1. Were you surprised to learn that in ancient Ireland, being a slave was not the worst possible social condition? How does slavery in that time compare to the slavery in the American 19 th century?
2. Brigid grew up with Cook as a substitute mother. Why do you think she was not content with that? How did Brigid define family at the beginning of the story? At the end?
3. When Brigid gained her freedom and was set free why was she afraid? Why do you think that she didn't realize at first that she would be free to find her mother?
4. Before you read the book, had you heard of druids? Why do you think they were so mysterious? What did you think they were? Did your opinion change after reading the book?
5. Kings in ancient Ireland were usually chosen by the people they served. How do you think this influenced King Dunlaing's decisions? Why do you think he tolerated an egoistical advisor (Ardan) for so long? Are you surprised at the limit of the kings' power?
6. The ancient Irish people were very superstitious and fearful. They believed that the people of the underworld could come for them when someone died so they stayed away from the dying; they feared gods and sought to appease them; they believed that words (curses) could harm them. What do you think it was like for a Christian back then trying to convince them otherwise? Do you think an early Irish Christian would still harbor some of those beliefs? Do you think Brigid did?