by A.L. Duncan
From the crumbling pages of ancient Celtic scrolls comes a vivid world of mysticism and unflinching valor. Ban Talah is the daughter of Tlachtga, Goddess of the Thunderbolt. Unbound by mortal laws Ban Talah must find strength in her own moral constitutions in all their depths and complexities and not distance herself from the deep undercurrent of her immortality in order to fulfill her Geasa, her duty, as a strength and legend to her people. It is the time of King Henry II, ruler of England, where Celtic-Christianity struggled with Rome’s papacy and the legitimacy of paganism within the Church. It is a time that begins the reaping of a terrible sowing.
The insidious heart of a French Cardinal, a man of mysterious dealings, has set the elements of evil astir. In order to save Henry’s England Ban Talah must first save the Lady of the Land from the bindings of the Cardinal’s sorcerous, wintery enchantment, a spell that is also a wicked inheritance of ills against the healers of her people. This is a tale of how one woman led her people in loyalty to a King and the Church a respect in her people, driving all that she fought for into all that she also fought against. A woman whom all called: Ban Talah.