Description: 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. Ms. Snyder also teaches drama and music, and has directed plays ranging from Shakespeare to original opera ballets.