If you awoke one day to find yourself part of a remote island community, centuries in the past, and you had the knowledge at your disposal to change their ancient world for what you perceived to be for the better, would you? Or might you decide to direct them in an entirely different direction? This is an intriguing yet crucial question that arises for John Finlay, ‘The Seaborne’, as he undergoes the gradual transformation from a modern-day city-dweller and business man to ‘Dhion’: fellow Islander and humble apprentice craftsman.
Dhion’s adventure is a story cleverly woven from several stories. Set in a world in which the tradition of story-telling is of the utmost importance – a collective memory functioning as a storehouse of wisdom and guidance to promote social cohesion – the islanders’ own tales serve as prophecies foretelling a sequence of events following the Seaborne’s entry into the islanders’ world; prophecies which, perhaps, (purely conjecture on my part) point beyond to what is still to come on the path that Dhion ultimately chooses…
Furthermore, this superbly and beautifully crafted story transports the reader into the mystical medieval world of Celtic spirituality. The author’s love and intimate knowledge of the Scottish landscape infuses the text. He makes apparent the importance of the hills and mountains, water, the sun and the moon to the everyday lives of his characters as one reads how individually or collectively the community fear, honour, and actively engage in the energies and consciousness of the natural world that shape both the boundaries, and the thresholds of their wild, western-isles existence. Biblical parallels and symbolism abound in this tale, which give it its power to move, to enthral, and potentially challenge and change the inner world of its reader.
Buy this book! But be forewarned: choose carefully a time to read it lest you find yourself compulsively absorbed, reading it into the early hours of the morning, utterly incapable of putting it down.P.D.N., 5 out of 5 stars. Verified Purchase on Amazon.co.uk.
Highly recommended reading – not only for lovers of the North.
I recently finished the Seaborne, and I really enjoyed reading it. Lots of Gaelic/Nordic influence there, which gives it a certain beautiful and at the same time rough feel I can somehow relate to having lived in Ireland, visited the British Isles up to the North, and also Iceland. Wouldn’t it be just wonderful to hear from a person from 1000 years back if their lives were really similar to what A.G.Rivett pictured them to be? Were they happier folks than us? Maybe? The hardship must also have been overwhelming oftentimes is what I’d imagine.Dr.F.Kommoss, 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed on Amazon.de.
A Contemporary Mirror.
This book THE SEABORNE is an inspired imagination of ancient Celtic culture in a parallel time context with our own civilization. The genius of the story is the prescient reflection of the themes of our present time through the consciousness of the main character John Finlay in his attempt to escape the failures of his life, and the challenges he faces outside of his own timeline and culture. This sets up a tension of values which reverberates through the story, creating a mirror of our present.
This is a story which demands a sequel…Brooksby, 5 out of 5 stars. Verified Purchase on Amazon.co.uk.
Delve into The Seaborne and meet John Finlay. Finlay is an engineer escaping from his failed business, relationship and debts. Dermot, pulling a body, barely alive, from the water, has never seen anyone so strangely dressed. His Celtic island knows nothing of debt or engineers. When John wakes among a people who cannot understand him he must accept that is in another time and world.
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