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This Present Past

Narrated by: Edwina Wren
Length: 17 hrs and 39 mins
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The long-awaited prequel to Traci Harding's much-loved Ancient Future series.  

Before he was Taliesin of Lynn Cerrig Bach, he was Gwion of Lynn Tegid, bumbling his way through this Present Past. Born in Powys, the son of a lowly wood merchant, Gwion is enchanted by the comely Creirwy - daughter of Tegid Foel, the Giant, and his wife, Keridwen, the goddess witch of Lynn Tegid.  

During a brush with the Sons of the Long Knives, Gwion earns the trust of Keridwen and is offered employment at her Castell in Gwynedd. There the goddess is brewing a potion of prophetic insight and secret wisdom, destined for her monstrous, shape-shifting son, Morvran. But an ill-timed accident on the final day of his task sees Gwion inherit all the potion's supernatural abilities.  

In a shapeshifting battle, Gwion is swallowed by Keridwen, and upon her return to human form the Goddess discovers that she is pregnant. A punishment imposed on her by Gwyn ap Nudd, Lord of the Otherworld, dooms the goddess to carry the babe in her womb for decades.  

Twenty three years later, in the weir on the Afon Dyfi, a child is found by Prince Elphin of Meirion and, due to the light radiating from his brow, is named Taliesin. An exceptional lad, Taliesin's presentation at court sparks a nasty feud with King Maelgwn of Gwynedd that threatens to bring rebellion and the downfall of all the kingdoms of Cymru.

©2018 Traci Harding (P)2018 Bolinda

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  • Gavin
  • Duncraig, Australia
  • 07-12-2018

Soooooo Good!!!

Over the last few novels, and especially this one, Traci has reached another level again, in her story telling prowess. This book draws you into a world, so real, you would think Traci were recounting history as it actually happened, with the insight of someone who'd been there and experienced it.

Once again, Edwina Wren proves she is one of the very best readers alive. Thank you so much, Edwina. You are a delight to listen to. Your character insight, and, expression are magical. You and Traci's tails are THE perfect match.

Bravo, both of you, bravo.

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Traci has done it again.

It is no surprise to me that I loved this book from start to finish as there is nothing Traci has written that I have not loved. She has cleverly woven a tale that answers the questions that I, and other fans had about Taliesin and other characters. It was a pleasure to hear Edwina Wren do yet another of the boooks with the same outstanding performance I have come to know. Thank you both so much.

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Awesome book

This was awesome. Loved it. It answered so many questions about Taliesin that weren't answered in the previous trilogies.

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  • MURRAY
  • 04-12-2018

Amazing addition to the stories of the Chosen

Traci Harding has done it again, I believe this is a truly excellent story and I have enjoyed more than I can say. While I admit I have always had questions regarding Taliesin's past, this story answered questions I didn't even know i wanted answers too. I cant speak highly enough of the story of Taliesin's mortal life as Gwion, before he became the legend we all know and love is a wonderful read.
Edwina Wren once again delivers an amazing tale, In my opinion she is by far the best of the many narrators who have voiced the stories of Traci Harding.