• The Druid

  • The Dawning of Muirwood, Book 1
  • By: Jeff Wheeler
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (377 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An abandoned child becomes a singular inspiration to the mythology of Muirwood in an epic series by Jeff Wheeler, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Muirwood and Kingfountain novels.

Eilean was born a “wretched”—a lowly foundling raised by the Aldermaston of Tintern Abbey. Then she’s chosen to assist in establishing the new abbey of Muirwood, now the site of a castle in the swampy Bearden Muir. Eilean’s role is as night servant to the druid Mordaunt, the king’s exiled advisor—and prisoner. He’s clever, dangerous, and invaluable to the Aldermaston.

Mordaunt’s priceless secret: the hiding place of an ancient tome that reveals the existence of other worlds and the magic between them. Mordaunt knows how potent its words are and how dangerous they could be in the wrong hands. But can Eilean win him over? All she must do is gain Mordaunt’s confidence and trust and persuade the apostate to divulge his secret to her. But as she learns more from Mordaunt, Eilean’s loyalties begin to fray. And the risks are greater than she imagined.

Despite betrayals, deceptions, and the deadly motivations of others, a girl from the flax fields is about to rise above her station. By exploring the potential of the power of an ancient spoken magic, Eilean is coming into her own.

©2022 by Jeff Wheeler (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Wheeler loads his tale with magic, intrigue, and believably conflicted characters. Readers will be impatient to know what happens next.”Publishers Weekly

“Action and intrigue are Wheeler’s bread and butter, as are stories with the core value of virtue without ambiguity and gratuitous violence, all on display here.”Booklist 

“A superbly crafted novel of magic, fantasy, and mythology.”—Midwest Book Review 

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Another great book by Jeff Wheeler!

I love Jeff Wheeler's works, and this book did not disappoint! I'm only sad I have to wait for the next 2 to come out! I'm very excited to see how the story will play out. Additionally, the narrator, Kate Rudd, did an amazing job bringing this book to life. I absolutely love her narration.

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Eilean, you’re a wizer!

I enjoy Jeff Wheeler’s books. I’m even happier that he has begun merging his different series into a continuous universe. It’s not an easy road, but he is doing a great job of it.

Kate Rudd is doing a fantastic job as the voice of Muirwood, Kingfountain, and beyond. I’ve never been disappointed.

The story is the origin of Muirwood Abbey, but it spins into a hero’s journey of his protagonist, Eilean. If you’ve read his series in the past, you know what you’re getting into already. It’s worth the read. I’m looking forward to the next book.

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Typical Muirwood fantasy

Like other Jeff Wheeler stories about Muirwood, The Druid is a young adults fantasy.

The Druid is a prequel about the establishment of Muirwood. It also lays out how the Maston Order has been corrupted, and needs fixing. The hero, Eileen, is a young “wretched” who is strong in the Medium. She enters the tutelage is the Druid, who teaches her about the Medium and how to use it properly.

The story ends with Eileen recovering the Druid’s tome. Subsequent books must complete the story of the redemption of the Maston order.

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great beginning to another Muirwood story.

Jeff Wheeler as usual delivers a character building nicely paced adventure. highly recommend. Looking forward to book two.

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Among the best

Loved most of Jeff Wheeler’s books. This one, taking us the the original of Muirwood is especially interesting. Great characters. Awesome story. Filled with eternal truths.

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Another Jeff Wheeler book I can’t put down!

I’ve been a fan of Jeff Wheeler since the first Muirwood book. I’m happy to say this book lives up to his past works. I highly recommend this book and this author to all who love a good wholesome story!

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Brilliant start to a Muirwood prequel!

Jeff Wheeler has created another brilliant story that draws you in and of course leaves you with a cliffhanger! We get to visit the world of Muirwood before the Legends of Muirwood series takes place. I'm so ready for the second book in this series to find out what happens. Thank you, thank you, thank you for giving us this glimpse into the dawning of Muirwood. We even get to know more about a familiar character. Kate Rudd does a fantastic job bringing these characters to life.

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Not too good.

This couldn’t have been written by Jeff Wheller. The quality is wanting. I usually like Wheeler’s books.

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the beginning of muirwood

it has been great reading all of the books within the Muirwood series, and now finally seeing how it began is something I've been waiting for. a great story and great narration as always, definitely check this out whether you're a fan of the series or new to it

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A very good read. It keeps you thinking.

A young girl has powers she never knew she had, and no idea how to use them. She is off on a great quest full of danger and adventure that will take at least three books to finish.

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  • 06-28-22

History mixed with fantasy

What if history happened differently? How would the people have thought and felt? Throw in magic as well and you have this book.

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  • 06-11-22

Building into a great story

Took a little to get adjusted to the unpacking of the narrative. At times I found the performance slow and a little staid. Though the main character development was great and in the end persisted to be rewarded with a fantastic tale of discovery and magic. Can’t wait to read the next instalment.

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  • Annrina
  • 06-04-22

Fantasy, Mystical and Adventure

Loved this book not what I usually read, but can't wait to read the next, not available yet so will go for the first in the Muirwood series

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  • Dermot
  • 05-09-22

Awesome Prequel

This is an amazing prequel and it took me only 2 days to read. I LOVED it! I can't wait for the next instalment. The characters are likeable and the story keeps you interested from start to finish. Get into it!