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The Mountain of Marvels: A Celtic Tale of Magic (Ancient Fantasy Book 1) by [Shepard, Aaron]
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About the Author

Aaron Shepard and Anne L. Watson are a husband and wife writing team. Aaron is the award-winning author of many retellings of folktales and world classics for young readers. His books include The Legend of Lightning Larry and The Sea King's Daughter. Anne is a novelist. They live in Olympia, Washington.

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The next day, after the midday meal, Pwyll said to Manawydan, "Let
us walk again on the mount. But this time, we'll bring my horse along."

So once more they climbed the mount. And they had not sat long when they
saw the same lady, in the same dress and veil, on the same horse, on the
same road, coming at the same slow, steady pace.

Pwyll speedily mounted his horse, but as he reached the foot of the mount,
she was already riding past the spot. Then he let his horse prance after,
thinking to easily overtake her. When he did not, he gave his horse the
rein. It began to trot, yet fell even farther behind. Then he spurred it to
a gallop -- but at its greatest speed, it lost more ground than ever. And
still the lady rode no faster than a walk.

At last his horse began to fail, and he called out, "Lady, in the name of
the man you hold dearest, please halt."

"I will," she said. "And for the sake of your horse, you could have asked
it sooner."


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1342 KB
  • Print Length: 46 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Skyhook Press (10 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002M3SXQG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #370,995 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The cover of this book is awesome. I had some problems pronoucing the names of the people in this book; even though the book showed us how to do it. I have to tell you this book is super cool. I liked it when Rhiannon was riding her horse and King Pwyll saw her and rode to meet her. Her horse just walked along slowly. No matter how fast Pwyll pushed his horse to run faster he could not catch her. She was riding slow but kept getting further ahead of him.

I loved the whole medieval period and the spells that were cast in this story. I am going to give this book a five star rating. I like reading story's from other countries. We do not have stories like this here in the U.S.A.

I just turned eleven today. I think this book would be good for kids eleven and up. I am on honor roll all the time so this story was not really hard for me to read and understand. It might be harder for younger kids to read.

Thank you for writing this book and showing kids a different kind of story and time frame from a different country.

Brandon Heptinstall--11
Ny grandma (Sandra Heptinstall) for helping me to type this. Don't ask her, her age. She will only tell you that she is older than dirt.
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I applaud all efforts to popularize the old Welsh tales, especially ones that go beyond Arthur and Merlin. There are a number of wonderful works that incorporate the most well-known stories, including Susan Cooper's "Dark is Rising" series, Jenny Nimmo's "Magician Trilogy", Lloyd Alexander's "Chronicles of Prydain", and stand-alones like Fisher's "Darkhenge". That said, it's very hard to find an accessible Mabinogion, much less one aimed at middle grade readers.

This book, although brief and although representing just a small part of the Mabinogion, is a wonderful place to start. Mr. Shepard has done a commendable job of distilling what are, after all, fragments and pieces of stories, into a reasonably coherent tale. He has also done a nice job of preserving the feel and flow of the tales while modernizing the language and shaping the narrative.

And remember, these are basically 800+ year old versions of the same fantasy/quest/magic stories that fill the middle grade shelves now. That's pretty cool, (even for people who, unlike me, never wanted to name their daughter Bloudwedd).

So, if you want a nice, tight, entertaining and understandable intro to the world of Welsh/Celtic myth, this is a great find.
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Very Celtic in origin and like most tales of this nature - a most pleasant read... the authors note at the end is also interesting. His chronological theory appears to be well founded.
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