Starting from the island of Barra, this adventure story travels through time and space, weaving fiction and fantasy with real historical figures. It captures the timelessness and magic of the isles. Alex, a young musician and poet, is caught up in the much darker tale of a monk and his associates through the ages, and in four different parts of the world. In the meantime, Alex’s girlfriend Marie is left behind . . . while Alex has a Viking princess to occupy his thoughts. The story explores human nature and human error, unfolding around a mystery of identity gradually revealed through a riddle. Who is the mysterious monk?
As Alex and his companions confront their personal demons their lives acquire spiritual depth and validity. The fantastical elements of the story add a lighter touch while enabling the characters to slip through the boundaries of time and space. Celtic history and legend provide the background for this exploration of human nature, while Biblical allusions form its spiritual context. The ending is left open for Alex to continue his adventures in another tale . . . and one day, perhaps, find out why the monk chose him in the first place.
Published: 30 March 2016
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