From Goodreads: "If you are looking for a story with a strong female character, look no further than The Cloak by Sarah Jennings. It’s an interesting tale about a fictional land called Errigal. [...] I like the way the author combined medieval and modern day. It lent the story an air of romance without being too fanciful. I also liked how the main character [...]"
Kellan McKensie, Princess of Errigal, is set on leaving for another world before being thrust into a plan of God's choosing that includes learning of her past, embracing her future, and finding her forever love.
Among a lost line of beautiful, wise queens and a conquered country still clinging to medieval traditions in today's world, can Kellan be convinced that now is her time to act? Why should she? To the entire country, she doesn't even exist. Ever the reluctant leader, Kellan is pressured to use her incredible God-given abilities to bring back the glory of her homeland. To do so, she must fight her own will, overcome fears, and control her temper. It's a lot to ask of a girl hidden under a cloak her whole life.
Céad Míle Fáilte: A Hundred Thousand Welcomes
Welcome to Errigal! What would a Celtic themed setting be without green hills and a castle? Featured on the cover of The Cloak is Lismore Castle, a beautiful structure in the town of Lismore in County Waterford, Ireland. Although Errigal is a country all unto its own in the story, the wondrous landscapes and medieval architecture of Ireland provide the perfect backdrop for characters whose roots can be traced back to their Irish homeland.
It wasn’t a large, industrious European country, just a largely ignored small one tucked between France and Germany and clearly different from any other place on earth. While much of the world busied itself with gaining ground in technology, building powerful weapons, and seeking luxury accommodations, Errigal, meaning “small church”, remained a land immersed in the medieval culture it first possessed at its inception. Transportation by horse, cooking on a wood-fired stove, and in turn, dressing the part, were all the norm. (The Cloak, Chapter 1)
Many early Irish castles were constructed during the medieval period between the 11th and 15th century and were updated to fit various periods as time passed. Designed mainly as massive homes for defense, incorporating stone walls and water barriers, and not for displays of lavish living, the castles were often built for chieftains and outsiders worried about what may await them in another land. In The Cloak, descriptions of the McKensie Castle fall within this basic concept, with a few secret passages thrown in for fun.
Bewildered as to why he was out there, Kellan lifted the other shutter hook, and leaning out, yelled down to him, “You’re going to fall in the moat, you big dummy.” She thought he looked so funny down there. “What are you doing?”
“I request a meeting with the princess of the house,” he said grinning. He felt just as goofy as she thought he looked, but there was no other way to do it. He couldn’t just walk into her chambers, and her Mighty Men wouldn’t let him get close enough to wave.
“Just a minute,” she said. She would have to sneak out, without her men trailing her. Climbing out the window with nothing to hang on to wasn’t going to work from the third story of a moss covered stone castle. She’d be in the moat herself for sure, and there was no telling what was in there. No, thank you. (The Cloak, Chapter 6)
About the author:
Sarah Jennings is an American storyteller living in the hills of North Carolina with her husband, four children, and escape artist hound dog. Her stories often revolve around strong willed heroines who find their way with God’s help during their adventures and in the process find their soulmate too. The Cloak is one such story now available in print and ebook format.
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