Follow the Author
Heart of the Earth: A Fantastic Mythical Adventure of Courage and Hope, Bound by a Shared Destiny Paperback – 14 February 2022
Enhance your purchase
A Celtic Tale of Myth and Magic
Where light and dark converge, and reality and fantasy blur, is there another world where mysterious forces can intervene and restore peace back to the earth? A cautionary tale that offers inspiration and hope in uncertain times.
Peter Goodhope is a master of pen and ink, a painter of fairy-tale landscapes. Secret forests, hidden valleys and cloud-covered mountains become inhabited with animals he’d known as a child; owls under moonlight, badgers in the woods at dawn, foxes posturing on the evening hills—human-like in their pose, bringing a magical realism to his work. But when Peter returns home to his childhood village of Nemeton, he soon discovers the charming, once peaceful countryside he so fondly remembers, may be hiding something more maleficent.
Looking for inspiration to begin writing his book, unlikely allies enter Peter's life in the form of woodland creatures, seeking his help to defeat evil poachers decimating the wildlife. Peter must enter their world, learn to speak their language, and prepare the wandering band for an unearthly, climactic battle. Can Peter find the key to their salvation? Does he have the resources to save the animals from their darkest hour and restore peace to the land? The boundary between what is real and what is imagined begins to blur.
One of the endearing qualities of Heart of the Earth is its sense of nostalgia, both for a closer relationship with nature and a simpler, old-time England—a land steeped in Celtic lore and legend.
A timely allegorical novel on friendship, acceptance, and cooperation.
From the Publisher
It is prophesied by Dru Barn Owl that a newcomer known as Fireun shall appear. Only Fireun can help the animals of Nemeton defeat the ‘stealers’—a gang of nefarious poachers hiding out in an old abandoned farmhouse.
‘I have spoken with Sion,’ said Dru. ‘The newcomer is our much-anticipated event. This human is a friend of nature, here to help us in our pain and need.’ Lurching, the barn owl lowered his head. ‘Fireun will help unite all animals, he will bring peace and harmony back to our troubled land.’ In an instant, Dru disappeared out of the hollow, flying off to a far-reaching bough. Anam followed speedily, settling down next to him among the stalks of golden acorns.
‘The heart of the earth gives life to all things,’ Dru announced.‘ There is a pulse throbbing through every leaf, every flower and every tree; all creatures, great and small, are enlivened by the same rhythms.’ Anam’s heart overflowed with joy on hearing such wise words. He wanted to sing; he wanted to fly; he wanted to dance across the sky; but he sat quietly and composed and listened dutifully to all that Dru foretold.
- Publisher : Peliguin Publications (14 February 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 250 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0645371610
- ISBN-13 : 978-0645371611
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 1.6 x 20.32 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 630,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
About the author
Review this product
Top review from Australia
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Hope House, which has laid dormant these past six years, sits at the edge of the vast woodlands in the township of Nemeton where Peter spent his childhood living with his grandmother and communing with nature.
Peter takes us on an adventure through the woodlands, describing in vivid detail, the creatures that live there and the homes they share with the woods and nature spirits.
He becomes like a kindred spirit with the wildlife there and when he discovers they are being hunted, he is compelled to act.
When he finds their very existence is under threat by malevolent beings, Peter sets about to redress the balance of nature.
Guided by his newfound kindred spirits, Peter finds the means to communicate with them and coalesce to form a new way forward where a harmonic balance with all creatures can prevail.
I loved the feeling of involvement I felt whilst reading this enchanting, awareness raising story.
I loved the names of the animals and their languages, the connotations towards celtic origins and soul connections.
Anam little owl and Cara the cheerful squirrel…whose choice of names are not lost on this reader…and then there is Sion, a wise and observant fox. (*Fox being my own personal animal totem.)
The more I read, the more I loved this beautiful story of hope and survival…it is a story to absorb slowly.
I was happily reminded of the need for living life in mindfulness, especially of our shared environment with all of nature.
It has been my absolute pleasure and delight to read this enchanting and thought provoking story.
I can highly recommend it to any reader!