A man of peace in a time of war, Isambard Kerne must choose between the power of words or swords. The fate of both Earth and its Shadow hangs in the balance. Will he be able to master the Way of the Windsmith in time to save the valley of his ancestors? Or will the terror of war change Kerne into what he fears the most?
Cover art by Steve Hambidge
Windsmith – The Windsmith Elegy Vol. 2
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‘It is a book rich with many of the energies of fantasy fiction – that ethereal unreality of memory and imagination – yet also with a sadness about humanity … If you like fantasy, mythology and the weaving of magic, I think you'll enjoy this book.’
Emma Restall Orr
‘It is gripping story made even more poignant and potent for being woven out of familiar and haunting strands from ancient Irish and Welsh traditions, and familiar and haunting images from modern wars’
‘The characters are engaging, the narrative heroic, the fights exciting and the solutions believable … For those who enjoy Irish and Welsh “Celtic” stories and cultures and aren’t averse to seeing those played with in creative ways, this is a recommended read.’
'Kevan Manwaring ... has produced a bardic novel of great depth and sophistication, written with warmth and intelligence so that the reader really cares about the characters to whom fate has dealt such a terrible hand.'
'Through clever reworkings of the story of the Gundestrup Cauldron and origin of the Ogham alphabet Kevan creates a story that puts our everybody conceptions of the past, causality and relationship to the afterlife into question. Kerne's quest provides powerful insight into the transformative processes that make a bard, and the discovery of one's Awen.'
'Kevan Manwaring writes in the bardic tradition of English prose, one which honours the vision of our landscape as sacred and knows that our lives and history are at their most intense when lived in close relation to its claims on the soul.'