Dermot is a fifteen-year-old boy living in a remote village in the land of Denú. He has always longed for something more in his life. Now, everything changes after he sees a renowned creature – a gryphon – in the sky, and then crosses paths with a reclusive healer who harbors a secret.
Soon, he and his brother have no choice but to leave the only home they’ve ever known. They travel with new friends across the land through several great forests, along the way meeting an old man, a family of unicorns, and witnessing an important birth. They must evade fire-breathing dragons and dark-armored soldiers hunting them down, all serving an evil sorcerer determined to subjugate the kingdom, and who will stop at nothing to destroy them.
Denú’s only hope is if a renowned coven returns to face the enemy after years in hiding. Dermot however suspects their own role may be more significant than he thought, as he slowly discovers a power which exists amongst the trees and creatures of every greenwood. Can they save those they hold dear? Will Dermot find what he has sought? Or will all that’s free and good be consumed by darkness?
“The mythical Greenwood a mighty kingdom, where thy great magic doth abound…”
Between the amazing visual imagery and unique Celtic folklore, Andrew McDowell provides his readers with a spectacular literary journey from beginning to end. I found myself becoming lost in various passages, exploring the forest alongside protagonist Dermot and his younger brother Brian and impatient to know what perilous events or natural wonders would surface in the next several pages…
McDowell is a talented architect of entire villages and lands that make you believe they existed but a few centuries ago. I certainly do not want to give away any important pieces of the plot, so you’ll simply have to pick up a copy yourself! I thoroughly enjoyed devouring “Mystical Greenwood” and look forward to the upcoming literary pieces by Mr. McDowell! – Katie
The use of older, Celtic-oriented language gave this story a more ancient and mysterious feel. I have not read any other book that centered around gryphons and really enjoyed the focus on them. I also loved the nature-centered themes in this story. This book was what I read when I needed to center myself and feel more at peace, and I rooted for the characters the whole time. There was adventure, excitement, heartbreak and triumph. I can’t wait to see how Andrew McDowell develops both in his writing and with the story in the next book! – Rose
I really started to route for Dermot during his adventures in Greenwood. The story is cleverly told with a balance of intrigue, challenge and family ties. I loved the links to the natural world and environmental understanding. The world was fascinating and filled with interesting characters, wonderful settings and heart-stopping dilemmas. – mr j adams