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Library to host sword-wielding book launch

If you've never seen a medieval sword fight up close and personal (A Knight's Tale doesn't count) you can see just that on Sunday, Oct. 17, at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library during a book launch event for Janine De Tillio Cammarata's second book in the Fianna Cycle trilogy, "Eyes of the Goddess," which published on Sept. 30.

"I wanted to try and get young adults into the library and I thought by having this, I could accomplish that. For one, there's a lot of sword fighting in the book, so I thought let's make the action in the book come alive," said Cammarata. "People from the Society for Creative Anachronism are volunteering their time and will be all dressed in medieval garb, just having fun with some swordfighting."

The second book in this fantasy series woven around celtic mythology follows the leader of the Elite Fianna, Maecha Ruadh mac Art, who must leave her beloved third century Celtic Ireland to rescue her father, the High King Cormac mac Art from the Picts of Scotland. Her treacherous brother, Cairpre, remains behind to take over the kingdom of Tara for Akir, the Fire Lord, who desires both Maecha and her sword, Imbas Skye. On her journey Maecha encounters fantastic mythological characters such as Manannn mac Lir, God of the Sea and Scathach, the Warrior Goddess. Martial artist, Michaela Sommers is still deeply tied to her ancient Irish counterpart, Maecha. Now she must help 10-year-old Natalie Fischer understand what her dreams of an evil presence and a Celtic druid mean for this girl's future.

According to Cammarata, through training both body and mind, Maecha learns that you can't always control your destiny, but how you react to it defines you; that is a concept she said she understand far too well after dealing with the loss of her son Nick from cancer in 2008. Forming Nick's Fight to be Healed Foundation in his honor and to raise money for childhood cancer, Cammarata said completing this trilogy is another way for her to get through the tragedy.

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