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You're never too old to make a bad decision.

After 20 winters on the road, Tanyth Fairport makes one last pilgrimage in her quest to learn all she can about the herbs and medicinal plants of Korlay before settling down to write her magnum opus. Her journey is interrupted when she decides to help a small village and learns that much of what she knows of the world may not be quite as it seems. 

Nathan Lowell blends Wiccan tradition and shamanistic lore into a fantasy quest for a new - if unlikely - heroine. She learns that the familiar sometimes hides the fantastic and that, even when you think you’ve made your decisions, life doesn’t always agree.

Produced by Dan Sawyer, ArtisticWhispers Productions, Inc.

©2009 Nathan Lowell (P)2021 Nathan Lowell

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Not all adventurers are young men.

I love Nathan's work, and the Tanyth Fairport Adventures are particular favorites. Tanyth is an itinerant herb lorist of a certain age who is travelling on foot to the home of another lorist who knows more than she does. She encounters a small settlement on the Road. Adventures ensue.

The story is excellent, the performance flawless. Many thanks, Nathan Lowell and Veronica Gigere.

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great story

this is a wonderful story. The issue with the chapters being out of order has been fixed.

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love this book

I love Nathan's writing.
I love Veronica's voice.
Love the story.
The combination of all three is magical.

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there is a issue with chapter 10

I loved the book and the entire series but chapter 10 is out of sequence so the chapters go 9, 11, 10 it's my only complaint about the book.

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Great Fantastic

A unexpected lead in a great fantasy book. more down to earth and your never really sure if magic is at work or something else. 5 star story You are never to old to have an adventure or make new mistakes

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World building and perspective

I enjoy Mr. Lowell’s world building. This story has a fascinating explanation of magic and the origins of the crone in the woods trope. I enjoyed this story years ago as a podcast and I’m happy to hear it with some more polish to the audio.

It’s different having the protagonist be a woman of late middle age and have her strengths & weaknesses addressed in a dignified way. She rescues herself and shields others realistically.

The narrator gives this story a soothing voice and I liked the addition of the chimes to differentiate the dreams & visions.

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Pretty good

Not your rip, roaring adventure, but just quiet storytelling. Good characters with real problems. A touch of magic or something is added, but it fits with the story.

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excellent job

I think Veronica did an excellent job. She is the voice for Tanyth Sar has been looking for.

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A favorite!!

I’ve loved this story since it was first published. This is a wonderful version by a favorite narrator.

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A Perfect Marriage

Nathan Lowell is one of my favorite authors -- I'm a big fan of The Golden Age of the Solar Clipper series. Veronica Giguere is one of my favorite narrators. I've listened to books I haven't particularly cared about because I love listening to her voice. When I heard that one of my favorite narrators was reading one of my favorite authors, I had to buy this series. And I wasn't disappointed!

If you're familiar with The Golden Age books, this is different. It doesn't take place in space. It's a familiar setting for fantasy books -- rural village, farming, horses for transportation, bartering, etc. And it's classified as fantasy, but the magic is not front and center, it's more subtle and more shamanistic than "sword and sorcery".

Tanyth is a middle-aged woman who travels the world, seeking out older women who hold old knowledge of herbs and medicinal plants, wanting to learn all she can to preserve the knowledge. While passing through a small settlement (too small to be called a village), she stops to help with an ill woman. Realizing the people there are "city folk" who know little about even basic healing without an apothecary, she's convinced to stay the winter to teach them what she knows.

As she starts going through "the change", she notices more than just hot flashes. Her simple prayers seem to garner results. And in her dreams, she sees through the eyes and hears the thoughts of a raven. Is she going crazy? Does this happen to all women as they age, but no one talks about it? Just some women? Just her? Is this why the stereotype of the "crazy old hermit woman in the woods" exists?

I love that he has written an unusual heroine. As a 54-year-old woman, I find myself identifying with many things Tanyth is going through and amazed she was written by a man. She is stubborn, independent, a survivor of abuse, is bothered by how her body has changed, has hot flashes and other signs of menopause, and realizes she still wants love, intimacy and friendship (even when she thought she was past all that). But don't worry -- those things are just who she is, not the focus of the story.

The characters in this story aren't warriors or powerful sorcerers. They're normal, real people who find within them the strength to be heroic when situations call for it.

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Old world charm

A whimsical tale of a band of misfits, making a new life for themselves in a new village they have built, away from their families in town.
Tanith is a wandering nomad learning a hedgewitch trade. She has been wandering the roads for 20 years, staying the winters with other hedge witches, sharing and learning.
She spends time with the new villagers, teaching them skills of healing that they need, and sharing their trials and tribulations.