The “Celtic Otherworld” stories are inspired by Celtic, Irish, Scandinavian and Norse legend and are set more or less contemporaneously usually with some connection to Irish or English places.
Contemporary travel to Otherworlds mentioned in Celtic Myth and Legend. Meet the Tuath Dé, Sióg, Aés Sidhe, Elves and Faerie. Also set in Limerick, Ireland and Wychavon, England.
Unlike Greek and Roman myth, there are many Celtic ‘Otherworlds’ that appear to be magical and often inhabited by the Fair Folk (Fay, Fairy, Sióg) or sometimes the Tuath Dé (later called Tuatha De Danann). They are not realms of the dead. The oldest Norse legends have many similar aspects to the oldest Celtic myths. Apart from Valhalla, Asgard isn’t a place of the dead.
Manannán Mac Lir led the Tuath Dé away to the Otherworld over 2,500 years ago. Except for them it’s been more like 600 due to the time-slip. Not all the portals (often at Court Graves, Raths and other ancient Irish sites) have been closed. Any Enchanter can open one. Today Tuath Dé culture is a crazy mix of Mediaeval to 19th Century.
Most involve Alice, also called Eilis, who lived in rural Co. Limerick till age thirteen.
Under the Stone of Destiny
Celtic Otherworld I
Four teenagers are trying to end a ruinous war; a human, and elf Princess, a dryad Mage, and dwarf Wizard. Or at least that’s what Kevin, the student magus thinks they are.
Their food is exhausted and they are close to despair when told to wait for a companion at the stone circle by the crow, a familiar of the college Dean.
Most of the action is on Magh Meall, a legendary Otherworld where the Tuath Dé live in exile.
Now the Magi Council and the Druids of Ollathair have wakened the Sleepers, the Morrígna, (Badb, Macha and Neamhain) and the rest of Manannán Mac Lir’s Aés Sidhe Warband.
Released Midnight 4th/5th September 2016
Detail “Miranda, The Tempest”, (John William Waterhouse), representing Neamhain of the Morrígna viewing the Atlantic.
Carrying the Shining Sword
Celtic Otherworld II
Who has poisoned Megra and her father, the Emperor? Eilis (Alice) accepts she is different and reveals why to her four friends. They learn about Skandi culture and the forbidden Skand magic. They take ship to another continent in search of an antidote and answers.
Detail from “The Love Potion” by Evelyn De Morgan, recoloured for the blue of a Skand sorceress that worships the Æsir-Vanir .
Seeking the Flaming Spear
Celtic Otherworld III
Megra must decide how to deal with Morien, who is Fay, so she contacts Queen Oonagh of the Aés Sidhe for help by throwing a ‘Ball’. Alice (Eilis) decides it’s time to do more matchmaking. Alice (Eilis) meets her adoptive grandmother (Queen Oonagh) and makes some friends in the Otherworld of the true Elves.
Alice gets to show off some warrior training that Neamhain formerly of the Morrígna has taught her. She figures how to finally stop Kevin having a crush on her.
Detail from “Morgan Le Fay” by Frederick Sandys. In the oldest stories she has no relationship to Arthur and is a “good” Fay queen / healer on Avalon (Isle of Apples).
(Fay is related to French for fairy and Morien is an older variant of Morgan)
Celtic Otherworld IV
Urban fantasy mostly in Worcestershire / Wychavon area. Four teenagers doing A Levels get sucked into a strange situation with Superheroes and Aliens. They are rescued by the High Queen of the Aés Sidhe (on cover).
Cover image is detail from Freya by Doyle as several characters are thought to look a little like Freyja.
No Silver Lining
Urban fantasy mostly in Limerick. Alice/Eilis joins the four English teenagers going to the University of Limerick, but senses a Horseman of the Apocalypse.
Sequel to ‘Seeking the Flaming Spear’ and ‘Hero Genesis.
Kate finds that Eilis is a strange friend with many surprises.
Detail of Apocalypse by Vasnetsov.
The Cunning Artificer
Action is parallel to “Hero Genesis”and “No Silver Lining” in the partially Steam Punk world where the Tuatha Dé live. Alice’s half sister’s two children (met briefly in “Seeking the Flaming Spear”) are exiled from Ireland because they too have magic.
Initial draft complete, requires further, writing., editing and Proofing.
“On the Threshold” by Edmund Blair Leighton. Representing Tony inviting Enchantress Sorcha to go riding.
Celtic Otherworld VII
Alice (Eilis) had previously agreed to be a godmother for Órlaith. Now the baby has quickened and a geas is triggered. You can’t invoke a fay blessing for a baby without invoking a fay curse first!
Draft complete, requires revision further editing and Proofing.
Detail “Lady of Shalott”, John William Waterhouse
Conspiracies and Rooks
Celtic Otherworld VIII
Marion is a Student Guard in Dalrinath. Almost all the action is in the partially Steam Punk world where the Tuatha Dé live. It’s best read after Fairy Godmothers as that takes place during The Cunning Artificer. These events are about a month later than the end of The Cunning Artificer.
Cover is based on the portrait of May Sartoris by Frederic Leighton with added rooks!
The Fay Child
Celtic Otherworld IX
Alice (Eilis) and Morien are married with a child each.
Flinn, Manannán and the war-band are still off doing something and it’s time to do the godmother bit for Órlaith’s child, Daniel Og, again as he is a year old.
Why do Danu and Freyja have such an interest in Alice?
Is Danu the mother of the twins Áine and Grian? Certainly Alice’s great grandfather, Manannán Mac Lir is their father.
Only first draft, requires writing, revision further editing .
Detail edited from “The Kiss”, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, representing Queen Áine and Grian (known as Macha of the horses), long before the story starts.
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