In Finland's swy past lived the greatest sorcerer who ever was. He was born an old man of his mother, Ilmatar, a great air and sea goddess. He sang his magic and created all we see around us. But one day he sang a change into the world and that's when all the trouble began. In the rth, past Finland's furthest fields, lay Lapland, a green and fertile place under the rule of Louhi, a shape-shifting witch. She and her priestesses tended a magical chest from which the land's fertility came. Theirs was an idyllic world, until the aftershocks of the sorcerer's song of change swept through their land and their lives. Even the eternal magical forestfolk sensed that something new was coming. Among the oldest myths are the oral stories that Finnish storytellers told around their firelit ingleoks. A few of these myths were recorded in the Finnish epic, The Kalevala. Swmagic is written in homage to this classic epic, using its characters and events as a jumping off point. Tolkien based aspects of his Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion on The Kalevala.
Laurel Jean Jackson is an American writer who lives and works in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. She gets her fascination with Finnish folklore from her father's side of the family. In Finland, his family's name was Niemela and they were fishers and boat builders. She is married to another writer and their lives are filled with words. Laurel has a step-daughter and step-son of whom she is very proud. Connect with the author online at Laurel's Blog: http: //laurelicious.wordpress.com/