Hey everyone! It’s me and I am back with another book for you guys, My Soul to Take, which goes with the myths of a Banshee.
What is a Banshee?
A Banshee is called many things and goes by many names, which include a female fairy, Woman of Peace, Lady of Death, the Angel of Death, the White Lady of Sorrow, the Nymph of the Air, or the Spirit of the Air. A Banshee is a disembodied spirit, a ghost, in other words. Some Irish people believe that the souls of the dead do not get taken from this earth, but dwell here, and are often tied here. They either enjoy the happiness of a life well lived, or if during their life, they lived a life of sin, they were forced to suffer punishment. The spirits of the bad are restrained, forced to pay for their sins in areas near where these sins were committed. Banshees are believed to follow the family, either with good intent or bad, until every last descendant has died and been buried. It is said that the cry/scream of the Banshee is wrenching and means death for anyone who hears it. Not everyone can see or hear a Banshee, it’s only the people who are tied with it through family ties, sinful ties or vengeful ties.
Irish Myths and Legends
Irish Myths and Legends taken from W.B Yeats and written by Lady Gregory was published in 1998 by the Running Press Book Publishers
- This book retells the myths and legends of the ancient Celts and reveals the roots of Ireland’s literary tradition.
- It includes the original introduction by William Butler Yeats and author’s endnotes, as well as an index of characters and a pronunciation key to Gaelic names and locations.
- The book talked about a variety of different things like beliefs, religion, and figures like fairies, ghosts, banshees, leprechauns.
This book was written by:
- This book was written by Isabella Augusta, also known as Lady Gregory. She was an Irish dramatist, folklorist and theater manager. She co-founded the Irish Literary Theater and the Abbey Theater, and wrote numerous short works for both companies. Wrote a number of books of retellings of stories taken from Irish mythology, including some poems as well. Many of her writings were based on political struggles, myths or affairs in Ireland during her time
- William Butler was an Irish poet, dramatist and prose writer born in 1865. He had a passion for Irish folktales ever since he was young and as he got older he started to study more and more about it He won a Nobel Prize in Literature
“for his always inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation“.
The novel that goes with this myth is “My Soul to Take”
My Soul To Take
- My soul to take is a fantasy book by Rachel Vincent
- It’s the first book of soul screamers with Kaylee Cavanough as the main character.
kaylee senses when someone’s about to die and something forces her to scream. She thought she was crazy until a boy named Nash tells her about her being a banshee and her ancestry. She just wants to have a normal high school experience but when classmates start dying for no reason, kaylee is forced to investigate with the help of Nash and his reaper brother.
Kaylee Cavanaugh is a typical teenage girl, always excited, the kind that sneaks out of the house to go clubbing with her best friend Emma
Nash Hudson is an athlete and one of the most popular boys at school, a straightforward person, helped kaylee find her true self (also a banshee just like Kaylee)
Nash and Kaylee suspect that these kids who are dying and not supposed to, and they start to investigate and this path leads them to danger and to the powerful climax.
- Rachel vincent is an American author
- She was born june 1978 in Oklahoma, United States and went to University of Central Oklahoma and she’s the oldest of 5 siblings
- Rachel Vincent is the author of several series including the shifters, menagerie, The soul screamers, the star never rise, brave new girl and 100 hours.
- She’s a former English teacher and champion of the Oxford comma and now lives in Oklahoma with her husband and two kids.
Compare and Contrast
- Normally in Irish myths and the old legends, a banshee was always seen as female Irish fairies who can predict death, and their scream is their morning call. But in the book My Soul to Take, there was also a male banshee, Nash. He wasn’t like a typical banshee his powers were not as strong, but a male and female banshee together could potentially be really powerful.
- Bean sidhe (female) – They scream when someone is dying, and suspend the soul in the air so it can’t move on to the afterlife.
- Bean sidhe (male) – They hear the females’ screaming as singing, and can put souls back into the body in exchange for another’s life. They can also Influence people’s emotions.
The Irish Myths and Legends 3.5/5
My Soul to Take. 4/5