A FAIR STREAM OF SILVER by Ann Moray

A FAIR STREAM OF SILVER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Bright and shining are these love stories from the lore of Ireland, Wales, Scotland, the Hebridean and Shetland Isles, and Brittany. They weave a spell as they tell of mortal and fairy love, of visits to the Beautiful People, of valor and devotion. Foremost among the stories from the ancient Irish manuscripts is that of Etain, daughter of Fairy Kind Aylill, conceived again in a mortal womb, and loved by a fairy and mortal lover. Then there is the Shetland lad Andrew Moir who lives seven years with the Seal People and rescues a serving maiden for his bride. In Brittany Lisabel is forced into marriage with Avoez, Governor of Lanascol, who imprisons her for Jealousy and murders her gosshawk lover, but the son of love rises to avenge his father's death. Each lore has its own ambience: the Irish is all lovely lilt, the Scottish a poetry too, at times marred by a more prosaic telling; the story out of. Brittany takes a sterner turn. They are the cloth of dreams, visions, enchantments. Thirteen is a number with magic to it; here its incantation is all benevolence and grace.

Pub Date: Dec. 8th, 1965
Publisher: Morrow