The Druid

by Jeff Wheeler

An abandoned child becomes a singular inspiration to the mythology of Muirwood in an epic series by Jeff Wheeler, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Muirwood and Kingfountain novels.

Eilean was born a “wretched”—a lowly foundling raised by the Aldermaston of Tintern Abbey. Then she’s chosen to assist in establishing the new abbey of Muirwood, now the site of a castle in the swampy Bearden Muir. Eilean’s role is as night servant to the druid Mordaunt, the king’s exiled advisor—and prisoner. He’s clever, dangerous, and invaluable to the Aldermaston.

Mordaunt’s priceless secret: the hiding place of an ancient tome that reveals the existence of other worlds and the magic between them. Mordaunt knows how potent its words are and how dangerous they could be in the wrong hands. But can Eilean win him over? All she must do is gain Mordaunt’s confidence and trust and persuade the apostate to divulge his secret to her. But as she learns more from Mordaunt, Eilean’s loyalties begin to fray. And the risks are greater than she imagined.

Despite betrayals, deceptions, and the deadly motivations of others, a girl from the flax fields is about to rise above her station. By exploring the potential of the power of an ancient spoken magic, Eilean is coming into her own.

My take

I try to read books from a variety of cultures and viewpoints and in my (reading) world white, male, overtly Christian authors are rare. I kept seeing Jeff Wheeler’s books show up in Amazon sale lists and kept confusing him with James Maxwell for some reason. (Maxwell’s books I’ve read and liked.) Anyway, I finally decided to take a chance on The Druid since it was on sale. It was better than I expected. Not as preachy as I feared it might be, interesting characters, and I may just read the sequel when it comes out. Or seek out more of his books, when/if my current pile gets smaller.