Monday, December 20, 2010
Swords at Culver, The Budda at Culver by Richard Gwyn Davies
These books are different from the mainstream fiction that populates the shelves at most bookstores. Mr. Davies melds Native American myths with Scottish/English/Welsh legends and even adds some Tibetan Buddhism into the mix. If you have any interest in the myths/legends of the past, these should appeal you. I even learned a few new things as I read them and I sell lots of fairy tale and folk tales books.
The students are diverse in their backgrounds and Mr. Davies uses his knowledge from teaching at the Culver Acadamies in north Indiana to set the background for the stories.
The first book begins with two students who must use Native American skills and swords from the past to fight evil. It takes a Ogallala shaman to help them conquer the evil forces. But they are only subdued, not destroyed...
In the next book, the two boys find there are new students who are also being threatened this year. A Buddhist nun helps them and they learn about meditation techniques and the spirits the Buddhists can use to fight evil. There is even a ghostly Indian who comes to their aid.
The story lines are intriguing. The various legends mentioned in the story may lead your young adult into reading more about the myths and legends of the various countries. The second book, The Buddha at Culver is also available for sale on Amazon.
I'm offering my copies of the two books a giveaway. Leave a comment here on the blog and then email me at info @ bookfaerie.com (remove spaces) and tell me your name and address and why you'd like to read them. I'll pick a winner in about a week.