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The Faerie Bard is one of two Celtic books that Cash Bond (Share Bond's father) wrote before he died in 2007. Share wanted to make sure that he lived on in his books. What a shame it would be if what he had worked on since his teens would never be published.

The character, born of two different people, is brought up in a mystic realm where he learns and becomes skilled in music and history. As he grows, he tours the world, and gains a name and reputation and riches, while he entertains great Kings and the courts of Ireland. As time passes, he entices the world with a creation of his, which entrances the masses. As he grows old, the loss of his child sours his heart and that of his wife, and they seek to explore the far lands of their mystic realm. On this, he befriends new people, kings and queens, and comes to new battles with new beasts and foes, and even unites people to become a powerful kingship.

Any fan of Tolkien's popular books - The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, etc. will love The Faerie Bard, and also The Hound of Erin.

The story delves into the ancient history of our world, primarily of Ireland and the Celts and the mystic lore of these people. So many historically found lore and myths of these ancient people seem complex and hard to follow. This story fills in those gaps and softens the transition to such details in a colorful and epic event. The Faerie Bard is he who grows to great fame using his skill in music and history/story telling, entertaining kings, courts and the people of the lower class. Growing fame and fortune, he befriends kings, queens, and people of all races and origins, with his music and spirit of travel. After great time he retires, and with his maiden or wife he uses his friendship to unite kingdoms of his realm, and explores the world to learn of the people who have long lost their link to the past and forgot their gods and founding fathers. Their later to have a great name and honor upon him and those of his kin.           

You can purchase a spiral-bound copy of the book now for $15.00 plus $5.95 S/H. Or you can pre-pay $20.00 plus $5.95 S/H for a softback book.

All book profits will go to support California Animal Rescue in Los Angeles, California.

An excerpt from The Faerie Bard written by Cash Bond (1926 - 2007), "As our people tire of the burden of life, we simply will ourselves to death and enter the void. Some change themselves to birds or animals and finish their lives in this fashion." This is precisely what my father did on the 14th of July 2007. Two months later he came back in an awesomely handsome Nigerian dwarf goat buckling and told me that he was indeed my father reincarnate, wanted to be called "Celtic Cash", that he wanted to be able to mate with the sweet does, and be shown at goat shows. I decided to name his sibling "The Faerie Bard".

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Reviewed by Suzy Chaffee 2/4/2008
This book has increased awareness of a distant race that human beings have had a great deal of interaction with in the past. Perhaps it will help those searching for a link to their Celtic history regain a sense of relatedness to a time long ago when the human race and the Fair Folk lived in relative harmony and with mutual respect.

This book also presents a relatively coherent view of the society of the Fair Folk which stands in contrast to the piecemeal and chaotic view offered by the mythology and folklore available from many sources today.
Reviewed by Share Bond 1/25/2008
The Faerie Bard was written by my father, Cash Bond (1928 – 2007). After reading the book, I recalled stories he had told me as a child, with my favorite being about Billy Goat Gruff and the Troll under the bridge. He often talked about the little people around the world.

Later he told me that he was a faerie in a past life. Laughingly, I said he should be careful when telling that to people or they would think he meant the other kind of fairie.

Dad was passionate and very knowledgeable when discussing Celtic history, myths and stories. Most of the time he had his nose buried in books, especially history books.

He started writing his Celtic books in his teens while in the military service. When his son, Timothy Bond, found the mountain of notes, he suggested that dad write them into books, and set him up with a computer in order to do so.

He was a bard in this life as well, playing the piano since the age of three, and tinkered with the ukulele. Also faerie-like, he was short, witty, mischevious and was a great story-teller. He would charm women with his music and wit, even my own mother.

I took care of dad the last couple years of his life in California and he dearly loved our little herd of tiny Nigerian dwarf goats. I named two of the bucklings “Celtic Cash” and “Faerie Bard”, knowing that would make him very happy.

He was an avid reader of Tolkien’s books – the best known being The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy - that he might be eligible for the Guinness World Records, since he read those books and watched the videos at least 30 times each. On my last day with dad I brought him an audio book of The Lord of the Rings for him to enjoy, since his eyes and ears had been failing him. This made him very happy.

Months later I sat wondering what to do with dad’s two books, this one and “The Hound of Erin”, and decided to just leave them, because I am busy writing and promoting my own books, and didn’t know how or where to market them. I had no motivation.

Then fate led me to meet a druid at a local event, Lore Mordred (Hector’s druidic name). We hit it off immediately and decided to spend a week together doing some projects. It didn’t take long before we realized that dad probably had something to do with our getting together. Lore read this book and was extremely excited and impressed with it. He agreed to design the book covers and knew a lot of places to market the books, as well as Mexico. Since there are many people that he knows in Mexico and Latin America, he agreed to translate the books into Spanish. It was his excitement that enticed me to proofread and edit the books, get them printed up, and then promote both of them.

In the words of this book, “Usually death comes by our own choice when we tire of it and we then enter the void”, I believe that this was dad’s own choice. I felt it on his last day. Dad is now watching from the void and is smiling in his impish grin, happy that the books on which he worked so diligently did not die with him.

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