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Author: Philip Freeman Narrator: Fiona Hardingham Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2014 ISBN: 9781483022857
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In an evocative Celtic novel set in a time when druids roamed the land, lively young Sister Deirdre embarks on a mission to find the stolen bones of her convent’s patron saint.

In ancient Ireland, an island ruled by kings and druids, the nuns of Saint Brigid are fighting to keep their monastery alive. When the bones of Brigid go missing from their church, the theft threatens to destroy all they have worked for. No one knows the danger they face better than Sister Deirdre, a young nun torn between two worlds.

Trained as a bard and raised by a druid grandmother, she must draw upon all of her skills, both as a bard and as a nun, to find the bones before the convent begins to lose faith.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Philip Freeman creates convincing characters who use realistic dialogue. All books about Celtic heritage should be this readable. I hope to hear more of Deidre in the future.”

    Irish American News

  • “This is a goodly yarn, complete with its fascinating and colorful historical and cultural context, not to mention its dangers and horrors, a good start to what looks to be a good mystery series.”

    Providence Journal

  • “The pacing and suspense were very well stylized, and I was happy to see that Philip Freeman plans on publishing a second novel featuring the lively Sister Deirdre.”

    Historical Novel Society

  • “Freeman’s first novel has a strong atmosphere and absorbing, well-drawn characters. For the most part accurate in his portrayal of everyday medieval life, the author, who holds a PhD in classics and Celtic studies, has woven a compelling plot that touches on some of the struggles faced by the early Catholic Church in Ireland. Deirdre’s story as a young woman torn between the pagan and Christian worlds is very intriguing…Fans of Tremayne’s Sister Fidelma series will want to give this a try.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Freeman’s historical mystery series set in ancient Ireland gets a fantastic launch in audio with Fiona Hardingham’s beautifully articulated Irish voices. She infuses the text and dialogue with images of druids, seers, and Celtic lore—elements that transport the listener to the sixth century…Hardingham captures the essence of Fergus’ duplicity, the Abbot’s avarice, the sheer nerve of the pirate king, and the stern control of the Abbess. Fans of historical mysteries will be eager for the next installment.”


  • A Library Journal Editor’s Pick for Debut of the Month

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About the Author

Philip Freeman is Qualley chair of classics at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and a former professor of classics at Washington University in St. Louis. He also served as a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton in 2012. He earned the first joint PhD in classics and Celtic studies from Harvard University, and has been a visiting scholar at the Harvard Divinity School, the American Academy in Rome, and the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC. The author of several previous books, including Alexander the Great, St. Patrick of Ireland, and Julius Caesar, he lives with his family in Decorah, Iowa.

About the Narrator

Fiona Hardingham is a British-born actress, singer, voice-over artist, and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. On stage, she appeared at the Edinburgh Festival in her comedic one-woman show The Dark Show. She has also starred in the dark-comedy short film The Ballerino. She earned a BA honors degree in performing arts from Middlesex University, London, and also studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.