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By Peter Tremayne

In January of 668 A.D., Fidelma of Cashel - sister to the king of Muman, an recommend of the Brehon law courts and a religieuse within the Celtic Church - is termed to enquire the brutal homicide of Abbess Faife and the mysterious disappearance of six younger lady religieuse accompanying  her on a quick pilgrimage clear of her abbey. whilst Sister Fidelma and her husband,  Brother Eadulf, arrive they locate that there was one other demise below mysterious situations, one of many senior students of the abbey has been bludgeoned to demise. those likely unrelated deaths - and the extra mysteries of the exchange send lured to its doom at the rocky western shore of eire and the rumored determine of "The grasp of Souls" wrecking havoc and elevating uprising - mix to create at the the main puzzling mysteries ever confronted via the redoubtable Fidelma.

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I didn't recognize this either,’ Conrí. protested. ‘I didn't comprehend they have been stone polishers. The abbot by no means instructed me. ’ Eadulf had became to the lady. ‘And this used to be what you have been made to do at the island? ’ ‘Even worse, we have been made to exploit, as tables, 3 of the oblong burial systems, quartz-covered leachts, below which the outdated leaders of the neighborhood have been buried. ’ Sister Easdan shivered and crossed herself. ‘They made us paintings on their graves as though they'd been not anything yet slabs of wooden. ’ ‘Why now not deny that you just have been staff in invaluable stones? ’ requested Eadulf. ‘They had evidently discovered who we have been and what we did,’ Sister Easdan spoke back. ‘That’s why they seized us and took us to the island - in order that shall we paintings for them. ’ Esumaro leant in the direction of Fidelma. ‘I were captain of a service provider vessel for a few years. i do know the alternate among the following and Gaul. i will be able to let you know that the stones I observed at the island - what do you name them, lec-lógmar? - have been important past something i've got noticeable in other places. Amethyst, topaz, emerald and sapphire … by no means have I obvious such riches prior to. ’ Eadulf regarded uncertain. ‘Where might such worthy stones come from? ’ he demanded. Gáeth the smith, who were listening carefully to the wondering, smiled lightly. ‘Do no longer be shocked, Brother Saxon. Such stones as those are to be discovered, frequently in abundance, in those mountains and the coastal components. they're extracted from clefts among the good rock surfaces, tiny shining crystals within the sandstone cliffs. they're tough to discover yet infrequently a wealthy seam of them involves mild. they're very dear for artisans to take advantage of. i do know that Ard Fhearta has its personal craftsmen who use the stones that those sisters reduce and varnish to brighten crucifixes and chalices and different icons in your Christian church. ’ ‘But emeralds, sapphires …’ begun Eadulf sceptically. ‘Believe me, Brother,’ Esumaro acknowledged earnestly, ‘I inform you i've got noticeable numerous containers of these glittering gem stones. The unworked crystal was once delivered to the sisters and once they had performed with it the stones have been kept in bins within the chapel. the guy, Olcán, and his grasp are accumulating a fortune. ’ ‘So those stones are neighborhood? have you learnt the place precisely they got here from? ’ requested Fidelma in interest. ‘They wouldn't inform us,’ Sister Easdan stated, ‘but we figured out that many of the hermits have been made to paintings at the a ways facet of the island. We think that there has been a seam there the place the crystal used to be abundant. It was once transparent pink stone, amethyst. it's not that i am certain the place they introduced the opposite in from. yet as Esumaro says, there have been a few sapphires and emeralds and some topazes. ’ Eadulf glanced at Esumaro. ‘You didn't own the slicing and sharpening ability of the sisters, so what did you do? ’ ‘I easily acted as a basic handyman,’ the sailor spoke back. ‘I lifted and carried. in the direction of the top, notwithstanding, i believe they suspected that i used to be probably not a non secular. ’ ‘Why used to be that? ’ Fidelma requested. ‘Well, while i used to be first taken captive Sister Easdan intervened once they acknowledged me as a Gaul.

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