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A
CCLAIM FOR
S
TEPHEN R. LAWHEAD'S
P
AST
W
ORKS

“[T]he narrative has the excitement of a fantasy novel, a vivid historical setting, and a lengthy, credible, and satisfying plot—just the right elements, in fact, that have made Lawhead a commercial success time and again.”

—
Publishers Weekly
review of
Byzantium

“In a style reminiscent of Tolkien, Lawhead presents a world of vivid imagery. This book is a delight.”

—
Bookstore Journal
regarding
The Paradise War


Patrick
is unfailingly sympathetic and believable, and his story of losing and finding his faith will resonate with a wide spectrum of readers.”

—
Publishers Weekly

“Celtic twilight shot with a brighter, fiercer light, and tinged with modern villainy . . . savagely beautiful.”

—Michael Scott Rohan, author of the Winter of the
World trilogy regarding
The Endless Knot

“Though Lawhead brilliantly creates an authentic and vivid Arthurian Britain, he never forsakes the sense of wonder that has graced the Arthurian legend throughout the ages.”

—
Publishers Weekly
regarding
Pendragon

“Lawhead invests his often poetic vision of a Celtic land living ancient laws with charm and dignity.”

—
Publishers Weekly
review of
The Silver Hand

“An epic struggle between Light and Darkness . . . well paced, exciting and well researched.”

—Mick Norman, author of
Forbidden Planet
regarding
The Silver Hand

“This graceful combination of Atlantean legend, Celtic myth, and Christian message reminiscent of C. S. Lewis. Highly recommended.”

—
Library Journal
review of
Taliesin
: Book One of the Pendragon Cycle

“Lawhead's [
The Iron Lance
] displays the author's deep convictions as well as his storytelling expertise.”

—
Library Journal

“Rich in historical detail and peopled with a wide variety of believable characters, this novel of simple faith and high adventure should appeal to fans of Christian fantasy.”

—
Library Journal
review of
The Black Rood
: The Celtic Crusades Book 2

“Lawhead pulls off a genuinely moving parable of good and evil.”

—
Publishers Weekly
regarding
Avalon
: The Return of King Arthur

THE SILVER HAND

OTHER TITLES BY STEPHEN R. LAWHEAD

The Dragon King Trilogy:

In the Hall of the Dragon King

The Warlords of Nin

The Sword and the Flame

Dream Thief

Empyrion I: The Search for Fierra

Empyrion II: The Siege of Dome

The Pendragon Cycle:

Taliesin

Merlin

Arthur

Pendragon

Grail

Avalon

Song of Albion trilogy:

The Paradise War

The Silver Hand

The Endless Knot

Byzantium

The Celtic Crusades:

The Iron Lance

The Black Rood

The Mystic Rose

Patrick, Son of Ireland

Hood

SONG OF ALBION ~ BOOK 2
THE SILVER HAND

STEPHEN R.
LAWHEAD

Visit
www.stephenlawhead.com

© 1992, 2006 by Stephen R. Lawhead.

All rights reserved. No portion of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means—electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, scanning, or other—except for brief quotations in critical reviews or articles, without the prior written permission of the publisher.

Published in Nashville, Tennessee, by Thomas Nelson. Thomas Nelson is a registered trademark of Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Thomas Nelson, Inc., titles may be purchased in bulk for educational, business, fund-raising, or sales promotional use. For information, please e-mail [email protected]

Publisher's Note: This novel is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are either products of the author's imagination or used fictitiously. All characters are fictional, and any similarity to people living or dead is purely coincidental.

Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data

Lawhead, Steve.
   The silver hand / Stephen Lawhead.
      p. cm. — (Song of Albion ; bk. 2)
   ISBN 978-1-59554-220-5 (softcover)
   1. Mythology, Celtic—Fiction. I. Title. II. Series: Lawhead, Steve. Song of Albion (WestBow Press) ; bk. 2.
  PS3562.A865S55 2006
  813'.54—dc22
  2006014184

Printed in the United States of America
09 10 11 12 QW 10 9 8 7 6

To Donovan Welch

C
ONTENTS

P
RONUNCIATION
G
UIDE

1.
D
OOMSAYER

2.
R
ETURN OF THE
H
ERO

3.
T
ÁN N'
R
IGH

4.
T
HE
C
APTIVE
P
IT

5.
H
UNTED

6.
S
AFE
H
AVEN

7.
B
LACK
B
ELTAIN

8.
T
HE
L
AST
G
ORSEDD

9.
C
AST
A
DRIFT

10.
T
HE
N
EMETON

11.
G
OFANNON'S
G
IFT

12.
D
RUIM
V
RAN

13.
T
HE
C
RANNOG

14.
V
ISITORS

15.
D
EADLY
A
LLIANCES

16.
A F
LIGHT OF
R
AVENS

17.
G
LORIOUS
S
CHEMES

18.
T
HE
C
HALLENGE

19.
I
NVASION

20.
G
REAT
H
OUND OF
H
AVOC

21.
A
SSAULT ON
S
CI

22.
T
HE
R
ESCUE

23.
E
SCAPE

24.
V
ALE OF
M
ISERY

25.
D
INAS
D
WR

26.
D
EAD
W
ATER

27.
T
HE
G
IANT'S
S
TONE

28.
D
YN
D
YTHRI

29.
B
LIGHT

30.
W
HERE
T
WO
R
OADS
C
ROSS

31.
T
RAFFERTH

32.
F
IRESTORM

33.
T
HE
W
ORD
A
LREADY
S
POKEN

34.
E
NIGMA AND
P
ARADOX

35.
T
HE
G
WR
G
WIR

36.
D
EADLY
R
IVER

37.
D
EFEAT

38.
S
ILVER
H
AND

39.
O
RAN
M
ÔR

I
NTERVIEW WITH THE
A
UTHOR

P
RONUNCIATION
G
UIDE

Many of the old Celtic words and names are strange to modern eyes, but they are not as difficult to pronounce as they might seem at first glance. A little effort—and the following rough guide—will help you enjoy the sound of these ancient words.

Consonants
– As in English, but with the following exceptions:

c:
hard – as in
c
at (never soft, as in
cent
)
ch:
hard – as in Ba
ch
(never soft, as in
church
)
dd:
a hard
th
sound, as in
th
en
f:
a hard
v
sound, as in o
f
ff:
a soft
f
sound, as in o
ff
g:
hard – as in
g
irl (never soft, as in
George
)
ll:
a Gaelic distinctive, sounded as
tl
or
hl
on the sides of the tongue
r:
rolled or slightly trilled, especially at the beginning of a word
rh:
breathed out as if
h-r
and heavy on the
h
sound
s:
soft – as in
s
in (never hard, as in
his
); when followed by a vowel it takes on the sh sound
th:
soft – as in
th
istle (never hard, as in
then
)

Vowels
– As in English, but generally with the lightness of short vowel sounds

a:
short, as in c
a
n
á:
slightly softer than above, as in
a
we
e:
usually short, as in m
e
t
é:
long
a
sound, as in h
e
y
i:
usually short, as in p
i
n
í:
long
e
sound, as in s
ee
o:
usually short, as in h
o
t
ó:
long
o
sound, as in w
o
e
ô:
long
o
sound, as in g
o
u:
usually sounded as a short
i
, as in p
i
n
ú:
long
u
sound as in s
u
e
ù:
short
u
sound as in m
u
ck
w:
sounded as a long
u
, as in h
u
e; before vowels often becomes a soft consonant as in the name G
w
en
y:
usually short, as in p
i
n; sometimes
u
as in p
u
n; when long, sounded
e
as in s
ee
; rarely,
y
as in why)
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