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The Boy Apprenticed to an Enchanter

Padraic Colum

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Also in that hall there was the statue of a woman holding a dart in her hand. When my master came within, the statue that held the dart flung it, and the dart struck a gleaming carbuncle that was in the wall. Lights came into the torches that the statues held, and all the hall was lighted up.

I sat with my master at a table, and the statues moved to us, bringing us wine and fruits. We ate and drank, and afterward a golden figure came to[Pg 31] the Enchanter, and, sitting down before him, played a game of chess with him.

The next day my master showed me more of the wonders of the Inaccessible Island. No ships came near, for there was no way to come to that island except by following the birds that were of the whiteness of a swan and that flew always in the middle distance. On this island Zabulun the Enchanter had lived for longer than the lifetimes of many men, studying magic and all the ways of enchantment. And for three years I, Eean, the son of . . . Read More

Community Reviews

A short and comfy read. Highly recommend.

Eean, a fisherman's son and late an enchanter's apprentice, is caught trying to steal a king's marvelous horse. To stave off execution, he relates the events that led up to the attempted theft, and halfway through his tale, someone else breaks into the stable...

The author is Irish, but this has nev