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Book Review: Whispers of a One-Eyed Raven by John W. Leys

Myths are stories without authors, composed before we wrote things down, when everything was recorded on the poet’s tongue and in the bard’s breath. They stem from a time when the border between dream and reality was barely drawn, when the wall between this world and the other was but a thin membrane, at best. Myths were our first attempts to make sense of the world around us, using inspiration and imagination, before the philosophers invented epistemology and the scientific method. They are stories that hold truths that linger in the darkened hallways and under the hollow hills, that enchant the imagination and stir the poet’s heart.

Whispers of a One-Eyed Raven is a collection of such stirrings. Join John W. Leys on journey in verse through the myths and legends of the Norse and Celts to a time that never existed and will never end.

My Thoughts

As someone of Norse descent on my mother’s side, I highly enjoyed some of the Celtic mythology and history and lovely language. I find the introduction and history of language and mythology were very well informed for the reader. Leys has a way of drawing you into his world, keeping you engaged, and making you want to be in the world of old. He evokes emotion, imagery, and history. The languages were a great resource and anyone of Celtic ancestry or anyone interested in that culture would be wonderfully immersed in it. The poetry had a quite airy quality that keeps the reader involved, imagining, and wanting for more. I highly enjoyed Leys book and am sure to reference back to it when the mood strikes.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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