Emerald Magic: Great Tales of Irish Fantasy
Mythology and magic come alive in this collection of Irish fantasy stories by some of today's finest authors.
Ireland is a nation that holds fast to its history and heritage, and nowhere is that more true than in its folktales and legends. From the great Celtic myths featuring the bard Taliesin, the terrible Morrigan, the heroic Cuchulainn, or the noble and cunning Sidhe to strange and mysterious tales of today, the stories and traditions of the Emerald Isle holds a strong attraction for many. Stories are told in cottage hearths from Galway to Dublin, and from the windblown rocky Cliffs of Mohr to the seaside villages where fishing boats still roam the oceans. Tall tales and town stories are as much a way of life as a pint and good conversation at the local pub.
Emerald Magic brings together today's best fantasy authors to explore the myths of the Irish, telling their own versions of these ancient tales of luck, love, and honor, or drawing upon centuries of Irish myths and folktales and updating them into brand-new stories. Edited and with an introduction by Father Andrew M. Greeley, Emerald Magic contains fifteen wonderful stories of legend and lore, including:
Peace in Heaven? by Andrew M. Greeley. During the war to cast Lucifer from the Kingdom of Heaven, a group of angels didn't take either side, and as such were exiled to Ireland. When the chance comes for them to re-enter Heaven, will they take it?
Banshee by Ray Bradbury. A classic ghost story told as only Bradbury can — featuring a stormy night in the Irish countryside, a mysterious house, and a woman who's been waiting at the bottom of the driveway for years — and maybe even longer.
The Isle of Women by Jacqueline Carey. In an age long ago, a warrior sailing for vengeance happens upon an island ruled by a woman like no other. But if he is to continue his quest, he must choose between her and his duty.
Speir-Bhan by Tanith Lee. A woman who finds and reads her grandfather's diary unleashed the specter of an old debt that, even in today's modern age, must be paid — one way or the other.
The Cat with No Name by Morgan Llywelyn. A lonely girl neglected by her parents finds an unexpected friend in the alley behind her home — one that may be more than it first seems.
Condition: Pre-loved book. Minor yellowing of pages. Otherwise in good condition.
Year published: 2004
Sub-genre: Short stories, fantasy, retellings
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