If there’s one theme that runs through all my fantasy tales, it’s this: nothing is as it seems on the surface.Â A superficial glance suggests the novels deal with Arthurian legend and Celtic mythology in a modern setting.Â But the conceit is that those old stories are a secret code for the truth that lies behind them.Â Sometimes one character or myth or idea can represent two very different things, which is actually something that runs through the old Celtic legends.Â For example, King Arthur is a man (but not ‘King Arthur’) and also a great magical power – and if that sounds complicated, read the books.Â It really isn’t.
That’s because we’re dealing here with very powerful archetypes, the secret language of the unconscious.Â But that’s another blog entirely…
Our ancestors always hid codes in popular stories, as this well-researched blog shows.
The gods inÂ my books are not quite the gods you find in the old Celtic legends, either.Â I won’t go into who or what they are, but from time-to-time I do want to touch on some of the legends behind the major ones appearing in Kingdom of the Serpent.
Niamh is one of the central characters in the myth sequence I’m creating.Â In the Celtic legends she’s the wife of Conall Caernach.Â She became the mistress of Cuchulainn while she nursed him back to health from war-wounds.Â Niamh tried to prevent the great hero returning to battle, but the witch Badb cast a spell on Niamh so that she wandered away into the countryside.Â Badb then assumed Niamh’s form and told Cuchulainn that he must return to war.
In my story, Niamh also carries the title Queen of the Waste Lands.Â In Arthurian legend, the Queen told Perceval of his mother’s death, and was one of the women on the barge that bore Arthur away after his last battle.
All of that is code for what really happens…