Niamh and the Hermit: A Fairy Tale

Niamh and the Hermit: A Fairy Tale This reminds me, both in language and style, of some of the better intricate, dreamlike, epic faerie tale literature of the late nineteenth century Snyder has created characters and sagas here that require thoughtful careful reading and until I discovered the notes in the back of the book note taking to keep all the characters sorted in your head Characters are varied and intriguing, the plot is not marred by preditability, and nobility of spirit and human frailty combine in thought provoking ways This is not a beach read It is, rather, a classic fantasy to be read in pieces and mulled over during the course of days. Princess Niamh pronounced Nee EHV is perhaps the greatest beauty of the Twelve Kingdoms, one whose loveliness radiates within and without so strongly that nobody in Castell Gwyr is able to appreciate it Potential suitors have either died or gone mad at the slightest exposure to Niamh, leaving everyone in the kingdom of Maelgwynn, including King Gavron, to wonder how Niamh will be able to take a husband and keep alive the line of Siawn Shieldbearer.The most logical solution to this problem comes to prove that opposites do indeed attract when it is suggested that Niamh be betrothed to a mysterious healer Known only as Duncan, the bridegroom is a hermit with the head and tail of a lion, and the wings of an eagle How or when Duncan came to be so enchanted hexed is a mystery, though Gavron and the kingdom are relieved when Duncan accepts the offer of marriage That there is true love evident between Niamh and her Hermit during a clandestine meeting should have bolstered the pending celebration, were it not for the presence of evil lurking about the kingdom.Still nursing the loss of his son to Niamh s beauty, an avenging Count steals into the bride s chamber and convinces Niamh of a method to lessen her beauty in order to allow others to tolerate her presence What happens instead is a physical transformation so radical that Niamh s parents mistakenly cast the horrid creature they discover out of the castle, unaware that they have expelled Niamh No thanks to the Count s interference, Niamh s inner beauty is also deeply scarred, leaving fear and shame to take her on a journey through the far realms of the Twelve Kingdoms Search parties are dispatched, and along with them goes Duncan to reclaim the bride who, having lost all happier memories, is reduced to being an ashputtle girl, surviving by what wits are left.Niamh and the Hermit is a rich narrative of various subplots which intertwine together to offer the reader a vivid look at author Snyder s gift for world building there are the courageous guards of Castell Gwyr, whose adventures beyond Maelgwynn are reminiscent of Tolkien s stories loyal handmaid Elowen, who prizes Niamh s life above her own, and the troubled Hermit, whose inner demons prove to be of a challenge than those preventing his destiny The interworkings of fantasy and faith seamed nicely into the story.The influences of Eddings, Lewis, and other writers of the genre are evident in Snyder s style, though Niamh is uniquely her own, an ambitious debut and highly recommended to fans of fanciful tales. The Daughter Of A King And A Fairy, The Princess Niamh Is Glorious Fair Perhaps Overly So Her Incredible Beauty Proves A Curse For No Man Can Withstand Even A Moment In Her Presence Without Running Mad Suitor After Suitor Is Turned Away, Since No One Regardless Of Family Name Or Credentials, Is Able To Approach The Princess Without Suffering Intense Burning The Kingdom S Only Hope Rests Upon A Most Unusual Bridegroom The Hermit With The Claws And Wings Of An Eagle, And The Head And Tail Of A Lion, The Mystery Of A Magician, And The Piety Of A Saint, He Alone May Hold Her That Is, If He Can Find His Bride Before She Is Led To Perdition By The Wicked Count And His Shadowy Minions Written In The Evocative Lyric Style Of Lord Dunsany, Niamh And The Hermit Is An Exploration And Exultation Of The Classic Fairy Tale, Blended Seamlessly With All The Imaginative Complexity Of A Tolkien Esque Subcreated World The Author Weaves Fantasy And Fable Together In A Beautifully Written Tale Of Love And Deception, Valor And Weakness, Hope And Fury

Emily C A Snyder has been inventing stories since she was old enough to babble, and writing them down since she was old enough to dictate A prolific writer, Snyder is the author of The Twelve Kingdoms series from Arx Publishing, LLC, as well as several Austenesque novels, including Nachtsturm Castle A Gothic Austen Satire.The premiere international scholar on writing new verse drama, she is th

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  • Paperback
  • 276 pages
  • Niamh and the Hermit: A Fairy Tale
  • Emily C.A. Snyder
  • English
  • 10 January 2019
  • 9781889758367

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