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Magdalen Rising: The Beginning Young Magdalen And Jesus, Brimming With Youthful Charm And Arrogance, Find Each Other And Fall In Love, Forging A Bond That Is Stronger Than Death Their Pleasure Is Overshadowed By A Brilliant But Unbalanced Druid Who Knows A Perilous Secret About Maeve S Past The Prequel To The Passion Of Mary Magdalen

10 thoughts on “Magdalen Rising: The Beginning

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    Elizabeth Cunningham s book originally sold under the title _Daughter of the Shining Isles_ tells the story of a woman raised by goddesses on a holy island She goes to the druids to learn their ways, and there meets a man with whom she falls in love Little does she know that this man would someday be known as Jesus Christ This book is a fascinating discussion of paganism and Christianity, and explores the idea of what the lost years of Christ might have entailed Definitely not for the cl Elizabeth Cunningham s book originally sold under the title _Daughter of the Shining Isles_ tells the story of a woman raised by goddesses on a holy island She goes to the druids to learn their ways, and there meets a man with whom she falls in love Little does she know that this man would someday be known as Jesus Christ This book is a fascinating discussion of paganism and Christianity, and explores the idea of what the lost years of Christ might have entailed Definitely not for the closed minded, this book will make you think

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    Two and a half But it won t let us gives halves Overall The book didn t work for me In specific there are some well articulated moments see below.I think maybe my hopes were too high for this book I was hoping for a book that really put a female male balanced spiritual world view But instead, I got a strong dose of humanist feminism beating men at their own game scrubbed over with a sort of New Age Celtic goddess magic and powers idea As I read, what I kept hoping for was that the yo Two and a half But it won t let us gives halves Overall The book didn t work for me In specific there are some well articulated moments see below.I think maybe my hopes were too high for this book I was hoping for a book that really put a female male balanced spiritual world view But instead, I got a strong dose of humanist feminism beating men at their own game scrubbed over with a sort of New Age Celtic goddess magic and powers idea As I read, what I kept hoping for was that the young Maeve would realize that she wants to be herself for being herself, rather than fall into all the patterns that have been set up by the women in her life But she persists throughout the entire book being the same kind strong woman as those she grew up with I don t think that taking crap from men makes someone a strong woman I think it diminishes her For the record I m NOT a humanist feminist I min the line of though that Elaine Showalter advocated in the eighties, where women are not judged, by themselves or by men, according to the male standards of worth Instead, they are taken for their own worth and not in a hierarchical way For a book that embodies the kind of strong womanhood I align myself with, read book Wise Child Another issue I had with this book is its carefree way with anachronism This book is supposed to be taking place right when Christ is born and growing up So having a character with wild hair being compared to punk rockers and the Statue of Liberty, and having the main character meet a goddess who calls her honey really jars me Okay, last issue I feel like the book tries waaaaay too hard to put in every possible and impossible reference to sexuality, sex, or human bodily functions It s a good reminder for why I prefer to read children s literature In children s literature, the focus is on telling a good story, not trying to get a certain rating So, obviously this book didn t resonate with me or give me what I was looking for I never did come to like the main character I always wished she had used her brainand her hormones guts less I didn t have a lot of patience while I read this book, so I read a large chunk of it in a skimming sort of fashion But, there are a couple of moments where certain contrasts are brought to light quite well Here are a couple of pieces with some editing to keep the flow of the ideas _______________First piece During a discussion about spiritual gifts, and how the male comes from a culture where every day he wakes up and thanks God he isn t a woman, just like every other man in his area The female comes from the Isle of Women, where being a woman was the best and only thing to be You know, it s a good thing you don t live in my country You d be accused of sorcery Some people believe it s unlawful to allow a sorceress to live Well, what about you With your tornadoes and striking people dead and changing children into goats Thank God I was not born a woman What s that got to do with anything You see, I was born a man I might grow up to be a prophet or a healer I might become a great leader who will free the people from Roman rule I might be the Messiah Who knows People take a wait and see line with a boy Why not with a girl It s just different _________Here s another Another conversation about male vs female in spiritual stories, etc If I was your Isaac, I d never let my father near me again And the sun standing still at Jericho A woman turning into a pillar of salt just for looking over her shoulder Our stories couldn t possibly befar fetched than those I know what s really eating you In our stories, women get to do something besides giggle when they conceive after their blood has stopped In our stories, women get to lay down the geasa from time to time _________________Another Spoiler Main character gets raped and is pregnant This is during a conversation she s having with the man she loves No doubt you understand better than I did then how touchy men are about their girlfriends getting pregnant How do I know it s mine are often the first words out of a man s mouth or in his mind even if it couldn t possibly be anyone else s Well, that s the question, isn t it The one at the root of all patriarchy How do I know it s MINE No matter how angry I was with my mothers, I was still virtually clueless about patriarchy Though two millennia separate your time and ours, I am sure you knowthan I did then about how an upright first century Jew would regard a despoiled virgin You are familiar with the epithet whore Things haven t changed all that much In your time, politicians win points in the polls for proposing to punish unmarried teenaged mothers like me, not to mention our children No father no food.__________________Another piece Spoiler This is from a conversation where the main character is trying to find out why her father, who ended up on the Isle of Women at one point, and ended fathering her, was angry about it But I still don t understand Why is he so furious with my mothers and with me I just don t get it When King Bran hears the name Tir na mBan, he practically swoons with ecstasy As soon as he retires, he wants to go there To me, my mothers are just my mothers But the way some men talk about Tir na mBan, you d think my mothers were goddesses or something My mothers clearly expected him to be thrilled when he woke up Why wasn t he I don t suppose Moses would have liked it either King David might have Maybe King Solomon, but I m not so sure Even with all his wives, seven hundred I believe, Solomon was in change The wives were HIS That s the sticking point you see, when a man goes to your mothers island, he s theirs I still don t get why that s a problem It s a problem, Maeve At least for some men it would be Trust me on this one Would it be a problem for you I don t know To tell you the truth, I can hardly imagine it I d like to think we could work something out __________Another piece Discussing druidic human sacrifice Even if I became a god after death, why would I want to help the people who strangled me, stabbed me, and drowned me Does that make any sense to you Viviane looked nonplussed In every religion there are questions you are simply not supposed to ask If you re properly indoctrinated, it won t occur to you to ask them._______________Another piece Spoiler This is part of a conversation when the main character finally tells someone of rank that her father raped her I suppose I ve always known, he said at last I suppose we all have Then why Because we cannot know, he answered before I could finish asking It is not the story we want to hear It is not the one we are telling ____________So, that s it I won t be reading the rest of the series because this book wasn t my version of a strong woman I was mostly impatient with her and waiting for her to prove that women can have common sense Alas

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    Really cool premise, maybe not the best execution Idk I liked it and yet I skimmed Make of that what you will, I suppose I ll read the sequel because a it s the most well known book of the series and b I own it, it s been on my shelf for years.

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    This is the third time in less than six months that I have read this book, and I love itevery time I read it Cunningham crafted such a wonderful cast of characters The dynamics between Maeve, Branwen, and Viviane are awesome It s fresh to see two girls that is, Maeve and Viviane who are supposed to be enemies grow to love each other almost as sisters Girls helping girls is such a better trope than girls being catty to each other It s one of the many great feminist lessons this boo This is the third time in less than six months that I have read this book, and I love itevery time I read it Cunningham crafted such a wonderful cast of characters The dynamics between Maeve, Branwen, and Viviane are awesome It s fresh to see two girls that is, Maeve and Viviane who are supposed to be enemies grow to love each other almost as sisters Girls helping girls is such a better trope than girls being catty to each other It s one of the many great feminist lessons this book has to offer.There are so many great female characters in this book Cunningham gives her women a complexity that I don t think we female readers get very often It s humanizing and humbling to see yourself reflected in each of these wonderful but inherently flawed women It s what I love most about the book Maeve and the others have taught me to embrace not only my body but also my shortcomings.The male characters have complexities as well I love the mystery surrounding Lovernios and Grainne What really happened between them Is Grainne as innocent as she seems Why does she always seem so sad Is Lovernios s seething hatred understandable The mystery definitely adds a level of sympathy to Lovernios, a character I would otherwise hate.Then there is Esus himself, of course I love that Cunningham made him flawed as well We re all used to the perfect Jesus of the Bible The flaws Cunningham gives to him make him all thehuman and divine.For those who want to read the book, I think it s important to be warned that there is a rape scene But it is short and well written, and the aftermath is handled quite well The scene itself does not drag on for an unnecessarily long period of time There is also an abortion scene that is pretty graphic, but again, it is handled well Cunningham is careful to craft a harsh but meaningful reality.As always, 5 5 stars Totally want to name any future daughter of mine Maeve

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    So just what was Jesus doing between the ages of 12 and 30 The time in which the bible is silent about his life has been speculated upon by many, and in this book Elizabeth Cunningham delightfully gives us her two cents We have the narration straight from the mouth of Mary Magdalen, but she is not called that yet no she will not get that name until she travels to the Holy Land Here her name is Maeve, young daughter of eight warrior witches, Celtic priestess in training, a precocious fiery re So just what was Jesus doing between the ages of 12 and 30 The time in which the bible is silent about his life has been speculated upon by many, and in this book Elizabeth Cunningham delightfully gives us her two cents We have the narration straight from the mouth of Mary Magdalen, but she is not called that yet no she will not get that name until she travels to the Holy Land Here her name is Maeve, young daughter of eight warrior witches, Celtic priestess in training, a precocious fiery redheaded child who sees her counterpart Jesus in vision She finally meets him when she is sent away to druid college Yes this is where Jesus disappears to in his youth, and where he got his exposure to all those radical ideas of his.Cunningham masterfully weaves Celtic lore with Hebrew tradition to give us this fascinating interpretation of the beginning of the legacy of Jesus and Mary

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    One of the best first person novels of a long hidden heroine, beloved one of a misinterpreted and misunderstood hero Great humor, and imagination, well written.

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    The whole Maeve Chronicles series is superlative, highly recommended, one of my favorites I would recommend it for fans of strong women, Celtic fantasy, Biblical reinterpretation, myth and magic, Goddess fiction, the Mists of Avalon In a nutshell, Mary Magdalen is re visioned as a Celtic ex pat and Jesus wife, a magical and strong and sometimes foolish woman, and her tale spans the course of four well researched and well written books Written with cheek and humor and glory and beauty, all at The whole Maeve Chronicles series is superlative, highly recommended, one of my favorites I would recommend it for fans of strong women, Celtic fantasy, Biblical reinterpretation, myth and magic, Goddess fiction, the Mists of Avalon In a nutshell, Mary Magdalen is re visioned as a Celtic ex pat and Jesus wife, a magical and strong and sometimes foolish woman, and her tale spans the course of four well researched and well written books Written with cheek and humor and glory and beauty, all at once.In Book One, Magdalen Rising, Maeve is born on the Isle of Women and raised by eight warrior witches and a goddess or two She sees the young Jesus while scrying and knows their fates are interwoven They meet at the Druid school on the Isle of Mona, where Maeve also meets men for the first time, and makes her first friends Maeve is a child and a youth in the books, which captures her tempestuousness well This book is Celtic fantasy at it best, rooted in myths and legends and symbols and numerology, storytelling and groves of trees and passage tombs A warning there is sexual violence in this book which may be hard for some readers

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    These novels by Elizabeth Cunningham are a great delight bringing a celtic, feminine side to Christianity, if only it were really so I have always had a strong connection to high fantasy and celtic culture and these are steeped in the best tradition and very well and entertainingly written The fact that Cunningham comes from a long line of Episcopal ministers makes them eveninteresting These books are like a secret delight you know the are not great literature with a Capital L but These novels by Elizabeth Cunningham are a great delight bringing a celtic, feminine side to Christianity, if only it were really so I have always had a strong connection to high fantasy and celtic culture and these are steeped in the best tradition and very well and entertainingly written The fact that Cunningham comes from a long line of Episcopal ministers makes them eveninteresting These books are like a secret delight you know the are not great literature with a Capital L but they are a great, and provocative read

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    A story about a young, Celtic Magdalene and a young Jesus, druids, mysteries, ancient times and undying love, so what s not to love about this brilliant book Apart from Marion Zimmer Bradley s Avalon saga, this was the most Pagan book I ve ever read and I ll definietly read the complete tetralogy The teenage Maeve Magdalene is an awesome, fierce narrator, the story itself is living ancient magic, and one of the greatest love stories of all times I can only recommend it to everyone

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    I love historical fiction and when I realized the identity of a certain child, I thought, OMG, what an interesting twist THAT makes Loved it

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