How did this book come about? It is soon told. I read the Irish sagas of the Ulster cycle for the first time, and found myself delighted by the many well-drawn female characters. It seemed to me that the closest mythic parallel in the West is Homer’s Odyssey, which includes Circe, Calypso, Nausicaa, Queen Arete, Helen, and Penelope. So vivid are the female characters in the Odyssey that they have inspired theories of female authorship, yet to the modern reader, the omniscient narrator’s masculine perspective is clear enough. Likewise, in the Irish saga, the presence of powerful women is thrilling, but it goes hand-in-hand with an aristocratic, patriarchal point of view that sees every woman first and foremost as mistress, wife or daughter to a man.
In this tale too, a singular hero binds together a group of women. Yet I hope that my story enlivens the female characters of the saga by suggesting that although Cúchulainn enters the sphere of each woman for a time, she has a life and interests of her own, both before his hero-light blazes like a comet across her sky, and after it inevitably fades.
In the time of Christ, in the still-pagan land of Éire, there lived a hero named Cúchulainn, known to the warriors of Ulster as the Hound of Culann. Like Achilles, he was fated to die young, yet his glorious deeds would resound through history. This is the story of the women he knew.
It’s also the story of Tabitha Hill, a woman of the twenty-first century, who unexpectedly finds a hero of the Iron Age invading her dreams…
Lisa @ cheergerm said:
Oh, good teaser LM!
Thank you! I think this will be a fun one 🙂 But long. It has 60 chapters.
Oh, hold on , I am only copping on now – this is your next serialised fiction? Yay!!! With a vaguely Irish theme? I can’t wait!!!!!
Wonderful! I hope you’ll like it. It’s as Irish as I could make it. The description is rather epic and serious, but I have some funny bits in it too.
That sounds great. And well, you have been here, so you do have some experience with the Irish 😉 As long as they are not always drunk and ginger-haired, everything’s fine 🙂
LOL. Cúchulainn’s charioteer is a ginger-haired fellow 🙂 It says so in the sagas, which were my source material for the ancient part of the story. But all they have is mead, so they don’t get that drunk.
Begorrah, am I glad to hear that, aye… 😉
so this will have many chapters then, right? Since this chap certainly knew a few women 😉 Very much looking forward to this!
I expect it to last a year if I do one per week. The chapters are somewhat uneven in length, because I didn’t plan for serialization. And yes, Cúchulainn is quite the lad 🙂