In the tradition of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon, Ellen Evert Hopman weaves Druid history and spirituality into an engaging love story. This Bardic teaching tale is set in a fictional third-century Ireland when Christianity is sweeping across the Celtic Isles. During this time of crisis, love blooms between Ethne, a Druid healer, and her patient, a Fennid warrior. Their passionate affair suffers a tragic blow when Ethne is called upon to become the high queen.
Told from the Druid perspective, Hopman recreates the daily life, magical practices, politics, and spiritual lives of the ancient Celts during this historic turning point. Druid holy days, rites, rituals, herbal lore, and more are brought to life in this Celtic fantasy—illuminating Druidic teachings and cultural wisdom.
"A fascinating and romantic historical novel rooted in the author's deep knowledge of Celtic Druidism."—Isaac Bonewits, ArchDruid emeritus of Ar nDraiocht Fein (A Druid Fellowship)
"A lively tale of ancient Druids and Irish warriors based on substantial research into Celtic history and tradition. While set in a richly imagined ancient Ireland, Priestess of the Forest: A Druid Journey offers an intriguing vision of a Druid path with lessons to teach the modern world."—John Michael Greer, Grand ArchDruid, Ancient Order of Druids in America
"From the very beginning I was drawn into this story and found myself mesmerized by it. It is a tale which rings with sincerity, warmth, color, and depth."—Philip Carr-Gomm, Chosen Chief of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids
"An authentically human tale of love, hope, and survival. Once I started reading, I was held captive until the very last page."—Christopher A. LaFond, Druid Harper and professor of languages, Boston College
"Wisewomen and clever men are in for a treat in this magnificent book; another thread in the re-weaving of our sacred wisdom."—Susun Weed, wisewoman, herbalist, and author
"[A] beautiful expression of [Hopman's] life drenched in the smells and songs of the herbs that are important to her craft."—The Druid Network
"Hopman's ability to incorporate moving and beautiful examples of ritual into the narrative without too much disruption demonstrates a nascent talent for blending historical scholarship, modern practice and individual inspiration into effective story-telling."—Bond of Druids: A Druid Journal
"This narrative is a beautiful glance back at pagan culture, Druidic practices and rituals, and daily Celtic life."—Historical Novels Review
"I highly recommend this book equally to readers who are new to the Celtic tradition as well as those who practice Druidism or related earth-based spirituality."—Inner Tapestry Holistic Journal