Binding Oaths

Book 12 in the Wyrdwolf series

Book 12 in the Wyrdwolf series
When Izzy begins to suspect her son's dog is an intruder, she has no idea of the horrors this will reveal. With Michael seriously ill and Morgan in trouble at school, the last thing she needs is to uncover an ages-old plot that has robbed Merlin's heirs of their memories. Then Izzy finds out she has lost something she would kill to regain.

If only she could remember what it is.

Bound by the Seelie Court, Declan can't tell her what he knows. Except that the only way they can recover what they've lost is for Michael to kill an elf. With her mates ill or threatened, Izzy begins to think they have no hope.

Help comes from two witches who are forced to face their own past when they agree to a request from Declan. By the time they realise how deeply they are involved, they and those they love are already at risk.

Unable to rely on anything she thinks she remembers, Izzy must make a nightmare journey to ancient lands in a last-ditch attempt to save her mates, her cubs and herself against overwhelming odds. This time they are fighting elves – and their only chance is to reach the witches first.

Binding Oaths - 175,000 words, set in sans serif typeface.

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  • True BitsIf you want to know which of the folklore and history in the books is true

True Bits in the book (folklore and history)

Tree Lore
 The folklore of the trees – rowan, oak, ash, hawthorn, yew etc., is real.

Chapter 3
Morgan’s TV show: the Nanteos Cup actually exists. The 13 Treasures of Britain buried with Merlin on Bardsey Island is part of British folklore. Merlin’s Oak in Carmarthen existed until recently. St Beuno’s Cup is based on the Trawsfynydd Tankard, housed in the national Museum of Wales. The Mabinogion is the main collection of ancient Welsh mythology.
Vortigern is mentioned in several early sources. The famous story of the two dragons and Merlin is in the Historia Brittonum (History of the Britons), commonly attributed to Nennius, a 9th century Christian monk from Gwynedd, Wales. Y Draig Coch is Welsh for “the red dragon”. This is the name of the Welsh flag.
The references to imprisonment and being trapped underwater refer to Vivienne/Nimue’s capture of Merlin.

Chapter 4
According to Bede, an 8th century Christian monk living in the Scottish Borders, the pagan Anglo Saxons celebrated the month of Eostre around April. The month is named after a goddess and the English word ‘Easter’ is probably derived from this.

Chapter 12
Orpheus (Ancient Greece) and Väinämöinen (Finnish Kalevala) are famous for charming animals through playing on their harps.
The security alphabet soup is mostly real. These laws and organisations exist… except the Magical Security Foundation. I made that one up.
Hearts, diamonds, daisy wheels, shoes, cats etc. are all examples of apotropaic – protective – magic used from medieval times (at least). They are still used. The bit about diamonds being used for the Vanir isn’t true, though I suspect Freyja would rather it were.

Chapter 14
The Dunning–Kruger effect exists. Right down to the lemon juice story.
Gudrun Sjödén exists. Or did when I wrote this.
There is a Welsh Christian saint called Melangell. She was said to be the daughter of an Irish king and is associated with hares. In folklore, hares are also associated with witches.
Tylwyth Teg are the Welsh elves.

Chapter 15
The tale of Math fab Mathonwy, Gwydion and Blodeuwedd is in the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogion. However, Kirion the Sallow had no part in it.
Math and Gwydion made Blodeuwedd out of oak, broom and meadowsweet.
As Michael says, you won’t find the bit in the Mabinogion about the oak tree Lleu perched in being the same one used to make Blodeuwedd. I made that up.
Kirion the Sallow isn’t mentioned as part of Lleu’s story.

Chapter 16
The Kipling quote is real, as is the Cornish story about the spriggan. Tolkien’s song is in The Hobbit.
Thomas of Erceldoune is a figure in Scottish Borders folklore.

Chapter 18
The information about Trellech is real, including the well.
The tying of rags on the branches of trees is still a living tradition in Britain.
Declan’s information about roses and Harpocrates is true.

Chapter 19
The Arthurian folklore from Tintagel is real, as is the probable history of “Arthur’s Castle”.

Chapter 20
The folklore about white hares is real.

Chapter 21
The Hurlers and the Pipers exist. I’ve tweaked the folklore about them.
There is Cornish folklore about the enchanter lord of Pengersick. This includes an Eastern wife, the mysterious stranger and the fire.
Arthurian tales have Arthur taken to Avalon after the Battle of Camlann.
The stuff about Cadoc, King Donyarth and the history of the title of Earl of Cornwall is all real. The curse is mine.

Chapter 22
Skidbladnir is mentioned in Snorri’s Edda. It could be folded up and always had a fair wind. The name means “assembled from thin pieces of wood”.
The Gokstad ship was rescued from a Viking era burial mound in Scandinavia and is now in Oslo.

Chapter 24
Folklore exists about a harpist variously named Glascurion, Kirion the Sallow, Keraint, Glasgerion etc. He’s mentioned by Chaucer in his House of Fame and the tale of love and revenge is Child Ballard #67.
Pucas are a part of Brythonic folklore.
Yggdrasil is the world tree in Heathen mythology. The Glastonbury thorn and Merlin’s Oak exist (or existed until recently). Folklore surrounds both.

Chapter 25
‘Tapping the bone’ exists.
What Rain says about the Anglo Saxon rune set is true. She uses meanings from tree folklore.

Chapter 26
Many of the ingredients in the potion are used in relevant herbal remedies. Some are dangerous. Some are my imagination.
The Crick Stone or Mên-an-Tol exists.
The all-female Takarazuka Revue is a popular Japanese drama school. Those who play the leading male roles are celebrities.

Chapter 30
The folklore about hag stones is real. The Crick Stone was probably used for healing.

Chapter 33
The Arthurian legends began with Gildas, Nennius and Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia.
The Bodmin Manumissions is an excellent source for medieval Cornish names.
John Militon is a real person who owned Pengersick castle in the 16th century. His son Job was briefly Governor of St Michael’s Mount.

Chapter 34
The Old North (Yr Hen Ogledd in Welsh) existed. It stretched roughly from the existing M62 motorway to the Antonine Wall in Scotland, and included the ancient Welsh kingdom of Gwynedd.
Julius Caesar tells us druid training took twenty years.

Chapter 35
Job Militon was governor of St Michael’s Mount. So were many others.

Chapter 39
The Ring of Luned is one of the mythical 13 Treasures of Britain. The folklore relating to it is real.
The Trawsfynydd Tankard is in a museum in Cardiff and is as described in the book. There is no cup called after St Beuno.
St Beuno exists as a saint. He may have been two different people due to the timelines. Edward’s potted history of him is real.

Chapter 40
Broceliande is part of the myths about Merlin. On the map, it’s the Forêt de Paimpont.
“O Rose thou art sick” is from the poem The Sick Rose by William Blake.

Chapter 41
The bit about Anglesey being the last stand of the druids is true, according to the Roman sources. However, as there’s no Math’s Well it didn’t run red.

Chapter 44
Many apotropaic symbols were seared. They were placed as Cheryl says.

Chapter 47
Awen is an ancient Brythonic concept of inspiration.

Chapter 52
According to the Mabinogion, Math fab Mathonwy was said to be king of Gwynedd. Glasgerion was said to be the son of the king of Powys, which is where St Beuno came from.

Chapter 56
The geography of the journey to Wales is accurate. It can be followed on a map.

Chapter 58 Canines can smell the reaction of silver tarnishing.

Chapter 60
Castell Bryn Gwyn exists.

Chapter 62
The Seelie Court takes place in the area occupied by the Bryn Gwyn stone circle. Only two stones remain, as described.

Chapter 67
I didn’t invent the bit about Loki’s child with Tiw’s wife. In the Lokasenna in the Poetic Edda, Loki taunts Tyr with the claim. However, that child is a son, not a daughter. And not (as far as we know!) a werewolf.

Chapter 69
Joan-the-wad is part of Cornish folklore.
Many of the ancient tin mines are in the same area as Mên Scryfa.