First Term at Four Hallows: Book Two of the Celydon Saga (Volume 2)

 
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The second book of the Celydon Saga and the adventures of Emily Glass at Four Hallows Academy in the land of Prydein. Thrust studdenly into a magical school full of druid children, Emily must learn her own strengths while grappling with a strange plot surrounding her grandfather's alchemical notebook.

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I have written two magical books under his Druidic pen-name, Alferian Gwydion MacLir.  Those are the very well-received "Wandlore" and the forthcoming (Fall 2015) "The Witch's Wand." I am also a wandmaker in my spare time and host the web site Bardwood.com.  The Celydon Saga is based on my practice and study of Druidry.  It is a series of magical school stories based on real magic rather than fantasy, and set in an alternative future earth in which the Druids never lost their primacy over the religious and intellectual life of Britain and her empire.  The first two books of the Celydon Saga  -- "House of Glass" and "First Term at Four Hallows"  are written with a teenage audience in mind, as the heroine of the books is a teenager attending a druid prep school in the Yorkshire Dales.  Light-hearted and full of little allusions to other books and to history, this is a different and perhaps more old-fashioned sort of series. It has more in common with the old Nancy Drew series or Elinor Brent-Dyer's Chalet School series than with "The Hunger Games" or "Twilight."  Harry Potter fans will find it of interest because it is in the same genre of "school stories" with magic in them, but in the case of the Celydon books, a more complex and rich relationship to our actual Western magical traditions.I have also focussed more on the good in the world than on the bad things because I like books of that sort, the Jules Vernean adventure story in which the characters meet the natural world and other humans with all the possibilities of danger or success, friendship or friction that real relationships and situations offer.  There is also a bit of the Vernean didacticism in my work, but it is not so much to teach about ordinary materialist science as it is to teach about the science of magery, or as the Druids of my story call it: essential physics.  I write the sort of books I like: with elements of fantasy, but not "supernatural" and not focussed on teen (or adult) angst and self-destruction.  They are also more tales of character than simple adventure, that is, the series format allows me to follow my characters as they age and evolve through their experiences.

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James W. Maertens, Writer, Wizard, and Seeker of Adventure, lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his family and familiar cat, Minerva. He is a Freemason, Druid, gardener, independent scholar, and wandmaker. A scholar of fantasy literature, Dr. Maertens holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Maertens has published numerous papers and reviews, some of which you will find on his website (bardwood.com) if you look hard enough. His 2011 book Wandlore: The Art of Crafting the Ultimate Magical Tool published under his druidical pen name, Alferian Gwydion MacLir, has been widely received as the seminal study of the wandmaking art.

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