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Windsmith: The Windsmith Elegy: 2 [Paperback]

Kevan Manwaring
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29 Feb 2012
After being sucked through a portal in No Man's Land during the First World War Battle of Mons, Royal Flying Corps observer Kerne finds himself in another world, fighting for his life against his unpredictable pilot. Modern weapons of war have been introduced to the Bronze Age realm of the ancestors with devastating results. Kerne must learn the Way of the Windsmith - a magician of sacred sound who can summon winds - with the help of Merlin, his feathered guide, if he is to stop his power-mad companion. The power of words is set against the power of swords in a deadly battle for control of Shadow World, Earth's symbiotic twin. War comes to the Afterlands of the ancestors, and only one of the airmen can live if both worlds are not to be torn apart by their anomalous presence.


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Awen Publications (29 Feb 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1906900310
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906900311
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,890,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kevan Manwaring is a writer, teacher and storyteller who lives in the Cotswold town of Stroud. Holder of an MA in the Teaching and Practice in Creative Writing from Cardiff University, he teaches creative writing for the Open University and the world-renowned Skyros Writers' Lab. He also runs freelance courses in storytelling and various aspects of the writing process to a wide variety of students. As a professional storyteller he has appeared in numerous shows both solo and with Fire Springs, both in Britain and abroad (USA, Italy, Germany, Greece and Malta). He is the author of The Bardic Handbook, The Way of Awen, Lost Islands, and The Windsmith Elegy. In 2010 he was a Writer-in-Residence at El Gouna, a resort on the Red Sea, Egypt, where he worked on The Burning Path - the 4th volume of his 5 volume fantasy novel series. His latest works include two collections of folk tales for The History Press, and a forthcoming non-fiction book: Desiring Dragons - creativity, imagination and the writer's quest. He is available for author signings, talks, workshops & performances.

Author website: www.kevanmanwaring.co.uk

Fiction series: www.windsmithelegy.com

Small press: www.awenpublications.co.uk

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About the Author

Kevan Manwaring is a writer, teacher and storyteller who lives in Stroud. Holder of an MA in the Teaching and Practice in Creative Writing from Cardiff University, he teaches creative writing for the Open University and Skyros Writers Lab. He also runs freelance courses in storytelling and various aspects of the writing process to a wide variety of students. As a professional storyteller he has appeared in numerous shows both solo and with Fire Springs, both in Britain and abroad (USA, Italy, Germany and Malta). He is the author of Turning the Wheel, The Bardic Handbook, Lost Islands, the ongoing Windsmith books and his poems and articles have appeared in several magazines and anthologies. In 2010 he was a Writer-in-Residence at El Gouna, a resort on the Red Sea, Egypt, where he worked upon the fourth volume of The Windsmith Elegy, The Burning Path. He is currently working on commissions for The History Press and Compass Books, as well as a screenplay or two. The final volume of The Windsmith Elegy - The Wounded Kingdom - is due out Winter 2012 and a tour is planned. Visit: www.windsmithelegy.com

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Journey through the Otherworld 22 Sep 2012
By Lorna
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'Windsmith' charts the journey of Isambard Kerne, an observor on a bi-plane during the first world war through a vortex into the Shadow World (the Earth's symbiotic twin) and his adventures there. Following a period spent in the Void Kerne finds himself in the midst of a bronze age civilisation engaged in war with an iron age people, with the pilot of his bi-plane leading the enemy army. To defeat Harry 'Mad Duck' Mallard who has become Taranis (speaks-with-thunder) Isambard must learn the path of the bard / windsmith.

What I found most striking was the depiction of the disruptive effect of the first world war on the Shadow World. Here figures from Celtic Myth, often viewed as gods, such as Ogmios and Brigantia are not presented as immortal archetypes, but powerful yet mortal humans whose lives are threatened by the arrival of 'Taranis.' Through clever reworkings of the story of the Gundestrup Cauldron and origin of the Ogham alphabet Kevan creates a story that puts our everybody conceptions of the past, causality and relationship to the afterlife into question. Kerne's quest provides powerful insight into the transformative processes that make a bard, and the discovery of one's Awen.

My main criticism of this book is that are a huge number of characters, which in some places I found confusing. I suspect it would be more confusing for somebody without any knowledge of Celtic myth. In contrast to the first book in this series 'The Long Woman' the focus remains on Maud's experiences and self development, at some points I felt the building of the world and number of events overshadowed Kerne's journey.
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