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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
  • Language:English
  • Series title:Legends of the Divine Feminine
  • Series Number:1
  • Pages:180
  • eBook ISBN:9781623097752

The Ballad of Tam Lin

by Kathleen McGowan

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Overview
The ancient legend of the elfin knight Tam Lin and the brave young maiden who rescues him from death at the hands of the terrifying Queen of the Underworld has been told in the Scottish Borders for hundreds of years. Now, this classic Celtic tale is brought to magical, sensual life by New York Times bestselling author Kathleen McGowan. Rich in symbolism and steeped in the wisdom of the Celts, this novella is no mere fairy tale, no simplistic story of dark and light, wicked queen and maiden fair. This is a multi-layered exploration of feminine power in all of its aspects, with some unexpected twists. The first in Kathleen McGowan’s new series, Legends of the Divine Feminine, a non-fiction analysis of the ballad, its origins, and its exquisite preservation of ancient wisdom teachings follows the fiction, along with the author’s notes on her years of research into the story and locations.
Description
I forbid you maidens all who wear gold in your hair to travel to Carterhaugh for young Tam Lin is there Scotland, 1323 When 18-year-old Janet Douglas is given Carterhaugh Forest and its surrounding property as a gift from her father, she is thrilled to become the guardian of such an ancient and sacred place. But Janet soon finds that she has an otherworldly rival for her role as protector of Carterhaugh. An elfin knight by the strange name of Tam Lin haunts her forest, and extracts a heavy price from any unwary maiden who might wander there and cut the legendary roses. After her best friend returns from a terrifying encounter with Tam Lin, brave Janet sets out to confront the mysterious and malevolent knight. She cuts the sacred roses to goad him into appearing, but soon finds herself ensnared by the laws of the fairy kingdom. Her transgression is such that Tam Lin demands the ultimate penalty from a noble maiden: her virginity. As Janet prepares for her fate, she discovers that there is a darker force behind Tam Lin’s actions: he is in service to the ruthless and omnipotent Fairy Queen, who demands a severe price of her own. It is told that every seven years she is required to pay a tithe to Hell, a human sacrifice, and the seventh year anniversary is rapidly approaching. In order to save everything she holds dear, Janet will have to go to battle with the spellbinding and terrifying queen on Halloween night. Tam Lin prepares her for the ordeal – but can he be trusted? The trials Janet endures at the hands of the Fairy Queen are rich in symbolism and steeped in the wisdom of the Celts. For this is no mere fairy tale, no simplistic story of dark and light, wicked queen and maiden fair. This is a complex and sensual exploration of feminine power in all of its aspects, with some unexpected twists. The Ballad of Tam Lin is a novella based on an ancient folksong from the Scottish Borders. It is the first in Kathleen McGowan’s series, Legends of the Divine Feminine. A non-fiction analysis of the ballad, its origins, and its exquisite preservation of ancient wisdom teachings follows the fiction along with the author’s notes on her years of research into the story and locations. The Ballad of Tam Lin is a profound spiritual and esoteric fable, an illustration of the power of the divine feminine in its multiple guises unlike any other.
About the author
Kathleen McGowan's dynamic publishing career began with the debut of her novel, The Expected One, on the New York Times bestseller list. The sequel, The Book of Love, followed with a similar NY Times bestseller list debut and has developed a fierce cult following around the world. The third novel in the series, The Poet Prince, tells an unprecedented story about the birth of Renaissance art and the secrets hidden in the greatest paintings in history. Kathleen's unique style of historical fiction combines unprecedented field research with inspired storytelling. Her books have sold over a million copies and are published in almost 40 languages while appearing in approximately 80 countries. Kathleen is a dedicated activist, and a portion of her royalties from The Ballad of Tam Lin goes to organizations that protect women and children from the horrors of human trafficking and sexual slavery. She has teamed with Made by Survivors to fund and participate in programs which provide shelter and safety for victims of abuse, and raise awareness of this global epidemic. She shares her time with her husband, Philip Coppens, and her three sons in the US and Europe.
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