Tuatha and the Seven Sisters Moon

Science Fiction & Fantasy

By Dayna VonThaer

Publisher : B.A.S.E.D. Press

ABOUT Dayna VonThaer

Dayna VonThaer
Born and raised in Ohio, I've lived up and down the east coast and in England before going to Texas. My first novel Tuatha and the Seven Sisters Moon was published in 2009 and the second book, Serpentine Souls is due winter 2011. 2012 is scheduled to be a busy year with four books planned  More...



Julius Caesar wrote of the Celts: The Celts were fearless warriors because they wish to inculcate this as one of their leading tenets, that souls do not become extinct, but pass after death from one body to another. Seven Sisters. The infamous collection of stars align with the full moon on Halloween, alighting the sky for a destiny that has waited centuries. Dru, a gifted but tormented witch living alone on the coast of Ireland wakes to find Ty, her long-time love, mysteriously disappeared. In Paris, Katerina, an oppressed but talented dancer bravely takes the stage in one final performance before escaping a life of tyranny, looking for a freedom she'd only known in dreams. Aodh, The Dagda, a man made of ancient legends, has slumbered for two millennia. Tonight, when the moon is full and the stars are aligned, he rises from his temporary grave to find the world is not as he remembers. His people, his family, his tribe have vanquished, along with the majority of his considerable power. Chance takes him to Dru, and together they set out to find the key to reopening his world, whilst forming a bond of friendship neither has ever previously known. During their search, Dru learns Ty was no mortal man, but a god with a prophecy to fulfill. Ty died before fulfilling that prophecy, setting off a chain of events that would forever alter the future. Devastated, Dru abandons Aodh and the life that should have already been hers, and finds herself in the company of the worst sort. She begins a sordid affair with Kas, a daemon whose insatiable lust for power is only outdone by his lust for Dru. Separated from the only friend he knows, Aodh is left to search the world alone for answers. He meets the beautiful dancer, Katerina, and is instantly smitten. He stays near her, pretending to be mortal, gaining her friendship. On Katerina's birthday, just as Aodh is ready to concede to a life of mortality, Katerina is ripped from him by Kas. Aodh's ideas on remaining mortal are no more; he has to unlock the secrets to his world that will open a trove of unimaginable power to save the two women he loves, before time is no longer in his favour, and he loses everything.  

It started as a short story about a witch living alone in Ireland. For my 30th birthday, my husband gave me the gift of travel. I visited London alone and met up with friends one night for dinner at their parent's house. The dad is an old Irish guy; so smart and clever. He and the sons started going back and forth about my name, Dayna. He then told me stories of the Tuatha De Danaan and how I am named after the mother Goddess, Danu. It stuck with me and the short story about the Irish witch blossomed into 800,000 words. My husband urged me to turn it into a book, and so I did. At least seven books are written. The first of them is Tuatha and the Seven Sisters Moon and how their story is reborn in the new modern world.

This book has surprises around every corner. Nothing is what it appears to be at first. Characters we grow to love and know die, they hurt, they experience true pain. The book is also surprisingly humorous, the dialogue is realistic and fresh. The best part is the writing is superb. VonThaer's world is vivid and exciting, her characters are well-rounded and deep, and her style is unique. The book is 418 pages, but you breeze through it because the story is so rich and entrancing. I've read it a few times now and each time I find bits and pieces I've missed the previous time around. DT Sullivan