A mystery of history
Juli D. Revezzo
Druid Warrior Prince is the third in my urban/historical fantasy series, Celtic Stewards Chronicles. If you haven’t been introduced to it yet, the series is about a family who owns a patch of land on which the Irish gods of the Tuatha dé Danann, their druids, and a special squad of elite warriors fight an ancient, magical battle against mythic evil for the fate of the world, every 500 years. In the first book, Passion’s Sacred Dance, the heroine (Stacy) faces a bit of a mystery over this heritage of hers. She knows vaguely that she’s to oversee a battle between these forces, but, since the battles started almost at the beginning of time, she doesn’t quite know if she’s to oversee one, here in modern day, or when it might happen. Or even if the family stories of what might be knocking on her door are necessarily true. She believes, but after all, the beginning of time was a long time ago. She even has a helper, in the druids, one she loves very much, through him, she’s given, as it were, an unfinished map with which to navigate the fables. (Wouldn’t we all like to have a little help when it comes to tracing our families? Boy, I know I would!)
What’s going to come at Stacy in the future, and when and how she might deal with it, or help in the battle, if she even can, beyond lending her land, is the mystery that drives her on. Part of what helps her is a diary written by her ancestor five hundred years before, whose story is laid out in book two, Druid Warrior’s Heart, which then leads to my current release, Druid Warrior Prince.
The heroine of Druid Warrior Prince (Gwenevieve) is mentioned in the previous book, but up to that point, Stacy had never heard of her. Why? That’s the mystery she learns in reading the tale of Druid Warrior Prince. But her ancestor, even here, has her secrets to uncover. Is her new guardian (Maedus) all she thinks he is? Just a warrior beholden to the ancient gods? Or is there more to him than she knows? What isn’t he telling her?
Gwenevieve Macken’s well-ordered world falls into chaos as encroaching interlopers scheme to possess both her and her land. Although she’s been trained to spot the signs of inhuman evil in men, the amassing armies take on guises she never expected.
When a foreign guardian presents himself as her only option for salvation, Gwenevieve must make a choice between her desires, and fulfilling the mythic fate to which she was born. A forced marriage to a Tuatha dé Danann warrior isn’t part of her plan.
Excerpt from Chapter 17:
“Is Da mad?” Éle asked.
Gwenevieve frowned. “No.”
“He seems angry.”
“He’s mad at Tanny’s men,” Gwenevieve assured her. “Not at us, Éle.”
“Are they going to hurt us?”
Gwenevieve peered at the shafts of moonlight creeping in from the small, high windows. “I don’t know.”
“Maedus won’t let them,” the girl said.
Gwenevieve’s eyes rounded in surprise at her sister’s conviction. “What do you know of Maedus’ intentions?”
“I know,” she said, lowering her voice as if hoping to keep some important secret.
“What do you know?” Gwenevieve snuggled into the blankets beside her. “I won’t tell, I promise.”
The girl turned over and cupped her hand around Gwenevieve’s ear. “He gives me sweets.”
“Sweets?” Gwenevieve tickled her sister’s belly. Éle laughed, her laughter, infectious. “He’ll make you fat and then we’ll feed you to the bears for supper.”
The girl screeched happily and hid her face beneath the blanket. “I’ll let them eat you!” she vowed.
“Well!” Gwenevieve tugged the blanket away. “Here I thought you loved me, and find you plotting against me. That’s what you’re doing, isn’t it?” Éle snatched the blanket back and threw it over her head again. Gwenevieve tickled her. “You’re stealing Maedus away.”
The girl shook her head under the blanket. “Can’t. Says he doesn’t love me as much.”
“As much as what, sweets?”
“No.” Éle peeked out from beneath the blankets, her green eyes crinkled at the edges as she tittered. “As much as you, silly.”
Gwenevieve blinked toward the door. He’d spoken with her little sister about her? “When did he say so?”
“Before Da got mad at you.”
Something I cause quite often. Which time did her sister refer to? Did she mean before they found themselves in so much trouble with her father? Had Maedus always loved her?
And you bickered with him and put him off. Like a fool. Wasting so much time, as if the world wasn’t about to end.
No, it wasn’t. It wouldn’t!
She slid out from under the blanket and tucked her sister in for the night. “Get some sleep, little one.”
Éle yawned. “We have to finish planning the party.”
“In the morning,” Gwenevieve insisted.
Other topics filled her thoughts. He’d loved her all this time and she’d treated him abominably. How silly she felt now, that even her sister had known.
She retreated outside once the girl’s breathing slowed, and the thought that she’d wasted far too much time on other, less worthy, warriors crossed her mind.
Gwenevieve opened her door to find Maedus fastening a tie around his long hair. She crossed the room and threaded her arms around him. “Leave it down.”
“It’s strangling me,” he said.
She drew her fingers along his abdomen. Maedus purred in interest. “Will it help if I give you something else to think about?”
“Like what?” He laid a hand over hers but didn’t stop her as her touch trailed further down. “I see,” he said. “What have you been doing, lass?”
“Taking advice from a very learned little bird,” she said.
Anyway, that’s the story of my series, Celtic Stewards Chronicles, and the latest release in the series, Druid Warrior Heart. A little fantasy, a little history, and a little genealogical mystery. I hope you will enjoy it! Should you like to check it out, it’s available at Amazon, in ebook and paperback.
The entire Celtic Stewards Chronicles can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B076KK77N5
I hope you will enjoy them. And before I go, I’d like to say thank you to Kim for allowing me to come here and tell you about the series. J
Juli D. Revezzo loves fantasy and Celtic mythology and writing stories with all kinds of fantastical elements. She is the author of the historical romances, House of Dark Envy, Watchmaker’s Heart, and Lady of the Tarot, the Antique Magic paranormal mystery series and Celtic Stewards Chronicles series and more. She is also a member of the Independent Author Network and the Magic Appreciation Tour.
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