'Ashling'

by Mary Mack

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Book 21 of 68 in the Epic Fantasy
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************************************************* 'Ashling' is an epic fantasy adventure along the lines of JRR Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings'. This story weaves myriad colorful threads from Ireland’s racial memories, global mythology and folklore, geology, quantum physics, Greek literature, and biblical accounts of Earth’s beginnings, into a fascinating tale for all ages. A freak hang-gliding accident plunges Ashling through a rip in the fabric of Time and catapults her into Ireland’s past, where Fomorian Giants are battling Elves of the Tuatha Dé Danaan for lordship over the downtrodden, enslaved Humans. All Ashling wants is to go home, but the only way back is through the inter-dimensional travel hub on Mount Olympus, which is jealously guarded by Fallen Angels — the all-powerful and violent gods of mythology. In her seemingly impossible quest to outsmart these creatures, the transplanted university student gathers together a band of misfits, repels an invasion of Giants, rescues a besieged Elf princess, masters a ferocious dragon, and sparks a Human revolution. But her arrival has fulfilled an ancient prophecy and triggers events that will eventually culminate in the destruction of the gods’ sacred mountain — and Ashling must race against Time and Fate to reach the quantum portal before it closes forever. ****************************************************************************************** The Irish word 'aisling' means dream, or vision. This story is the extension of a dream the author had one night, which her children demanded she write down and finish. The resulting feature film script won Best Fantasy Screenplay in the Table Read My Screenplay Contest in 2015, out of nearly 1,000 entries worldwide. The screenplay was a finalist in the 2016 Wexford Film Festival, and was nominated for the Culture & Heritage Award during the 2016/2017 Fresh Voices Screenwriting Contest, where it also reached the quarterfinals. The Irish Film Board has compared 'Ashling' to 'Lord of the Rings', 'Game of Thrones', 'Hunger Games', 'The Hobbit', 'Narnia', 'Harry Potter', 'Beowulf, and 'Brave' (Readers' Reports, August 2015). ******************************************************************************************

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10 comments
Anonymous | 2017-07-26 05:54:40
Powerful combination of fantasy genres. An epic Celtic mythology with a Biblical worldview.
Anonymous | 2017-08-19 02:59:35
Finally a exciting fantasy novel that a Christian can read without guilt!
Anonymous | 2017-08-29 07:49:17
Mary Mack has created a new and unusual world for jaded fans of fantasy fiction. The characters are very well drawn. This book was a page turner from start to finish.
Anonymous | 2017-09-01 08:30:54
Is this the first novel out there that links Partholon's Colony to a group of Greek slaves who escaped their masters during the Battle of Troy? This novel blends Greek history and Bible stories with Irish history/mythology in a really interesting way.
Eire Abu! | 2017-09-21 05:44:48
Mythology that's true to 'An Leabhar Gabhala' and 'Agallamh na Seanorach'. No hysterical reconstructions of Irish history here. And told through the eyes of a Tinker, to boot!
Anonymous | 2017-11-26 03:42:13
This is an excellent story with non stop action. I would love to see this made into a movie and also would like the story to continue!
Anonymous | 2017-11-26 03:45:02
This is an excellent story with non stop action. I would love to see this made into a movie and also would like the story to continue!
Anonymous | 2017-11-26 03:46:13
This is an excellent story with non stop action. I would love to see this made into a movie and also would like the story to continue!
Anonymous | 2017-11-26 03:47:10
This is an excellent story with non stop action. I would love to see this made into a movie and also would like the story to continue!
Anonymous | 2017-11-26 03:48:21
This is an excellent story with non stop action. I would love to see this made into a movie and also would like the story to continue!
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