Dark Birthright

Treat, Jeanne

Published by Bruce & Bruce, Inc., 2006
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Synopsis: It's 1619 in Scotland, a time of intolerance, when healers are hanged as witches. A child born of mysterious parentage is given to fisher folk to raise as their son. Dughall grows up in a family bound by love and morality, becomes a healer, and displays psychic abilities. His life is torn apart when he's claimed by his real father, a cruel and powerful lord who tries to mold him in his image. Dughall must define himself, in the midst of a struggle between an Earl, a Duke, and the family who wants him back...

Dark Birthright is a story reflecting the political, religious, and cultural dynamics of 17th century Scotland. The novel is the first book in a trilogy. It is followed by Dark Lord and Dark Destiny.

From the Back Cover: The vision that moved me to write this book...
I walked barefoot along a bay through sand hills and grasses, feeling the power of the wind and sea.  In the light of the moon, I crossed a rocky beach and began the steep climb up a cliff side path. My soul belonged in this place.  I was sure of it, though there was no recognition of the rows of stone cottages above or the body that carried me to the top.  I was pure consciousness, moving through a landscape like an animal, without love or hate or fear or judgment. 
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The cliffs were a blend of red and black rock, dotted with patches of heather and thistle.  Sea gulls cried raucously and flew landward as a storm rolled in from the south, bringing thunder and lightning and cold rain.  It felt like home.  On an outcrop of rock overlooking the sea, my dark curls rose into the air with the wind and spray.  I looked down and stretched my fingers, marveling at the fairness of my skin and the hair on the back of my hands.  Flexing the muscles in my arms and back, I felt the power of a young man's body.  "Ahhh."  My voice was deep and resonant and definitely male.  As I gazed below at the wild waters and treacherous rocks, I was glad to be back in the flesh.
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The vision faded and left me with a burning desire, like the longing of a river to merge with the sea.  Deep in my heart, I knew that I must find this place and write its story.  So began a two year trek that took me to seaports, castles, and sacred sites in Scotland, and tested my moral and spiritual beliefs.  More than a dozen Seventeenth Century Scots lived in my head, guiding my pen.  It was a madate from beyond the veil.

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Title: Dark Birthright
Publisher: Bruce & Bruce, Inc.
Publication Date: 2006
Binding: PAPERBACK
Illustrator: Jane Star Weils
Book Condition: Good

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