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Celtic myth&historical fact combining to make great fiction
on 21 April 1999
This is a book that stays with you! I read this book just the once, 10 years ago, and it has been a part of me ever since. The story centres around the life of a Celtic girl, Epona. We witness her growing understanding of herself as she develops into womanhood in the tribe and begins to become more aware of certain gifts (namely Druidic powers)that she holds. Her life changes with the death of her father and as she fights against the growing pressure to devote her life to becoming a druid. Eventually to escape the unwanted demands being placed on her, she flees her settlement, escaping with a group of Russian traders. We then follow her journey across the lands and into a new world. Needless to say the story doesn't end there, but I don't want to spoil any more of the gripping plot for you, so I won't go into any more details. Suffice to say that it will keep you enthralled. The book however is so much more than just being an excellent work of fiction. When I read it I thought that was all there was to it. Even so it did instill in me a fascination for the Celtic culture which has remained ever since. When on holiday in Austria shortly afterwards I heard of an old Celtic town, Hallstatt, which was also famous for its ancient salt mines, I began to get very excited. A Celtic settlement at the foot of a salt mountain with the waters of a misty lake lapping at its shores brought back distinct memories of the book I had just read. As I discovered more and more in the town I realised that this, without a doubt, had been used as the basis of the Celtic settlement in the book. As I have learned more about Celtic history over the years I have discovered of course that the Hallstatt Celts were one of the most significant eras and places of Celtic dominence. As for Epona, she has her place in Celtic lore too - she was indeed the Horse Goddess, one of the revered celtic deities, worshipped by many, including other famous Celtic figures such as Boudicca and her Iceni tribe. This is the story that creates her life for us, merging fact, fiction and myth together in a mystical and fascinating way.