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Fiction, Aos Si, sith, fae, fairy, seelie, unseelie,
Wales, Britain, boarding school, organ, music, abuse, goddess, Dagda; will
fascinate anyone interested in fantasy, enchantment, and the fae—will appeal
particularly to those who enjoy fantasy mystery and suspense novels.
Essie: Enchantment and the Aos Si is a unique novel with nothing very similar—it is an idea and a theme wholly unto itself.
Mrs. Lyons, actually,
Matilda Anne Robina Acland Hastings Lyons, who happened to once be married
to Colonel Bruce Lyons and held onto the Mrs. and the Lyons as mementos
although the man was long dead, captured the Aos Si in her pantry.
The girl was starkers, scarfing ham, and ran directly into Mrs.
Lyons’ cane. The meeting
concluded at the expense of the Aos Si who ended up cuffed to Mrs. Lyons’
guest room bed. As Mrs. Lyons
saw it, she could either: turn the girl in.
In which case, she would be incarcerated or sent to the looney bin.
Let her go—where she might be shot or worse in the next pantry she
raided. Or, Mrs. Lyons could
attempt the reform and education of the girl.
Mrs. Lyons was used to the finishing of young women—she had never
bore a child of her own, but over the years, she held the responsibility of
many of her friends’ children.
Mrs. Lyons decided to
keep the girl and attempt her reform.
From the beginning this seemed a daunting proposal.
The girl was dirty, abused, on the run, and most likely not a human
at all. In fact, once Mrs. Lyons
could communicate with her, she learned the girl called herself the sith,
the Aos Si, and she was at war with the sovereign goddess of the Gaelic
lands, Ceridwen. Mrs. Lyons saw
only a young person who needed help and direction.
She didn’t realize she had involved herself in a many year conflict.
Luckily a war fought in great secret, and the Aos Si had been on the
losing end a long time.
Mrs. Lyons called the
girl Essie, and immediately began her reformation.
The girl didn’t come with an instruction manual, but she did own a
Welsh book, a cage, and a branch with a stone embedded in it.
Odd adornments for the, so called, most dangerous creature in the
education, Mrs. Lyons learned the girl was a musical genius.
Essie learned to play the organ in their local church.
Although, in Essie’s own estimation, she was slow, ugly, and
unrefined, she could play anything by ear, and she played unworldly pieces
of music, the music of the fae.
By the end of summer,
Essie’s skills at the organ, and the nature of her memorized learning led
the church’s priest to suggest Essie attend an all girl’s boarding school to
increase her education and musical skills.
In his previous assignment, the Father acted as rector for the
school. The priest’s wife, who
taught Essie to play the organ agreed.
Mrs. Lyons felt pressured, but for Essie’s sake, Mrs. Lyons enrolled
Essie in boarding school. What
harm could that be?
Author's reviewer’s quotes:
What do you do when you find a wild girl raiding your pantry—even
worse, she’s starkers. Mrs.
Lyons has a cane, cuffs, and plenty to say to such a girl.
Who is Essie?
The most dangerous creature in Britain looks like a small fifteen year
old girl—yet she is more and perhaps she holds the key to everyone’s
This is just a fun romp through Wales—who could
imagine a fairy princess in an all girl’s boarding school playing the music
of the fae?
Short descriptive teasers:
Essie is a
shape-shifting being kept captive from the world because she is the most
dangerous creature in all the British Isles--what happens when she escapes?
The ruler of the
fae courts, the four fairy courts, is an embarrassment to them—she is ugly,
uncultured, and stupid, but she sings a blessing to the fae, the song of the
fae—something they can’t exist without.
British fantasy meets the real world in a fun tale about a shape-shifting girl and those who try to help her—don’t bite the Queen…
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