Heroines of Avalon & Other Tales by Ayn Cates Sullivan transports readers into the time of legend and revisits deities and legendary female characters linked to Welsh and British mythology. In this book, the author shares her insights and her journey to discovering her past, a journey that compelled her to research the extraordinary characters in her book. Her research into the myth of the Holy Grail creates beautiful mythical encounters, bringing to life “untold” stories of characters like the Goddess Arianrhod, Blodeuweddi, Iouga, Elen, also known as “Elen of the Ways,” and the Goddess of Sovereignty, Elaine and Dindraine in the Arthurian female Grail Knights. The stories begin with an informative commentary that shares the author’s personal journey and offers elements of myth and the culture around which these characters evolved. The reader will understand the feminine visage of God and the role of some of the heroic women in the lives and history of legendary heroes like Arthur. The literary allusions are manifold in this narrative, and they feature the Lady of the Lake, Morte D’Arthur, and the Arthurian Round Table. One understands the role of women in British mythology and that brave kings were nothing without them: “A king must connect to the spirit of the land through a woman.”
Heroines of Avalon & Other Tales is a gripping narrative, a collection of powerful mythical women that will keep the reader spellbound. Ayn Cates Sullivan combines her storytelling craft with research to provide readers with great entertainment. Each story includes symbolism, a spirituality developed around the deity, and poems evoking a spiritual atmosphere linked to the character. It is well-illustrated and loaded with symbolism.
Heroines of Avalon & Other Tales by Ayn Cates Sullivan is an enchanting mythology collection of the goddesses and heroines of the British Isles! Heroines of Avalon & Other Tales by Ayn Cates Sullivan honors the heroines and goddesses inside its pages by taking us, adventurous readers, through each remarkable woman’s journey and teaches us how we can reconnect with them in our modern day world. I felt especially drawn to the tale of Louga. I have always felt a strong connection with water, it soothes my being, and so Louga’s deep spiritual connection with her river resonated with me on a visceral level which breathed invigorating new life into my soul! Once I started reading Heroines of Avalon & Other Tales by Ayn Cates Sullivan, I fell in love immediately with its fanciful and imaginative storytelling that should not be missed!
Heroines of Avalon & Other Tales shared the compelling journey which led Ayn Cates Sullivan to research the marvelous characters showcased with elegance in her novel. Untold stories of myth and legend come to life in amazing detail, revisit legendary female characters and deities such as the Goddess Arianrhod, Elen of Ways, and Dindraine in the Arthurian female Grail Knights. Each story begins with an enticing and informative dialogue which integrates Sullivan’s personal journey and the culture from which these characters transcend to myth and legend. The dialogue effortlessly shifts to the first person in an alluring and imaginative retelling that inspires an understanding of the feminine visage of God and the lasting importance and impact of these historic and heroic heroines.
Heroines of Avalon & Other Tales by Ayn Cates Sullivan is a riveting masterpiece of research and fantasy! I love that Heroines of Avalon & Other Tales by Ayn Cates Sullivan is divided into three sections; Welsh mythology, British mythology, and the myths of the women of Avalon. Each goddess is afforded her own subsection which provides us, beloved readers, unlimited freedom to roam to and fro as the wind and our desires carry us! I was engrossed in the hypnotic recreations of the various heroines and goddesses such as the Lady in the Lake or Blodeuwedd’s transformation from a flower into a woman. I was astonished to learn Ayn Cates Sullivan traced her lineage, through DNA testing, to the most powerful woman of the twelfth century; Eleanor of Aquitaine, the daughter, and heiress of the Duke of Aquitaine and Count of Poitiers, William!
Ayn Cates Sullivan is an unmatched author who has created a unique work of true beauty. Ayn Cates Sullivan bridges the past and present with her stunning storytelling coupled with breathtaking illustrations that will captivate the attention of any reader! I was amazed by the meticulous research Ayn Cates Sullivan tirelessly gathered that she effortlessly wove into the fabric of the narrative itself. Ayn Cates Sullivan has an inviting writing style that speaks to us as an old friend, which she has crafted into a provocative storyline which shows what a brilliantly talented author she is!
Heroines of Avalon & Other Tales by Ayn Cates Sullivan is a fantastical piece of literature I wholeheartedly enjoyed! Once I immersed myself in the rhythmic and melodic pages of Heroines of Avalon & Other Tales by Ayn Cates Sullivan, I found it to be equally educational and evocative that left me with a sense of awe and wonder! I was enamored by the role of women in British mythology. “A King must connect with the spirit of the land through a woman. ” The bravest of Kings are little more than nothing without the strength, help, and perseverance of a woman! Heroines of Avalon & Other Tales by Ayn Cates Sullivan seamlessly weaves together a marvelous narrative, with inconceivable research, and exceptional characterization which creates a bewitching ambiance I couldn’t get enough of! Heroines of Avalon & Other Tales by Ayn Cates Sullivan is a fascinating work of myths and legends I emphatically award five stars!
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