Goddess of Eire
LoveSpell, February, 2006.
Paperback, 337 pages.
The great warrior Parlan has been elected by his peers to be the next High King of Eire. He must first pass a kingship test administered by the Goddess Eriu, who embodies the land of the Emerald Isle. Parlan passes the test, but then infuriates the Goddess by demanding that she be his Queen. His arrogance triggers a terrible curse: a dragon begins to ravage the land. In order to remove the curse, Parlan must go on a year-long quest to find four magical artifacts which were hidden in hard to find places by the ancient gods. He must find Sword of Nuadha, the Spear of Lugh, the Cauldron of the Daghda and the Stone of Destiny, then wield the objects in a battle against the dragon on the evening of Samhain. Parlan must defeat the dragon in battle, if he is to save his land and the Goddess who embodies it. The Goddess Eriu is weary of being alone and -- although she is angry with Parlan -- agrees to accompany him and his knights on his quest that will determine her own future.
Goddess of Eire is a fantasy novel with strong romantic elements. This is the last book in O'Kerry's popular Celtic Journeys series, which explores all eight of the ancient Irish festivals. Parlan is an interesting hero: he wants to be king, but he also is willing to give it all up for the woman he loves. The Goddess Eriu and her motivations are a bit more mysterious: but it's clear that being a Goddess can be a lonely thing. Ms. O'Kerry excels at bringing the pagan and Celtic traditions to the modern reader, and this interesting tale will charm those with an interest in Celtic lore.
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This review was published in the March, 2006 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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