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Publisher's Summary

Young Magdalen and Jesus, brimming with youthful charm and arrogance, find each other and fall in love, forging a bond that is stronger than death. Their pleasure is overshadowed by a brilliant but unbalanced druid who knows a perilous secret about Maeve's past. The prequel to The Passion of Mary Magdalen.

©2007 Elizabeth Cunningham (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Smart and earthy.... Richly imaginative.... The epitome of the storyteller's art." (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, named one of The Year's Best Books)
"This amazing book could well become a classic of women's literature." (Booklist, named one of the Year's Ten Best Fantasy Books)

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The Story as Maeve meant you to hear it!

Would you consider the audio edition of Magdalen Rising to be better than the print version?

It is a bit unorthodox for the author to be writing a review, but the audio format is new to me and is a work of art in itself. I love the words I wrote and I love hearing them spoken in Heather O'Neill's beautiful, expressive voice. What is better about the audio version is that Maeve is a first century Celt trained in the oral tradition. As such she is skeptical of the written word. Maeve and I are both thrilled that you can now hear the story as she always intended for you to do.

What other book might you compare Magdalen Rising to and why?

The Maeve Chronicles are comparable to other epic series, like Tolkien's and Gabaldon's.

Have you listened to any of Heather O'Neill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not yet, but I will. She is a superb reader!

Who was the most memorable character of Magdalen Rising and why?

Well, Maeve is second to no one of course. But I have a fondness for all the wild old women. The Cailleach, Dwynwyn and Anna the Prophetess.

Any additional comments?

Treat yourself to these books no matter how many times you've read them or if you have never read them. Your life may be changed, as mine surely was in writing them.

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  • Donato
  • Portland, or United States
  • 10-23-15

Engaging Historical Fantasy

What did you love best about Magdalen Rising?

The author's knowledge of the New Testament and her ability as a storyteller.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Maeve.

Have you listened to any of Heather O'Neill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. She does a great job and continues to be one of my favorite narrators.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Lover of the World

Any additional comments?

Listened to the entire series and highly recommend it.

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Love Love Love This Book

This is a fantastic story written with great knowledge and wit! If you are looking for a great story about Mary Magdalen and Jesus with a new seed of plausibility, well then, this is it! Absolutely wonderful writing and great story telling. The author and narrator are both phenomenal!

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Vividly eloquent, wild adventure.

Absolutely loved every line, every moment. The story came to life with the teller and each character took on a unique identify of their own in its telling. Author has an incredible mastery over prose and metaphors that leaves you thirsting for more. Would read again.

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  • H. Henry
  • Olathe, Kansas United States
  • 08-21-17

Awesome!

The narrator is wonderful and the story pulled me in from the very beginning! I would definitely recommend.

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A MUST READ on the Feminine Mysteries

I have been the HPS of a Celtic Arthurian Western Mystery tradition for almost 20 years, and have been a student and teacher of Jewish Mystical Kabbalah for over 10yrs. I've read a ton of Women's Mysteries books, and this book SOARS above them. You can feel it's truths in your very marrow! I'm glad I started the series with this book first, and have purchased copies for all of my female students. Hoping the rest of the series continues to serve the Mysteries as well as this does!

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Heartwarming and Powerful

This book and the oral telling of Magdalen's beautiful life is so moving and deeply felt in the heart. All who wonder about their own inner strength and courage can take heed of her abilities and wide pure heart! Thank you to Elizabeth Cunningham for bringing the voice of Maeve to us all with such a gorgeous prose. ♡

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  • Jadetree
  • 10-15-17

A wonderfully deep imagined version of events

Beautifully narrated and gripping from the first few moments. Loved this book so richly imagined and spoke deeply to the celt and the jew in me.