The Dawn Stag (Dalriada Trilogy Series #2)

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The Dawn Stag: The Dalriada Trilogy, Book Two

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the second volume of Watson's richly imagined historical fantasy series, the Dalriada trilogy (after 2005's The White Mare), Roman governor Agricola expects an easy victory against the unorganized tribes of Alba (modern-day Scotland). But a Celtic leader has appeared: Eremon, exiled son of Irish king Ferdiad. With the help of his recent bride, princess Rhiann, Eremon prepares to defend Alba against Agricola's crack troops. Husband and wife must overcome years of tribal rivalry and the powerful jealousies of enemies like Maelchon, king of the Orcades islands and Rhiann's rejected suitor; the scheming druid Gelert; and former priestess Samana, who hopes to manipulate Agricola with sex in order to gain a rich Roman household in the empire. Watson brings first-century A.D. Britain to vivid life with just the right details at the right times, and successfully keeps the tension high throughout this long story, balancing violence and tragedy with romance and religious transcendence. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In C.E. 81, Agricola, the Roman governor of Britain, turns his attention to the conquest of Alba, or Scotland. Facing him are the mighty Alban warriors and their priestly caste, the druids and their female counterparts, priestesses of the Goddess. Rhiann, both a princess of Alba and a priestess, marries Eremon, an exile from Ireland, seeking to unite the remaining opponents of Britain. But the couple faces treachery from within their own ranks as men succumb to the lure of power. This sequel to The White Mare continues Watson's epic re-creation of Britain at the time of the Roman invasion. Elements of fantasy in the form of druidic rituals and Goddess-inspired powers lend a mythical overtone to this story of love triumphant in the midst of defeat. Recommended for most libraries, with particular appeal to fans of historical fiction and epic fantasy. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Epic and spellbinding first century historical fantasy, set in Celtic Britain during the time of the Roman invasion; sequel to the Australian author's The White Mare (2005). Celtic Priestess/Scottish Princess Rhiann and her husband, the exiled warrior prince Eremon, fall in love even though their marriage was one of political convenience. But their chance for happily-ever-after is challenged by Agricola, the pitiless governor-warlord of Roman Britain, when the tyrant's merciless army begins its quest to capture the last remaining unconquered territory in Britain-Rhiann's home of Alba, Scotland. The exploration of period gender roles and the intriguing diversions into pagan mythology enhance this enchanting tale. And while the tale is dense and leisurely paced, its emotional impact is significant. If the components of a novel are a volley of arrows, then Watson hits her targets every time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585676217
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/5/2006
  • Series: Dalriada Trilogy Series , #2
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.55 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2007

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    I read this book and I thought 'Well this is the sequel so it probably wont be very good, but after the first few pages, I realized I was wrong. This book is awesome as well as the White Mare and I would recommend it to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2006

    Great Book!

    This novel is a superb sequel to The White Mare. The end is very sad though, but fitting. I can't wait to see what the next novel will bring. I heard it goes forward another 300 years.....

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    superb ancient Britannia historical thriller

    In AD 81 Roman Governor of Britain Agricola has one place left to complete the empire¿s conquering, to the north, Alba. He anticipates an easy triumph against the uncivilized tribes who have battled one another forever so their disunity should prove fortunate for the undefeated Roman legion. --- However, out of seemingly nowhere a dynamic Celtic leader Eremon, exiled son of the Irish king and husband to local warrior Princess Rhiann, has begun to bring the factions together against the common enemy Rome. Still others besides Agricola have reasons to see the newlyweds fail. Some want to be the chosen ruler so they refuse to give up any of their power whether they are a local monarch or a druid priestess while others have more personal gripes against either or both champions. Without a united front, Rome will conquer the last holdout, but Eremon still believes in the cause though he knows many will die. --- THE DAWN STAG, the second Dalriada trilogy tale (see THE WHITE MARE), is a superb ancient Britannia historical thriller that contains some captivating fantasy elements mostly performed by the ambitious traitorous druid priestess and Rhiann who seeks assistance in the spiritual realm. Still the strength of this terrific story line lies in the interwoven details of life in the late first century that is so vivid and picturesque the audience will vanish inside the reading experience. With a strong fully developed cast, Jules Watson provides a powerful epic saga that fans will euphorically treasure while looking forward to the conclusion. --- Harriet Klausner

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