"When I started reading Rising From the Ashes, I was skeptical. Dragons in Ireland? I went straight to my favorite Irish myth expert, Ali Isaacs, who didn't let me down. In her blog post, The Serpent in Irish Mythology, she recounts several stories of heroes battling dragons. And best of all, she mentions their Irish name--péista.
So when the young apprentice mage Ash meets the strange creature who tells her it's name is Péist, I knew we were in for some fun. The story is an alternate history, a coming of age tale in the best fantasy traditions, complete with authentic historical details reminiscent of Monica Furlong's classic Wise Child and Juniper, combined with the adventure and heroism of Robin McKinley's Hero and Crown series." --Barb Taub
"Werlinger is an excellent storyteller. The Celtic/Mage/Dragon lore books seem to attract them, perhaps because the whole Celtic/Druid tradition is one of oral history and places such a value on the bard. Her lesbian fiction titles are all intriguing, varied and unusual. Now she has stepped out into the fantasy genre and her light touch of description, intelligent characterisation and stylish writing have created an awesome first novel... I stayed up all night reading this and I literally cannot wait to for the next book in the series.
If you are a dragon lore/ fantasy fan.. you will love it. If you aren't - give it a try, you wont find a better example of sympathetic writing, elegant prose, a wonderful heroine, and the storytelling of a genuine bard." --Velvet Lounger
About the Author
Bestselling author Caren Werlinger published her first award-winning novel, Looking Through Windows, in 2008. Since then, she has published fourteen more novels, winning several more awards. Influenced by a diverse array of authors, including Rumer Godden, J.R.R. Tolkein, Ursula LeGuin, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Willa Cather and the Brontë sisters, Caren writes literary fiction that features the struggles and joys of characters readers can identify with. Her stories cover a wide range of genres: historical fiction, contemporary drama, and fantasy, including the award-winning Dragonmage Saga, a fantasy trilogy set in ancient Ireland. She has lived in Virginia for nearly thirty years where she practices physical therapy, teaches anatomy and lives with her wife and their canine fur-children.