Nuall-an-Aich

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Fantasy Realm

Featured Review on this writing by Robert Helliger

Nuall-an-Aich (pron: Noo-al an ish) is book two of the Dark Shee trilogy. Sequel to Shee-an Bro. Cu macTire, the Druid comes to terms with sacrificing his step father. He goes on a journey of self-discovery, travelling to the mysterious Isle of shadows. Meanwhile the macRatha Brothers, who are triplets. travel north to the Wild Lands of the Tuatha De Danaan (pron Toowa day dawn awn) and the village of Nuall-An-Aich, home to the warrior woman, Belisana Argetlamh, Half-sister to Cu macTire, where a great dark evil has been awakened. The brothers, with Belisana must set out on a perilous quest if they are to stand any chance against the dark forces that lurk in the surrounding forest of Nuall-an-Aich.
Note: It is advised to read the last chapter, 'A Glossary' Before reading this novel. It highlights important information about the Fantasy world in which this story is set and also has a nice snazzy digital Map of the Northern Wildlands for you to admire!

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Contains, mild to moderate fantasy type violence, blood and gore.

Table of Contents

The Awakening


The children of darkness have congregated in their unholy stone circle on the outskirts of Nuall-an-Aich, under the scrutiny of their goddess. A sacrifice is needed to seal their loyalty to her.
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An unexpected visitor


The Druid, Cu Mactire, tormented and mourning the death of his adopted father, Deargal, Arch Druid of the Eastern Clans, has an unexpected visit from his Warrior friend, Oenghus the Bear.
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childhood memories


Cu Mactire reminisces with Oenghus, on how they became friends as children.
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Haunted by nightmares


Cu Mactire awakes from his recurring nightmares, he must understand them if he is to conquer the fears that they bring.
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The Northern Wildlands


In the Northern Wildlands, something dark is stirring the woods surrounding, the village of Nuall-an -Aich. The King consults his Druid advisor on a course on action.
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The Hunt Begins


Niall and Fergus Macratha prepare to join in the culling of the Wolfpacks that inhabit Nuadha Forest.
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A guiding light in the darkness


Cu Mactire the Druid returns to the tomb of heroes at Dun Morhaig to retrieve his broken sidhe spear.
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Belisana Argetlamh


Belisana, the half-sister of Cu Mactire and Daughter of Cernunnos the Sidhe Forest god, goes skinny dipping and is reminded of a childhood trauma.
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Lughnasad: The Harvest Festival


The Macratha brothers are enjoying the harvest festival in the village of Nuall an Aich and join in a game of Hurley.
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The Oilean na ndraiothe (The Isle of Druids)


Cu Mactire travels to the sacred Isle of Druids to find answers to the questions that are haunting him, once there he reminisces about his first love and visits a dear old friend.
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Suil na hintinne (Mindwalking)


Cu Mactire enters the realm of the dead, in search of his foster father's spirit.
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Redemption


Cu Mactire finds the spirit of his foster father and learns of a new threat threatening the peace of the land of Tir Dhuchais.
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Amhran an Mac-tire: Wolfsong, part 1


Something stirs in the night! Wolfsong fills the forest surrounding the village of Nuall-an Aich
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Amhran an Mac-tire: Wolfsong, part 2


the moon is full, the Wolves sing their song and death comes to Nuall-an Aich
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Innis Scatha (The Isle of Scatha)


Cu Mactire sails south toward the mist shrouded Isle of the Warrior Queen, Scatha.
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Sibling rivalry


The Macratha brothers come to blows as the influence of Ferthanthus on Fergus begins.
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A Warrior Druid is born


In his death-state, Cu Mactire encounters Morriwen in the realm of the gods and finds out a secret from their liaison. Retuning to Scatha, Cu learns the art of fighting from the Warrior Queen
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The Broken Circle


Belisana is quested by Cernunnos, to seek out the lost tomb of her ancestor and retrieve his Sidhe sword to help defeat, Ferthanthus.
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Emain Macha


Belisana with the Warrior brothers, Niall and Cian Macratha travel north toward the tomb of her ancestor Nuadha Argetlamh to retrieve Nuadha's Legendary Sidhe forged blade, Glaid na Solais-the Sun
Sword.
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The Traitor


Belisana has retrieved the Glaid na Solais, the sun-sword from the tomb of Nuadha, but has now to face a new threat awaiting her and the MacRatha brothers outside.
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An Tur Gloine (The Glass Tower)


Belisana, Niall and Cian track Fergus to the edge of the World, where they meet an otherworldly guide to take them, beyond the edge of the World.
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Balor Suille na Nimhe (Balor of the Evil Eye


A helmet sat upon his misshapen head, as big as a cauldron. The right side of his head bulged out in a lumpy protuberance, to house his evil, poisonous eye, hidden beneath a thick wrinkled,
leathery eyelid.
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The Sad Tale of Lady Ceolbind


Cu Mactire reaches the top of the Glass tower to retrieve the glaid na solais, the Sunsword, and there they discover a shocking surprise.
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The Walls of Dun Banbha


Rí Domnirix felt sick, he gritted his teeth and unsheathed his sword and drew his axe from his belt and bellowed, ‘Shieldwall!’
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The Third Battle of Magh Moytura


The final chapter! The Clan Dorchadas led by the Moon Wolf, Ferthanthus have overrun the fortress of Dun Banbha. It is down to Belisana who wields the sidhe blade, Glaid na solais with the help of
her warrior druid brother, Cu Mactire and warriors Cian and Niall Macratha, to face the unsurmountable odds and try to overcome them, lest all will be lost and the land of Tir Dhuchais will fall
into a dark and lawless place, where the creatures of the night will rule.
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A Glossary


This chapter highlights important information about the Fantasy world in which this story is set, as well as having a nice snazzy digital map for you to look at.
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Recent Comments

hullabaloo22

Fantastic story-telling in this first chapter, C-S. You really brought the scene to life.

Tue, January 28th, 2020 8:10pm

Author
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Thanks' for reading it!
I have to say, this will be a long read, with lots of character development and some intense Celtic myth woven into it.
I hope you will enjoy the ride.

Tue, January 28th, 2020 12:47pm

AdamCarlton

If the C of E was only 10% as exciting as this its attendance problems would be over!

Tue, January 28th, 2020 8:17pm

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Naked dancing ladies! human sacrifice! I think the church is missing out on a great promotional campaign! lol.

Tue, January 28th, 2020 12:49pm

C. S. Spence

Dark and fascinating scene. You concept is interesting and original, and your writing is pretty clear.

This chapter is in some form of 3rd person omniscient, which is, in general, not a very interesting point of view to write in. Put the reader in one of these character's minds; we should see what that one person sees, know only what they think, and experience only their sensory perceptions. 1st person limited is much more engrossing, and brings the reader closer to the scene. That's just my .02

I like this, and I will read more soon!

I'd really like your opinion on one of my works; either my fantasy book CLOCKWORK WORLD, or one of my short story series starting with ISLE OF ETERNAL TORMENT. Thanks!

Sat, February 22nd, 2020 9:32pm

Author
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There are a lot of players in this story 5 main protagonists. So I felt 1st person would not work switching between characters. I have written a few 1st p. Stories if you prefer that format. Merlin. The Lighthouse. Shards of a time traveller. More shards.
But thanks for the great comments, I will definitely check out your work soon.
Regards Celtic

Sun, February 23rd, 2020 1:51am

Robert Helliger

An action packed fantasy novel in the vein of Raymond E Feist, and other writers.
The first chapter is well written, and fantastic.

Thu, February 27th, 2020 11:40pm

Author
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Thank you for the generous compliment.
I am pleased you liked the opening of this Celtic myth based story. I hope it will continue to entertain you with its twists and turns.
Kind regards
Celtic

Fri, February 28th, 2020 2:02am

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