The Enchanted Swans by Christy Nicholas
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Christy Nicholas, author of the Enchanted Swans has a diverse background. Known as the Green Dragon, she has interests that include digital art, jewelry making, photography and writing. This is all in addition to being a CPA, which is no small feat. She says she is compelled to create art and beautiful things. This inspiration certainly translates to her writing ability. Mesmerizing from the beginning scenes of life affirming and life ending childbirth, Nicholas draws the reader in through the use of fine prose and detailed descriptions. The story takes place in pre-Celtic Ireland, embracing the Tuatha De, Ireland’s fabled “fair folk”. From reigning above the earth, they are forced to go underground and exist as swans for 900 years, rather the main character, Fionnuala and her three siblings are condemned to remain as swans. The use of Gaelic names and wording makes this a worthwhile read to learn something about Irish lore, along with a compelling if sometimes sad story line.
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