S. P. Hendrick releases new novel
Son of Air and Darkness
S. P. Hendrick
Release date: 21 June 2010
Son of Air and Darkness is a story filled with the richness of the ancient Celts. Set in the first century, we meet Dubhgall mac Cu, the grandson of the God Lugh. Left motherless at birth, he is raised by the great Scathach and trained as a warrior.
But Dubhgall is not destined to remain on the island. He is made an immortal by the Morrigan and sent out in the world with a specific purpose–to play his part in the uprising against the Roman solders in Brittania and aid the great Iceni Queen, Boudicca.
Hendrick weaves Celtic mythos and historical and adds the intriguing “what if…” to the mix. What if a God and a Mortal produced a son? What if that son was raised and trained by a great warrior who dedicated the boy to the War Goddess, The Morrigan? What if that Goddess not only claimed him as a lover but made him immortal? And what if this man were thrust into one of the most important historical events of the first century?
The answers lead to a rich tapestry of story telling. Son is well written with believeable characters and settings. The story is laid out well with true to form action and battles that never get uncomfortably gory in the telling. The characters are real, in the literary flesh and bone. Dubhgall struggles to accept himself after his change, first accepting his inability to be hurt or killed and then finding out that immortality does have limitations and shouldn’t be taken for granted. The story is for adults, certainly, but could also be read by young adults. There is nothing in the book that could not be enjoyed by them and offend parents.
Hendrick has a great writing style that reminds me of classic writers such as T. H. White and Norah Lofts–that descriptive, old worldly stype of lavish descriptions, making the setting as much a character as the people in the story. While the style isn’t as widely used, it’s far from boring. Pacing on this novel is excellent, moving through events but still taking time to let us see into the character of Dubhgall and how he sees his world, how he adapts to his immortality. Character development is perfect here.
Son of Darkness and Air is an easy read that will entertain, a page turner that once started, you won’t want to put down until you have reached its satisfying conclusion. Hendrick has promised that this is the first in a series and I, for one, can’t wait until the next book.
Son of Air and Darkness will be available for order through the publisher’s website, Amazon, and can also be purchased locally through Joseph-Beth Booksellers in the Lexington Green Mall.