The Swan Maiden
by Jules Watson
Review by Mel Jacob
Bantam Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780553384642
Date: 24 February 2009 List Price $12.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Jules Watson's latest novel, The Swan Maiden, retells the Irish legend of Deidre of the Sorrows. Set in Ireland, the novel follows King Conor, the beautiful Deidre, the Red Branch warrior Naisi, and the political upheaval that follows Deidre's flight with Naisi to Scotland and Conor's pursuit aided by his warriors. At Deidre's birth, the chief Druid prophesied her beauty would bewitch a king and destroy a kingdom, but King Conor cannot bring himself to kill or banish the babe. Instead, he hides her in a remote lodge and visits the child as she grows. He arranges for an old Druid priestess to tutor her. Watson uses the spelling Deirdre for Deidre's name and Conor for Conchobor. From official release/information:
Product Description: In this lush, romantic retelling of one of the most enduring Irish legends, acclaimed Celtic historical author Jules Watson reignites the tale of Deirdre—the Irish Helen of Troy—in a story that is at once magical, beautiful, and tragic.