Ayn Cates Sullivan, MA, MFA, Ph.D. is an award-winning, Amazon best-selling mystical author. Weaving ancient wisdom traditions together with personal experience, Dr Sullivan focuses on mythology, folklore and envisioning a new humanity. Dr. Sullivan obtained her BA with honors at Hollins University and her master’s and doctorate degrees in Literature from Columbia University and King’s College London. She is the president of Infinite Light Publishing & Media, publishing books for an evolving humanity. Her books include an award-winning children’s series including Sparkle & the Gift, Sparkle & the Light, and three Sparkle Fairy Tale picture books for young children: Kachina’s Rose, Ella’s Magic and Undina’s Spell. Her best-selling fable, A Story of Becoming, won 18 literary awards. Dr Sullivan’s books on Celtic mythology include Legends of the Grail: Stories of Celtic Goddesses and Heroines of Avalon & Other Tales. Her debut novel, Nimue: Finding Merlin, launched in January 2021 with great success. Nimue was featured in Kirkus Reviews and was also selected by Kirkus as one of the Best Books of the Month for June 2021. Ayn Cates Sullivan continues her world service as the host of Wisdom of the Ages on the SuperPower Network with over 2.6 million listeners in 2020.
“Sullivan might have written a fantasy in which her lead throws punches while hunting for relics. Instead, she’s more faithful to Merlin’s complex mythology than to the genre’s tropes. Readers will be reminded of the ways Romans used Christianity to subdue the Druids, who had their own belief system. And while Nimue and Merlin’s romance is intense—they kissed like 'a tsunami crashing onto shore'—it’s just a portion of their lives, not the entirety. After seeing her previous incarnations, Nina comes to realize she’s 'the power of the universe operating as a point in time and space' and that it might be possible to usher in Satya Yuga, the Golden Age, by reconnecting with the natural world.”
– Kirkus Reviews
An American teen discovers her connection to Celtic myth and Arthurian legend in this YA fantasy adventure, the third installment in the Legends of the Grail series.
Seventeen-year-old Nina Liber lives in Manhattan with her mother, Diana, an expert in Celtic mythology. Before their flight to Britain for the summer, Nina dreams of a woman in green who calls her a “Mage” and tells her, “remember who you are.” Diana’s husband, Felix, has been deceased two years, and she’s eager to see her twin brother, Blaise. Nina is skeptical about enjoying sights like Stonehenge and being away from her boyfriend, Owen Pelleas. Once in Hampstead, England, Nina befriends Daphne, her uncle’s occasional flame. Daphne recommends the girl visit Ganieda, a local healer named after Merlin’s sister, to gain peace of mind. Ganieda outlines the relationships between the mythical huntress Diana; her lover, the Roman god Bacchus; and their daughter, Nimue. When she hears of Nina’s dream, she echoes the woman in green by saying, “Mage, it’s time you remember who you are.” Later, a limo takes Nina to a country home called Imworth, where she meets Morgen, the woman from her dream. She tells Nina, “You were Nimue. Only you can find and awaken Merlin” and restore the balance between light and darkness on Earth. Sullivan might have written a fantasy in which her lead throws punches while hunting for relics. Instead, she’s more faithful to Merlin’s complex mythology than to the genre’s tropes. Readers will be reminded of the ways Romans used Christianity to subdue the Druids, who had their own belief system. And while Nimue and Merlin’s romance is intense—they kissed like “a tsunami crashing onto shore”—it’s just a portion of their lives, not the entirety. After seeing her previous incarnations, Nina comes to realize she’s “the power of the universe operating as a point in time and space” and that it might be possible to usher in Satya Yuga, the Golden Age, by reconnecting with the natural world. Lovely black-and-white illustrations by Crow duCray enliven the journey. A glossary is included.
This exuberant fantasy calls on readers to conceive of a loving, balanced world.
Pub Date: Jan. 7, 2021
Page count: 340pp
Publisher: Infinite Light Publishing
Review Posted Online: March 18, 2021
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2021
Top Female Author of the Year
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I am a full time author, publisher and podcaster.
NIMUE: FREEING MERLIN: Kirkus Star
Heroines of Avalon & Other Tales: IPPY, Nautilus, Indie Reader Discovery Award, COVR, 2019
Legends of the Grail: Stories of Celtic Goddesses: CIPA, Beverly Hills, eLit, Pinnacle, Top Shelf, 2018Book Reviews of Legends of the Grail Series Awards for Legends of the Grail series Interviews with author Ayn Cates Sullivan Wisdom of the Ages podcast with host Ayn Cates Sullivan
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