The Ring of Mann
Book 2: Circles of Time
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Aligned with Viking ancestry; a horse messenger and a runic ring, reincarnate a restless spirit and an innocent young woman, is instilled with a hidden rage. Historical fiction with a twist. A chance meeting of a stonemason and a Templar monk reveals the legend of an ancient runic ring. Relating to early Viking settlement, the event is recorded in the abbey scriptorium. After the dissolution of the monasteries, a copy of the tome is gifted to Hawkshead Grammer school, and the legend of the runic ring gains credence. Three teenage cousins are complicit in the mysterious disappearance of a woodcutter. MARY is haunted by an ancient vision she calls her woman of death, and fears there is more to her inheritance than a silver runic ring and her Spanish beauty. DAMIAN is Mary's loyal and simple-minded younger brother, the church gravedigger. He is a proud liar, obsessed with keeping secrets and curious about death. Their younger cousin THOMAS is a flamboyant storyteller who convinces Mary that her husband's black colt and the silver finger ring are embodied in runic legend. The severed hand of the missing woodcutter is secreted away in a cache he shares with Damian. The cousins run afoul of pompous ex-Cromwell cavalryman MAJOR RATHBONE, who with his allegiance switched to church and king, is hell-bent on destroying the local Quaker community. His actions threaten to destroy the fledgling romance of Thomas and Sarah, a rebellious Quaker girl. The Ring of Mann is set in a secluded corner of North West England, beginning in 1240AD, amid the extensions of Furness Abbey and an investigation into the reigning abbot's clandestine shipping trade. A segue moves the story forward to 1663AD during the reign of King Charles II, and relates the great plague, the fire of London, and the introduction of England's first prized horse race, the Newmarket Plate. An adventure into history is laced with Norse mythology, mystery, and intrigue. As the past haunts the present, pagan beliefs emerge with deep psychological disturbance.
- David Thomas Kay, November 2012
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