I love to hike in woods. And I’m not the only one to whom ancient stands of trees call to a special point in their soul.
On of my favorite places to sit and write is pictured. You can sit in the shade of the trees and watch the clouds drift over the lake. Between the hands of man and nature, the trees are not old, but even in a newer growth forest there is still a sense of serenity. However, travel a short distance and the scene steps back in time. You go from woods to a true forest, Climb high enough even go above the tree line to the world of scrubs and blueberry bushes.
If forests call to you or provide an intriguing setting, romance and fantasy author Mary Gillgannon’s tale of searching for the forest primeval is worth a look, if only for the pictures. I particularly like the description of the bluebells.
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Despite his insolent attitude, Ellspeth, captain of Sea Falcon, is attracted to the dark-haired dockworker she hires to help unload the vessel’s cargo. The supposed dockhand reveals he is Lord Dal, the last member of the Council of Wizards, and her passenger. Bringing him back from near-death releases Ellspeth’s latent powers and threatens her captaincy. For magic and the sea don’t mix.
In accordance with an ancient prophecy, Dal allows Ellspeth to be handfasted to him without her knowledge or consent. However, the prophecy doesn’t state whether she will return his love. A likelihood threatened as the deception is unveiled and Dal is captured and stripped of his powers by fanatical clerics bent on ridding the world of magic and those who wield it.
Revenge set Ellspeth and Da on the path to her destiny, but prophecy controlled the journey and demands a choice. Ellspeth must choose between her own survival, saving the future of magic… or love.