by Ayn Cates Sullivan
Winner: CIPA EVVY Award for Best Indie Book of 2021 by Kirkus Review
Within each of us is exists a reservoir of untapped potential, some might call the soul, and others might say it is a doorway to magic. To discover what is true about ourselves, we often have to take a quest and undergo initiations that test us to the core. It is precisely the nucleus of the inner grail that reveals our True Nature, the wholeness of our multi-faceted being. Today, we need tales of empowered women, and Nimue: Freeing Merlin is the story of a heroine’s quest to find the Grail. The tale stays true to Nimue’s adventures in Arthurian legend but is updated for today’s readers.
Nina is a seventeen-year-old girl who, at the beginning of the book, is living with her mother in modern day Manhattan. They decide to spend the summer in London. Believing she is a normal person just like any other, Nina has no idea what awaits her in Britain. In this visionary novel, a young modern-day woman named Nina realizes that she was a Mage (or Enchantress) in a previous life. She was, in myth, the one responsible for sealing Merlin up in a tree until the hour of his return. Now, she is the only one who can find him. Traveling back in time to 5th Century Ynys Witrin, she discovers more than she ever imagined possible.
Nimue: Freeing Merlin is a stand-alone novel, and also the third book in the Legends of the Grail series. The books do not need to be read in order, but all of the legends and folktales interrelate. The earlier books in the series focus on Celtic Goddesses and heroines. Like the other books in the series, there are Celtic rituals, mystical practices and visualizations for the avid reader who wishes to delve more deeply into Arthurian magic.