Like a spear that roars for blood

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And Greidyawl-the-Wise came into the clearing where sat
Gwythyr surrounded by all the birds and animals, and he took
from Gwythyr’s grasp the harp of Tertiu-the-Melodious.

“Like a spear that roars for blood,” sang Greidyawl-the-Wise,
“Or the flower whose face is fair,” sang back Gwythyr-the-Bright.

“Like a sea that beats upon the shore,” sang Greidyawl-the-Wise,
“Or the wind that blows across a lake,” sang back Gwythyr-the-Bright.
“Like a drop, the sun lets fall,” sang Greidyawl-the-Wise,
“Or the hill on which a poet muses,” sang back Gwythyr-the-Bright.

“Like the lover torn from love’s sweet flight,” sang
Greidyawl-the-Wise, “Or an idea that sets the mind alight,”
sang back Gwythyr-the-Bright, and then he took from
Greidyawl’s grasp, the harp of Tertiu-the-Melodious.

“Like the stag of seven tines,” sang Gwythyr-the-Bright,
“Or a boar, ruthless and red,” sang back Greidyawl-the-Wise.

“Like the flood that spreads across a plain,” sang Gwythyr-the-Bright,
“Or a wave which drags to death,” sang back Greidyawl-the-Wise.

“Like the hawk that hovers atop a cliff,” sang Gwythyr-the-Bright,
“Or a salmon which circles beneath the pool,” sang back Greidyawl-the-Wise
and then a quiet stillness fell upon the clearing, with the bright radiance
of the moon alone, seemingly loud over the whole of that becalmed forest.


Crucible of the SunCrucible of the Sun: The Mabinogion Retold
By Stuart France
“I will dazzle like fire, hard and high, will flame the breaths of my desire; chief revealer of that which is uttered and that which is asked, tonight I make naked the word.”

Once upon a time we gathered around the flames of the hearth and listened to tales of long ago and far away. The stories grew in the telling, weaving ancient lore whose origins lie somewhere in a misty past with tales of high adventure, battles, magic and love. In Crucible of the Sun this oral tradition is echoed in a unique and lyrical interpretation of tales from the Mabinogion, a collection of stories whose roots reach back into the depths of time, spanning the world and reflecting universal themes of myth and legend.

These tales capture a narrative deeply entwined through the history of the Celtic peoples of the British Isles, drawing on roots that are embedded in the heart of the land. In Crucible of the Sun the author retells these timeless stories in his own inimitable and eminently readable style. The author’s deep exploration of the human condition and the transitions between the inner worlds illuminate this retelling, casting a unique light on the symbolism hidden beyond the words, unravelling the complex skein of imagery and weaving a rich tapestry of magic.

‘The author’s creative and scholarly engagement with the material and enthusiasm for the original tales is evident throughout.’ The Welsh Books Council

‘I found it very inspiring!’ Philip Carr-Gomm, Chosen Chief, Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (O.B.O.D.)

Available worldwide via Amazon, in paperback and for Kindle.
ISBN-10: 1494785137
ISBN-13: 978-1494785130

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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4 Responses to Like a spear that roars for blood

  1. Éilis Niamh says:

    Wow! This sounds truely inspired by the other world. Do let me know if/when the book is available on audible or in an accessible ebook format for the blind. Or whether I might be able to buy a digital copy from the author. I’d love to read it!


    • Sue Vincent says:

      Thank you, I’ll pass that along to Stuart, the author, who will be with me tomorrow. I need to learn more about accessibility for books. This one is available as an ebook in Kindle version from Amazon if that is of any use?


      • Éilis Niamh says:

        Kindles are very expensive, and it is completely hit or miss whether or not publishers will turn on accessibility features for their book–i.e. allow text to speech– which makes it impractical to buy because a person never knows whether or not a book will be readable before downloading it. Also you can’t read kindle books in Braille. Ebooks based on pdf or or other format not linked to anything like Nook or Kindle are usually accessible. It’s not an issue most people are familiar with, so thank you for looking into it for me. 🙂


        • Sue Vincent says:

          I’ll double check whether we have text to speech turned on, Eilis. If I have seen that option when publishing I would have turned it on… my son has limited vision and uses text to speech.

          I don’t know if you know, or if it would be of use with text to speech software, but you can read Kindle books on the computer though, without the need to buy a Kindle. Amazon provide a free Kindle reader for PC, Mac and most mobile phones. That could open a whole lot of books up for you, perhaps.

          If that wouldn’t work for you, I know Stuart would happily send you the pdf.:-)


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