The Tales of Annwn — (1999-2001) Publisher: Young Maeve is disgruntled and depressed when she is sent for the summer to her aunt’s house in Newfoundland while her parents try to work out problems in their marriage and careers. But she does enjoy Newfoundland’s rustic charms and the closeness she feels there to her favourite grandmother, now dead. Maeve’s grandmother was the author of a fantastic book about the secret world of Annwn and Maeve is delighted to discover her grandmother’s diary and a beautiful Celtic brooch that was stored with it. Then something strange begins to happen, something that convinces Maeve she is leaving Newfoundland, and in no ordinary fashion. Before long, Maeve finds herself in the Hidden World, a place she is sure her grandmother has visited too, a place that is alive with magic and danger. As she struggles to help her new-found friends in Annwn and unravel the mystery of her grandmother’s time there, she finds herself immersed in a world of legend, where Celtic myths, tales of the sea and the secrets of Avalon come together in a fantastic and horrifying way.
Willowmere Chronicles — (2003-2006) Publisher: Whenever Claire passes by Willowmere, she is intrigued by the beauty and exoticism of the estate, so out of place in the small town where she lives. Willowmere’s owner, Dr. Myra Moore, is equally fascinating. She tells Claire about the Wiccan belief system, which is not about dark spells and magic, but rather about affirming the goodness of the earth and all living things. Claire begins to read about witchcraft and natural magic on her own, trying to understand what truth may lie within its ancient lore and wondering if it can help solve the mystery of her mother’s disappearance. As she struggles to understand the powers of both good and evil, Claire is drawn towards the past, to the witch trials of the seventeenth century.