“But as the days wore on, the counselors grew fearful, for though they
dearly loved their Sovereign and his Lady, and as much as they
cherished Niamh—who could be brought to marry her? There were no
nobles’ sons good enough to withstand her radiance, nor
were there any other princes—for this was before the kingdoms split,
and Gavron had no male heir. Even among the honest burghers, the
mayors’ sons, or the chandlers’, none were found to even withstand an
hour in Niamh’s company."
Praise for Niamh and the Hermit...
the Celtic mist to a world of mystic wonder.
Imagine Tolkien's true north sailing west. Imagine Gandalf wandering in
the legendary footsteps of St. Patrick. Imagine the Númenorean
Faithful sailing in the wake of St. Brendan. Imagine ripples of
Rivendell flowing into the living waters of Tara. Imagine Lothlorien
fading into the faerie fogs of Erin. Imagine Middle Earth coloured in
forty shades of green. Imagine yourself in the world of the Princess
|"Niamh and the
Hermit is a rich narrative of various subplots which intertwine to
offer the reader a vivid look at author Snyder's gift for
world-building....The influences of Eddings, Lewis, and other writers
of the genre are evident in Synder's style, though Niamh is uniquely
her own—an ambitious debut and highly recommended to fans of fanciful
tales." Rating: 10/10.
Lively, author of Little Flowers and editor
The Write Stuff E-Letter of
"Niamh and the
Hermit a beautifully written, morally sound, thoughtful, compelling
and entertaining book. Emily Snyder ... has created the world of the
"Twelve Kingdoms", shadowed in Celtic mythology, but guided by
Christian morals and traditions, in which to novelize one of the
world's great fairy tales. It's difficult to do justice to this sort of
book after only one reading, but I was very impressed with the
beautiful writing, rich vocabulary, subtleties of humor and truth and
the thoughtful lessons, characters and trials that
make up the plot."
"When I first saw
this book, I feared that it might be just another effort to hook on to
the Tolkien wagon. It is not. Very far from that. It is wholly
original, and all I can say is that it is beautiful, beautiful,
beautiful. The author is entirely in control of her narrative, and,
drawing on the tradition of ancient Celtic tales, gives us something
genuinely new. What we have here is a very noble achievement."
will embrace this opportunity to glance into another world, alive and
Catholics will find many familiar themes. It is not only an exciting
through a new fantastical world, but a literary jewel worthy to stand
the likes of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis."
|"Emily C. A.
Snyder expands the classic style of the fairy tale into a delightful
novel brimming with believable impossibilities....Niamh and the
Hermit is an immensely creative work, infusing the truths of the
Gospel into a
complex world of myth and magic." Rating: 4 1/2 stars out of 5.
Elizabeth Nelson, Senior
Romantic Times BookClub Magazine
story is equal parts traditional fairy tale and morality play. Niamh
the Hermit has all the fantastical elements of a fairy tale....There
stories aplenty—small, traditional stories and ballads woven into the
well as the background story involving the king and the queen that
the main tale a rich, timeless feel....People have compared Snyder's
to Tolkien and Dunsany. I'd like to throw C. S. Lewis into the
|"Niamh and the
Hermit is beautifully written, an elegant and artistic addition to
Christian literature....Themes of sacrificial love recur throughout the
story, as well as other themes of Christian faith such as humility and
forgiveness and right usese of power....The book represents an artistic
achievement on another level as well: It includes numerous
illustrations by the author of key characters, and sheet music for the
melody line of four songs related to the story. For the literary-minded
reader, Niamh and the Hermit offers a delightful tale of
heroism and romance, well worth the read.
|"Niamh and the Hermit is highly recommended for
fans of 'high fantasy' as being an original, captivating, and
thoroughly enticing fable."
—Midwest Book Review
|"This story is only slightly less beautiful than the
title character, which is fortunate since otherwise readers would be
driven insane by picking up the pages. With a subtly inspirational
message combined with mists and myth, this novel enchants the youthful
spirit that lives within us all."
—Amanda Killgore, Huntress Reviews
|"There's a lot of tripe that is coming from
fly-by-night presses, but if one sifts through all of it, one can find
quality fantasy that blows away the stuff being written for the large
houses. And I'm pleased to announce that Arx Publishing has just
published one such novel, Niamh and the Hermit.... [Emily
Snyder] has ... created a world that resonates with the reader. It is
vaguely medieval, vaguely renaissance, and thoroughly enjoyable."
|"The book is written by a Christian author and
defintely contains allegorical content, including elements reminiscent
of the sacraments, spiritual warfare, Christ's death and resurrection,
and a sort of 'Hound of Heaven' motif. The book is not in the least
preachy, and the allegorical elements are for the most part veiled and
unassuming.... [I]t is an enjoyable read."
|"If the Brothers Grimm had been raised in Ireland,
would have written tales like this one.... Blending Celtic mythology
a classic fairy tale structure and throwing in a dask of Tolkien,
Snyder's book provides a full banquet for your starving inner child."
About the book: The daughter of a king and a fairy, the Princess
Niamh is glorious fair—perhaps overly so. Her incredible beauty proves
a curse for no man can withstand even a moment in her presence without
running mad. Suitor after suitor
is turned away, since no one regardless of family name or credentials,
is able to approach the Princess without suffering intense burning. The kingdom’s only
hope rests upon a most unusual bridegroom: the Hermit. With the claws
and wings of an eagle, and the head and tail of a lion, the mystery of
a magician, and the piety of a saint, he alone may hold her—that is, if
he can find his bride before she is led to perdition by the wicked
Count and his shadowy minions.
Written in the
evocative lyric style of Lord Dunsany, Niamh and the Hermit is
an exploration and exultation of the classic fairy tale, blended
seamlessly with all the imaginative complexity of a Tolkien-esque
subcreated world. The author weaves fantasy and fable together in a
beautifully written tale of love and deception, valor and weakness,
hope and fury.
About the author: Emily C. A.
Snyder, a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, has been
inventing stories since she was old enough to babble. Her love for
fantasy was initially inspired by the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian
Anderson and expanded to J. R. R. Tolkien and others. She is the
creator of the Christian
Guide to Fantasy web site as well as the Tower of Ivory
Literary E-Zine. Ms. Snyder also teaches English and acting, and
has directed plays ranging from Shakespeare to original comedies.
3 maps ~ 21 illustrations
paperback ~ ISBN: 978-1-889758-36-7 ~ $14.95
here for more information about the author.
to read an excerpt from Niamh and the Hermit.
Click here for
information on Charming the Moon a pair of short stories from
the world of the Twelve Kingdoms.
to view Emily Snyder's magnificent Twelve Kingdoms web site
which features additional stories, art, and music to accompany Niamh
C. A. Snyder