A Fire in his Head
Stories of Wandering Aengus
by Loreto Todd
O’Brien Press 2002
A unique fantasy adventure that takes the theme of W.B. Yeats’ poem The Song of Wandering Aengus as its motif and draws into its telling a rich Celtic legacy of myth, legend and language.
Aengus, the god of love, embarks on a long quest into the unknown in pursuit of the girl of his dreams. His journey turns into a surreal voyage through time and place, breaking through the boundaries between illusion and reality, and peopled by extraordinary characters and events that challenge his courage, his imagination and his notions of what is truth.
The reader accompanies him on a rollercoaster ride through worlds of heroes, immortals, monsters, mind-readers and magic, and through the imaginative world of Celtic story telling, where past, present and future interweave.
We re-live the epic journey of Maeldun, the discoveries of Brendan the Navigator, the doomed love of Deirdre and Naoise, Cuchulainn and the swans, and a host of other famous and lesser-known legends from Celtic myth.