Legends of the Grail: Stories of Celtic Goddesses, Ayn Cates Sullivan

Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Myth's & Legends

Legends of the Grail: Stories of Irish Goddesses” is a collection of ancient Irish myths and legends told in the traditional way with a twist. Each Goddess, generally demonized or misunderstood, has the chance to retell her story in a way that liberates her from centuries of misunderstanding. Some of the stories date back 8,000 years or longer, and yet the wisdom is timeless. The stories begin in 1700BC as the ancient ones known as the Tuatha De Danann leave surface earth. In remembering the tales of our ancestors we are invited to embrace the depth and wisdom we need to navigate this current age. Each chapter is followed with a “Healing With the Goddess” section that contains practices, visualizations and blessings to help the reader get in touch with their own soulful qualities and capacities. These exercises can help us understand the age we live in.

The Mother Goddess Danu introduces several of her daughters including Aine, a Solar Goddess who reminds us of our intelligence and the ways in which we shine. We encounter Ceasair, the granddaughter of Noah who was not allowed to board the Ark, so built her own ship and set sail to Ireland with her horses and fifty friends. In folklore it is Ceasair who initiates the strong Goddess traditions of Ireland. Scatach initiates the hero Cuchulain into the ways of the true warrior, and Emer welcomes the same hero as her husband. The poet Aengus Og sees Caer Ibormeith in a dream and falls in love. Finally the maiden Brighid decides to go on a pilgrimage to find the Cailleach, the most ancient Goddess of them all. There are four Appendices, including a Goddess Timeline and Thealogy called “Her-Story” that lists the Goddess traditions from pre-history to present time. There is also a Glossary and extensive Bibliography for those who wish to learn more about the Goddess traditions.

The author obtained her doctorate in Anglo-Irish literature from King’s College London. The academic foreword is by Dr Leonee Ormond and the second forward by is Suzanna Crampton, an Irish Farmer. The book is a mixture of in depth research that honors the Irish heritage, and experiential ways to engage archetypes that can help the reader understand his or her wholeness. The Grail is symbolic of a person who has realized their true Self. The Earth is changing. It is time to look to the past to see how our ancestors navigated the ending of their era, and lived. 

Legends of the Grail: Stories of Celtic Goddesses is a unique book that I was desperate to read ever since discovering it. I have grown up loving mythology, and so any book that has mythology, whether it be fictional or nonfictional is a book I have to read and so when I discovered Legends of the Grail I knew I had to read it. The premise of Legends of the Grail excited me because the description does not give much away; instead, it gives the reader an overall feel of the book with no spoilers and suggests that it may be fiction and nonfiction. This is a rare combination and one that is hard to succeed at but now that I have finished reading Legends of the Grail and know that the book is a blend of fictional myths as well as nonfiction thanks to the historical context, I can happily write that the book has succeeded and this is all thanks to the phenomenal author Ayn Cates Sullivan.

As I began to read Legends of the Grail, I found myself desperate to reach the end and this is all thanks to the intriguing literature laced throughout the book and Sullivan’s charming literature that bewitched me from start to finish. Legends of the Grail is a book about the Celtic goddesses, and throughout it, the author flawlessly weaves their stories and ancient Irish myths together and writes them in a first-person narrative which is very rarely done. As well as the reader being able to read these sensational stories about incredible, fascinating women, the author will also lace history throughout her book and give readers historical context, and this was incredible. I adore novels that weave fiction with nonfiction because while you read the book you are entertained, informed and learning and that is the perfect combination in my opinion.

The exceptional author of Legends of the Grail poignantly takes her readers on a journey through the Celtic myths and what is revealed is eye-opening, stunning and incredibly entertaining. As I read the myths, I found myself transfixed especially because of the unique twist Sullivan put on them. I raced from start to finish, desperate to read them all and they were so good that I would actually found myself rereading them! Which is something I very rarely do. That alone shows us that Sulivan is an incredibly talented author who knows how to hook her reader’s attention from start to finish and transfix them with her beautiful literature and captivating words.

As I read Sullivan’s book I found that it was incredibly easy to read and never confusing. Some myths can be incredibly detailed and hard to read but the ones laced throughout Legends of the Grail are not, and this is because Sullivan expertly tells them and organizes them perfectly. This is great because it ensures that every reader will be able to love and enjoy reading the myths and the fascinating historical context. This shows us readers that Sullivan is passionate about her readers reading experience and that to me was sensational and why Sullivan deserves all the praise in the world.

Overall Legends of the Grail is an inspiring, informative and intriguing book that will charm, inform and delight readers so I, of course, will be awarding Legends of the Grail five stars! So please do have a read of the preview below book lovers, you will not regret it!

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