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  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.com (1 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445250039
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445250038
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,753,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elen Sentier was born on Dartmoor and grew up on Exmoor. She now lives, with her husband, cats and a host of wildlife in the back of beyond by the river Wye, in the Welsh Marches, where she writes magic/mystery/romance novels as well as books on British native shamanism. When not writing she may be found walking the wilds, painting, spinning, weaving and knitting, cooking up hedgerow brews and gardening. And reading!

She comes from a long family lineage in the British native tradition and lived her early childhood years on Dartmoor learning the old ways from her father, uncles, aunts and neighbours. Her dad was an engineer and amateur historian-cum-archaeologist, he took her all over the moor playing and telling her the stories of the wonderful ancient places on the moor. One of her uncles was a woodsman, he could call a wild falcon down to his fist or sit with an adder twined around his wrist. Another uncle was a smallholder, he would carry a ball of swarmed bees in his bare hands.

When she was eight years old her dad's engineering job moved him from south to north Devon so Elen came to live on the edge of Exmoor. As well as her dad and other relations their next-door neighbour was the village midwife and healer who also did the laying out of the dead. Elen learned herb lore, healing and lyke-lore (the ways of the dead) from her. Her aunt owned the village sacred well, and others in the village who walked the old path took her to participate in the old seasonal rituals, like the Night of the Mothers and calling the land spirits with the harness-bells before ploughing. Ploughing continued in the village up to the late 1960s.

Her mother's mother was a witch from the Isle of Mann. Her dad's family were connected with Annie Besant, Rudolf Steiner, and with the Theosophical Society through her grandmother's cousin, Ursula Bright. Ursula bought the Benares Centre for the Society and Ursula's daughter, Esther, was the close friend of Annie Besant.

Elen studied dance, drama and art at university but decided she wasn't good enough to make a career out of it so she went on to work for the MOD, first as a finance officer and then as a computer engineer and software designer. In her spare time she continued dancing ... working as a demonstrator for a friend who taught for Arlene Phillips at the London Pineapple. After a successful twenty-year career with the MOD she changed horses to train as a transpersonal psychotherapist with Ian Gordon-Brown and Barbara Somers, she then developed a flourishing practice in London specialising in dream-work.

Elen has walked the shaman path all her life and made many friends including C Maxwell Cade, Rose Gladden, Colin Bloy, Paul Devereux, Michael Poynder, Tom Graves, Hamish Miller, Vicky Wall, Theo Gimbel, Lilla Bek, Caitlin and John Matthews, June Kent, Suzi Crockford, Ros Simons. She also studied Alice Bailey's work for seven years and found it very valuable. Elen never stops learning with the land, the spirits of place and otherworld as well as with people. There is always more to learn ... our pre-historic ancestors were quite amazingly knowing, knowledgeable and refined people and gave us wonderful ways which we can rediscover if we wish. As she says, there just aren't enough hours in the day to fit everything in!


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Moon Song' is a fascinating tale full of magic, mystery, and music that enchants the reader into turning page after page. Not the usual love story, nor ever exactly what the reader expects, this book will keep you reading late into the night following that ephemeral moon path. --Morgan Daimler, author of Murder Between the Worlds & Where the Hawthorn Grows --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Elen Sentier is a spirit keeper and taleweaver from a long family lineage. She was born on Dartmoor, grew up on the edge of Exmoor and now lives with her husband, cats and a host of wildlife in the Welsh Marches where she writes and teaches British native shamanism. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Turner VINE VOICE on 5 Feb. 2013
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I really liked this book, and bought it because I already had 'The Owl Woman' by Elen Sentier in paperback. It is a simple story, well told, of Isolde, her new love Mark, and Tristan, Mark's mentor and friend, a musician who killed himself before his time. Together the three must follow the moonpath and bring Tristan back to complete the moon song of the title. They are aided in their quest by the faery folk, and - well, if you want to know more, you'll have to read the book! The characters are believable, even though the story is fantasy, Sentier reminds me very much of Terri Windling, putting well formed characters into surreal situations, and the tale is told with heart. Set in Cornwall, there's magic and mystery aplenty, and it is a good story to curl up with on a chilly winter day. I am looking forward to the next novel by Ms Sentier, as she is becoming one of my 'go to' authors.
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A rich, warm-hearted romance steeped in magic and mythology, ‘Moon Song’ is a love story, an echo of the timeless romance of the traditional, twelfth-century tale of Tristan and Isuelt, itself often regarded as an inspiration for the Arthurian romance of Lancelot and Guinevere.

Rich in detail, the prose is sensual, with Isolde, the main female character, dreaming in scenes of Medieval France and Persia, and walking between worlds with such mythological characters as Olwen and Rhiannon from The Mabinogion. However the situation conjured up for the characters is of a practical nature, set in modern-day Cornwall and concerned with contemporary issues.

Isolde finds herself compelled to follow her Tristan to the Isle of the Dead, on the Moonpath to find the Moon Song, which he has left behind for her. She is assisted in this task by his brother, also now her new lover, Mark.

The narrative reads in a flowing and easy-to-follow style; the story is effortlessly conveyed through the conversation of its main protagonists with numerous references to celtic culture and mythology.
The individuals appearing fully immersed in their own magical worlds, thus persuading the reader of the authenticity of their experiences.

The author effortlessly conjures up a colourful world where fantasy merges with reality, a juicy, sensual treat for the romance reader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AlB on 2 Jun. 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As well as a beautiful story of love and loss, it captures the wildness of it's Westcountry setting. Gently weaving myth and magic into modern life it offers the reader an escape from 'reality' and window into the other worlds. It definately joins my library of british fantasy writers. The cover doesn't quite hint at the characters hidden within.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Ashby on 4 Jun. 2014
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Moon Song is a beautiful, subtle and illuminating retelling of the Tristan / Isolde / Mark triangle, set in a modern Britain suffused with the power and presence of the spirits of the land. Elen Sentier writes with wit and insight about love, commitment, music and living with honesty and openness. Great cats (again) too!
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A well paced and easy read. If you are interested in nature and stories of the fae - this is a story which may remind you of childhood tales but is very much told to you as an adult ........... The author's sense of 'knowing' and the way in which the characters relate to other-world is educative at the same time as being enjoyable. I will no doubt be re-reading it again before long and I expect as with all good books of this sort - I'll learn something new on my next reading too .......... Oh and I love Gideon!
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By annie on 17 Jun. 2014
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A beautifully simple retelling of Tristan and Isolde set in modern Devon. I love the way Elen Sentier vividly portrays the liminal realm of the Fae in a way that only One who has made frequent forays is able to and guides us on a dizzy moon-struck journey where the boundary between Otherworld and this blurs to such an extent that I am left breathless and spellbound!
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