Today I'm so happy to have my good friend Juli D. Revezzo paying a visit to my blog. She has a guest post I'm sure my readers will enjoy, all about druid magic. Be sure to check out her new release, Druid Warrior's Heart.
The druids magic of Druid Warrior’s Heart
by Juli D. Revezzo
Druid Warrior’s Heart is the second book in my Celtic Stewards Chronicles series. The book follows a warrior, sent by the Tuatha dé Danaan (the Irish gods of legend) to protect Ruth Macken, caretaker of a property they want for their upcoming battle (one that takes place every 500 years. Hence the term harshad*). Their legend has come down to Ruth through the stories her family has told for how many millennia, she’s not sure. When tragedy strikes her family, she finds the warriors and their druids waiting. Marsha asked me here to explain more about their druids and their magic.
Our history shows that druids were a learned strata in Celtic society. They handled matters as far reaching as law, astronomy, medicine, keeping history, and religious rites for their people. To master these subjects, your average druid would spend twenty years studying these subjects and more including, according to some historians, magic. When I wrote the first volume in the Celtic Stewards Chronicles I decided to play on the magic I’d granted them in order to fight their harshad wars, and really grew to love them. So in Druid Warrior’s Heart, the second book in the series, I decided to see what the druids might’ve done in their earlier days. Enter Cyreth.
When we first met her, she was an old woman; but here, going backwards 500 years, I found her just coming out of her druidic training, when she and the hero Isaac encounter Ruth. And boy does Ruth need help! Every time they turn around, the poor woman is attacked by monsters, and men. So right off the bat, Cyreth’s healing powers are called for. She also must strengthen a barrier the gods have already place around Ruth’s land.
Not only that, but Ruth’s a bit stubborn. When another threat looms, the hero, Isaac, tells Ruth to stay inside and away from trouble. The first thing she does is head for the doors. Cyreth pulls a trick and locks the house tight, keeping Ruth from leaving.
Don’t ask me how she does all this. I’m not the druid and Cyreth—stubbornly—lives up to the druid’s reputation of keeping their information seekrit. Yep. She won’t share the magic words with me. *glares*
She also has a knack for telling stories that live in the reader’s mind as she speaks. One night, Cyreth recites her work-in-progress, a poem of a long ago battle, and Ruth can actually see the battle taking place. Now that trick, I think we’d all love to know. J Nope. She’s not telling that one, either.
Ruth too has her own magic in that she can bring a dying plant back to life, and has visions. Part of her status as the steward of the sacred ground. But that’s nothing compared to Cyreth’s skills. For instance how exactly did they know Ruth was *the one*? Well, it has a little bit to do with astrology and a science that was very much unknown in our world in 1513, Ruth’s DNA. So to that society that knowledge would’ve seemed magic. There are other divine markers she interprets, as well. For instance, Ruth’s scar, that wouldn’t ya know it? Just happens to take a shape similar to a tattoo her hero Isaac had gotten who knows how long ago. Given the two, Ruth’s magic or Cyreth’s? I’d love to know all Cyreth’s secrets, wouldn’t you?
Cyreth uses all this to help protect Ruth, bolster Isaac in his battle against Balor and his minions, and further and foster Ruth and Isaac’s budding love. I have a few more books in mind for this series, so I hope, by the end we’ll know all the magic secrets of Cyreth and the other harshad druids.
If you’d like to read more about Druid Warrior’s Heart, here’s the synopsis:
As the latest in her family’s long line of Stewards, Ruth Macken awaits the arrival of a warrior sworn to the Tuatha dé Danaan, the Celtic gods her family has served since the beginning of time. For on that day, a magical battle will erupt. A war between druids and an evil that will decide the fate of mankind.
Isaac Connel knows the battle is imminent, and is ready to fight, once again but from the moment he sees Ruth flitting around the sacred ground, he’s captivated by her fiery charms and a need to protect her.
Despite Isaac’s assurances and the dreams that guide her, what can Ruth and her lover do to drive off this evil? Despite everything, will the world end at the hands of an evil god?
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(**A harshad number is a number divisible by the sum of its digits…for instance, 500.)
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