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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.

 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (March 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738729256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738729251
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,090,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Priestess of the Fire Temple is the final book in a trilogy (the other two being Priestess of the Forest: A Druid Journey and The Druid Isle) about the loss of the old Druid ways in early Post-Christianity Europe.

This book concerns the Princess Aislinn, daughter of a king who follows the old ways and a mother who does not. Aislinn's story is rather unique in the trilogy as she is more sympathetic to the Christians then the protagonists of the other two stories. In fact I'd say this gives her a clearer voice then Ethne from Priestess of the Forest and Aoife from The Druid Isle. Characters from both books pop up in Priestess of the Fire Temple, however one need not read the previous two books to derive enjoyment from the third. It does help however if you have read them and there are bits and pieces of Aislinn's story that will make more sense if you do.

Interwoven in the story is bits of druid lore. Herbcrafting, blessings (both for places and people) as well as general knowledge about the old ways are just some of the topics covered. These are presented in such a non invasive way that one doesn't even know they're learning it, they flower effortlessly into the story.

My main issues with the story had to do more with pacing then anything else, I would have loved to see more abou the Fire Temple and learn about its guidehead and I think the romance between Aislinn and a character could have been fleshed out more. These are just personal issues though, your mileage may vary.

All in all it is a fitting conclusion to a lovely trilogy about the ways of the druids. I highly recommend it to both Pagans and non Pagans alike.
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By lyn on December 30, 2012
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i loved this book! It provides a beautifully told story of a young druid trying to keep her traditions alive in the face of cultural changes sweeping through the land. Read "Priestess of the forest" first
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This is book three in a series that I simply couldn't read fast enough! I purchased books one and two at a conference, directly from the author and I read book one within days. When I got to the end of book two I could hardly wait for the third one to be published. I pre-ordered it right away. Ellen Evert Hopman did not disappoint me. After the wait I read this book as fast as the first two. This is a author who writes from her own experience as a druid and from her knowledge of druidry, and yet manages to weave a fictional tale that teaches as much as it entertains. The work of a bard! I highly recommend the entire Druid's Tale series, as genuinely entertaining and historically accurate fiction of druidic life. There is a little bit of something for everyone - romance, history, well developed characters with lots of depth, and a conclusion the reader can feel good about.
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Aislinn's story is very well constructed and offers insight about the conflicts between the Christian and traditional druid ways. The adventure is thrilling to read. Of particular interest is the historical note at the conclusion of the book. The author offers a short bibliography with web sources and concludes the book with a rich discussion of female druids.
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This was different to the other two books, although it too was fictional and also had many druid information which it shared, the time was more into the future, so there was no pull through of characters from the first two books, which would have been nice. However that being said The Fire Temple had different information to share which was also rewarding. I loved the respect they showed not only their clan, students and those around them, but also nature, animals and healing. I will repeat briefly that this is a wonderful way to learn, share and understand all that there is, without running dry on rusty old text books. Obviously there is plenty that has not been shared yet, but what has been shared is enough to make you travel to Ireland or any Celtic country to saviour the air, nature and energy lines.
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This third book in Ellen Evert Hopman's books is similar to the others. It is an easy read, and full of historical tidbits about Druids and how they may have lived in early Christian days.
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