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Michael Scott is well known Irish author who has given tremendous contributions to literature through his novels based on the fantasy, horror and young adult genres. He was born on September 28, 1959 in Dublin, Ireland. Apart from writing the fantasy novels under his real name, he also uses a pen name for writing the novels based on romance and science fiction genres. Since he started writing novels professionally as an author, he never stopped and has published at least one book each year and has now completed 25 years in this profession. He has now become one of the most prolific and successful authors of Ireland. It is said that Michael has more than 100 titles to his credit under various genres in his writing career. The novels written by him have been published in more than 38 countries of the world and in the categories of both the adults and the young adults. His novels have also been translated into more than 20 languages all over the world. Michael possesses a huge collection of the Irish Folk and Fairy Tales, Irish Ghosts and Hauntings and the Irish Myths and Legends. These collections of Michael have continuously remained in print for more than 20 years and have also been included in the most-quoted and definitive works related to the subject. For his excellent works, Michael is considered to be one of the authorities of Celtic lands’ folklore. He is also the main reason behind the resurgence of the interest of people in the Irish subjects during the mid 1980s.
The horror novels written by Michael are considered as cult classics in the genre and depict the cast knowledge that Michael has about the folklore. The first 2 novels of the fantasy trilogy written by him got exceptional reviews in the United States. The publishers Weekly praised Michael Scott for all the minute details that he has presented in the fantasy series. Michael also wrote a dark fantasy about the ancient world of Etruria, exploring its existence before the Roman Empire. Another historical fantasy written by him is set in the Elizabethan era and gives an idea about his vast knowledge of history. Michael is referred to as The King of Fantasy in the modern world by The Irish Times. Other than being a popular novelist, Michael is also an accomplished scriptwriter, having worked in the drama department of the Tyrone Productions, who are the makers of Riverdance. Michael has written a number of scripts for the screen and stage and has also made scripted documentaries for the television dramas. For once in his career, Michael had the opportunity of scripting the high profile event of the Special Olympics that were held in Ireland in the year 2002 as well as the Film and Television Awards in Ireland. The Guide to Children’s Books has praised Michael for his efforts of unparalleled contribution to the children’s literature. When Dublin was in the tenure as the European City of Culture in the year 1991, Michael had the opportunity of being the Writer in Residence. He has also featured in the list of the 1000 most significant people of Ireland in the 2006 edition of the show Who’s Who in Ireland.
Michael Scott has published a total of 4 novel series’ in his career as an author, of which the Tales of the Bard series is considered to be one of the prominent ones. It consists of a total of 3 novels published between the years 1987 and 1988. The first novel of the series was called ‘Magician’s Law’ and was published as the Paperback edition in the year 1987. The plot of the novel opens up with the emergence of a strange figure from beneath the trees. He had a manlike shape and was taller than the main character of the novel, Paedur the Bard. When the strange man appeared in front of Paedur, he stopped in his tracks and ordered him to come forward and face him. The strange figure, known by the name Mannam, the Lord of the Dead had a very thin body similar to that of a sword and was covered in a cloak of withered and seared leaves from head to toe. From this interaction of Paedur the Bard with Mannam, the Lord of the Dead, began his adventurous and extraordinary journey. He gets confronted by the hideous figure of the Sovereign of the Silent Wood, with whom Paedur undergoes a perilous deal. As per the fulfillment of the deal, Paedur is allowed to travel to the magical and awesome realms of enchantment along with some brutal and terrific powers. The forces of the darkness were always present to threaten and engulf the enlightenment that he held very boldly. They were at his heels all the time and were looking for the chance of engulfing his enlightenment.
The second novel of the series was published by the Orbit publishing house in the year 1988 under the title ‘Demon’s Law’. The plot of the continues to deal with the main character of the series, Paedur the bard, who was the Champion of the Old Faith. In the opening sequence of the novel, Paedur tentatively steps across the fathomless gulf of the bridge situated between the two worlds of Life and Death. The people of different races are carried on a semblance of life in the silent Wood of the Dead, where the kings, warriors, priests and peasants are all living with an eternal parody of their living days in the world of Life, not knowing that there have been dead or a long time and their kingdoms have been dusted as well as their times have been forgotten. People believe that Mannam, the Lord of the Dead, likes to keep the finest men, bravest warriors, powerful magicians, wisest kings and the knowledgeable bards. He makes them live in his world according to the rules set by himself. However, no one is certain about the belief as none of those who went there have returned to tell about the wonders of the land of the Dead. They do not know whether Mannam deliberately takes the finest men from the living world or there is some other angle to this belief.
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