Magdalen Rising : The Maeve Chronicles

  • by Elizabeth Cunningham
  • Narrated by Heather O'Neill
  • Series: The Maeve Chronicles
  • 16 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Young Magdalen and Jesus, brimming with youthful charm and arrogance, find each other and fall in love, forging a bond that is stronger than death. Their pleasure is overshadowed by a brilliant but unbalanced druid who knows a perilous secret about Maeve's past. The prequel to The Passion of Mary Magdalen.


What the Critics Say

"Smart and earthy.... Richly imaginative.... The epitome of the storyteller's art." (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, named one of The Year's Best Books)
"This amazing book could well become a classic of women's literature." (Booklist, named one of the Year's Ten Best Fantasy Books)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

The Story as Maeve meant you to hear it!

Would you consider the audio edition of Magdalen Rising to be better than the print version?

It is a bit unorthodox for the author to be writing a review, but the audio format is new to me and is a work of art in itself. I love the words I wrote and I love hearing them spoken in Heather O'Neill's beautiful, expressive voice. What is better about the audio version is that Maeve is a first century Celt trained in the oral tradition. As such she is skeptical of the written word. Maeve and I are both thrilled that you can now hear the story as she always intended for you to do.

What other book might you compare Magdalen Rising to and why?

The Maeve Chronicles are comparable to other epic series, like Tolkien's and Gabaldon's.

Have you listened to any of Heather O'Neill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not yet, but I will. She is a superb reader!

Who was the most memorable character of Magdalen Rising and why?

Well, Maeve is second to no one of course. But I have a fondness for all the wild old women. The Cailleach, Dwynwyn and Anna the Prophetess.

Any additional comments?

Treat yourself to these books no matter how many times you've read them or if you have never read them. Your life may be changed, as mine surely was in writing them.

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- Elizabeth Cunningham

Engaging Historical Fantasy

What did you love best about Magdalen Rising?

The author's knowledge of the New Testament and her ability as a storyteller.

Who was your favorite character and why?


Have you listened to any of Heather O'Neill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. She does a great job and continues to be one of my favorite narrators.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Lover of the World

Any additional comments?

Listened to the entire series and highly recommend it.

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- Donato

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-20-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios