Coll the young bard has a vision of danger and a mysterious high green hill. So on the morning after Wintereve he and his cheeky raven, Branwen sail away from his home far in the north of Alba (that’s Scotland now) on a quest to find the hill and rescue the thirteen Treasures of Britain. Who will help him? Will the gods be on his side? And how will he escape the fierce raiders sailing to attack the Island of Britain?
All is eventually revealed as Coll finds his way through the lands of Ellan Vannin, Eriu, Cymru, Armorica, Kernow and Dunein, not to mention the confusing mists of the Otherworld, telling fifty wonderful Celtic myths and playing his harp as he goes. And of course he has Branwen to keep him cheerful (and peck him when he’s not).
This book is in a similar format to Atticus the Storyteller’s 100 Greek Myths, so you can follow the separate story of Coll’s magical journey in words and Anthony Lewis’s great cartoons as you go through the book as well as having fun finding the real places he visits on a map of the British Isles.
“Those who want unadulterated Celtic stuff should get Coll the Storyteller’s Tales of Enchantment. These—some well known, others not—are among the best we have, and, in Coats’s clear prose, ideal for bedtime reading and/or holidays in Britain.”
Amanda Craig, The Times
“A real pleasure to read and to dip into for a long time…I was glad to see a raven featuring so prominently.”