Long before history began, when Ireland was ruled by poets and tribal chieftains, the prophet Sinnach was the most powerful druid in the ancient province of Mumu. But before he was a prophet, before he was a poet, he was a just boy... a boy whom everyone believed was a girl. Unable to suppress his true nature, Sinnach fled persecution and sought refuge in the wilderness. By his nature, his talents, and his oath to the goddess Ériu, Sinnach came to find his place in a world shaped by poetry, magic, and combat. Yet the attainment of great power is not without consequence. Sinnach is inadvertently entangled in the dangerous affairs of both men and Síd, the Faerie Folk. His perilous travels into the Otherworld, the conflicting passions of love, and the return of an old enemy threaten to endanger his identity, peace between the tribes, and peace between the worlds. Inspired by the great mythological epics of ancient Ireland, this is a new myth that tells very old truths about who we were, who we are, and who we might become.
McDonnell (Miach & Airmed) draws from ancient Irish legend to craft a lyrical new myth about a transgender druid prophet in this lovely first volume in the saga of Sinnach the Seer. Raised as a girl until age 13, young Áedán flees his abusive family and joins the filid, a mountain community of scholars. As Áedán grows and learns the ways of the filid—which encompass poetry, healing, and magic—he grows increasingly determined to transform his body to reflect his actual gender. Reborn as Sinnach, he travels through royal courts and faerie realms alike, attempting to use his newfound powers to maintain the balance between the worlds. Though the dense prose occasionally falls into an academic tone that some readers will find off-putting (“nothing could have prepared him for this latest phase of somatic betrayal”), McDonnell’s deep understanding of ancient Irish culture shines. Mythology buffs and fans of LGBTQ fantasy won’t want to miss this arresting series debut. (Self-published)