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The Witch of Balintore: Mariana in Scotland (The Mariana Books) James Munro

The Witch of Balintore: Mariana in Scotland (The Mariana Books)

James Munro

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MEDIEVAL MAGIC AND MYSTERY IN THE HIGHLANDS OF SCOTLANDFollowing a very bad morning, Mariana gives up for a while on the quiet, unexciting life she has been trying her best to lead in London and sets out for Scotland, where she enters a world ofMoreMEDIEVAL MAGIC AND MYSTERY IN THE HIGHLANDS OF SCOTLANDFollowing a very bad morning, Mariana gives up for a while on the quiet, unexciting life she has been trying her best to lead in London and sets out for Scotland, where she enters a world of magic and mystery she had thought existed only in the bedtime tales her father, a Scot in exile, used to tell her when she was a child in Spain.There are the Elpin, a little people now hunted almost to extinction (are their females really mermaids?)- there is glaistig Coll, a creature of the freshwater lochans, now being held captive by the local hangman, Thorfinn Skinner- there is the Queen of Elphame, who rides out at night on a white horse with a great wolfhound running alongside her. And there is the shape-shifting Witch of Balintore.It is against this background that Mariana is called upon to interpret for – and defend, for no one else will – two foreign slaves accused of murdering their master- and that she meets once again Raoul, her lover from the old Paris days, who is in Scotland with a French military mission attempting to drum up support for Frances on-going war with England.Then the skeletal Dominican Inquisitor Brother Arsenius arrives and Mariana is arrested and charged with witchcraft and shape-shifting.