the Druidic arts. Esus and Maeve are very different; he was raised in a crowded world where he "was accustomed to throwing his weight around." Maeve was the adorable, spoiled child being raised on Tir na mBan, who grew up in a world of women and stories. Storytelling is considered an art. The Druids don't write down their stories because keeping memories and shared stories alive creates unity between tribes.
Saying "Tir na mBan" to the Druid's makes them fall into a spell, almost as if this is a mythical place. Maeve's father is the God of the Sea and in her mind Esus and her are both divine. She wants desperately to connect to Esus and she thinks when he shuns her, "So we are different, as different as day and night. But listen, don't day and night meet again and again, one turning into the other? Isn't that how the world is made and made new?"
Magdelan Rising is an intriguing book, combining current pop culture and ancient rituals. This book is a stunning portrayal of a young, naive Esus, who is known to us as Jesus, and Maeve, a gorgeous Celtic goddess who eventually becomes Mary Magdalen.
Excellent book, highly recommended for its levity, wit and knowledge of the first century CE and Druidic culture, along with a glimpse of a confused teenage Jesus.
Armchair Interviews says: This is a phenomenal historical perspective of life in the time of Esus and his foil, Maeve.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a mixed blood myself (Keltoi, Vikings and Neanderthal ), I love romping thru my/our pasts;