Nestled far off in its own corner of the ocean, the island of Eire shelters its formidably fierce inhabitants. While the island in S.C. McGrath’s To the Waters and the Wild (Seanachie Press) may be remote from the rest of the world, tensions are high among clashing rival clans that ravage the land. Despite the ongoing strife within Eire’s land, each clan lives a life of tranquility and simplicity. That is until word reaches Eire’s coastline of an impending invasion from the far-off Romhanach Empire.

Eire’s only hope for salvation lies in their own unification, but will each clan’s hubris prevent them from putting aside their differences to unify as one single army to deter the Romhanach? If there is to be any hope for future generations, the people of Eire must consider what is most important: their pride or their lives.

Tangled up in the midst of the political crisis is sixteen-year-old Keelin, the daughter of her clan’s chieftain. Gifted with the powers of telepathy and healing, Keelin has been fated to become a priestess, divining the will of the gods to her people. But such a life of solitude, of absolute selflessness, has never appealed to Keelin. She longs for something more: a life of adventure, of freedom. Keelin “…loved [the] fantastic tales of the mighty Romhanach Empire and its intrigues…She could not imagine a more exciting life than that of an adventurer in foreign lands.”

With the heart and soul of an adventurer, Keelin revels in dreams of escape. But these dreams prove to be more than what meets the eye, and Keelin soon discovers that there is also more than what meets the eye within the life of a priestess. With it comes the ability to travel to and from the Otherworld, the land separating life from death, the gods from the humans. The promise of the Otherworld is alluring, making Keelin’s internal struggles ever the more difficult.

“There is always a choice, Keelin. Do not let [anyone] tell you otherwise.”

Even though she grapples with the promises of adventure against the intriguing and mystifying land of the Otherworld, Keelin remains fiercely independent and steadfast in her determination to help her clan with the Romhanach invasion that continues to loom closer. Keelin’s selflessness she displays throughout the novel—through tirelessly aiding the sick and wounded to even risking her own safety for the sake of her people—is a testament to her unyielding character.

Though a fantasy novel set in the mystical past, To the Waters and the Wild is a true coming of age story and a social commentary on current worldly issues that exposes the truth of reality: in order to overcome staggering odds, sometimes it is necessary to set aside differences and band together to fight for a common cause.

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A native Californian, Susan grew up in western Malibu, riding her horse on the beach and in the hills, weaving stories and daydreaming. Now, a lifetime later, she still rides in the Santa Monica Mountains—either on a horse or a motorcycle—enjoying flights of fancy along the way.
During the intervening years, Susan earned a degree in history from UCLA, became a CPA, worked for an international biotechnology company and raised a family.

To the Waters and the Wild combines Susan’s love of history with the magical daydreams of her youth. For more on Susan, please visit her website.