Shannon Lee Wolf has beautifully combined ancient Celtic folklore with Native American lore and the spirituality of both to weave a compelling tale in her first novel - Dover Graye.
This is a riveting story of a young man, tragically torn too soon from his shamanistic life in the 1700's and plunked down into a new life in the 1960's. Among an extended family with varying beliefs, strengths and weaknesses, Dover finds himself faced with a task he is vaguely aware of yet cannot see it clearly.
From the moment of his birth, Dover Graye knew there was much to resolve. Mysterious, and at times confusing, Dover would have much to contemplate and explore with the shrouded yearnings and memories that keep coming at him unexpectedly. Every nuance of this life is a reminder of something from the past, something that he had to put back together in order to put everything - and everyone - in proper perspective.
Grandma Jo, part Abenaki, reawakens Dover's knowledge of herbs and other plants, the creatures of the wild and Nature itself. Grandma Lilly will show him his path and give him the wisdom of the ancient Celtic Shaman - if only he will be able to recognize the signs. Dover will spend his life in this present time seeking for answers to shadows that continually play across his mind and his heart. He is torn between the two lives, longing for the past and the gentle loves in that life and searching in the present for purpose and enlightment. Drifting between two worlds so radically different, he struggles to find what it is he must do and where he belongs.
Dover knew, deep within, that there was something he had not finished - something reaching out to him for completion. Could he ignore it and focus on the present, or must he continue something from the past life, something just out of reach that he cannot quite grasp? Or is he to begin this life anew, with a different purpose?
Miss Wolf brings forth a new hero, and a new, crisp writing style that will take you to the edge and beyond. She will challenge your very belief system and put you in a place often heard of but seldom approached.
Dover Graye is a riveting page turner that will leave you breathlessly awaiting to hear more from Shannon Lee Wolf.
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