Book: The Sun Palace by Brighid O'Sullivan
categories: Book, Coming of Age, Mystery, Magic, Irish Mythology, Paganism, Ireland, Irish Druids, Sixth Century, Love, Betrayal, Legends, Irish Historical Fiction
Brighid O'Sullivan about this book: The Sun Palace is set in sixth century Ireland and is a ring fort in Donegal but this is not really about the fort itself but the people who grew from it.
Where did my idea germinate? I read an Irish folktale called Tristan and Isolde, which is a love story. I had planned on writing my own version of said story when I started to explore the personality of one of the minor characters, Brigit who is sixteen years old and has visions when things are lost. For some reason, Brigit kept talking to me, befriending me and opening her soul. I felt drawn to her immediately, her kind face with the freckles that marched across her nose, her way with animals and children, the way she appeared to have this inner sense of when things were about to happen. I wondered about her past. She told me she never knew her mother and was raised by monks and she was happy there, but when she became a young woman the monks sent her away to a Pagan tribe called Uisneach and made her the Druid's apprentice. She was confused and heart-broken. Finally, she started to adjust, actually grew to love her new family. Until ... her visions turned into nightmares of a drowning woman, the nightmares into physical scars on her tender arms. Her foster sister Geileis was concerned, though a bit preoccupied by her betrothal and eminent marriage to Arguis, a man who has neither wealth or royal lineage, making it impossible to have a proper marriage contract of the first degree. Geileis doesn't care, but Arguis has his pride to think of. An unknown enemy is watching them all. A lethal threat that no one is aware of. One day that threat will become real and everyone's life will be in danger.
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