The Dawn Stag: The Dalriada Trilogy, Book Two

The Dawn Stag: The Dalriada Trilogy, Book Two

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by Jules Watson
     
 

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The year is AD 81, and the ruthless Roman governor Agricola is intent on capturing the last unconquered territory in Britain: Alba, Scotland.

Rhiann, an Alban priestess and princess, submits to a marriage of political necessity to Eremon, an exiled Irish prince. Out of duty grows a powerful and desperate love that will bind them together through conflict and

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The year is AD 81, and the ruthless Roman governor Agricola is intent on capturing the last unconquered territory in Britain: Alba, Scotland.

Rhiann, an Alban priestess and princess, submits to a marriage of political necessity to Eremon, an exiled Irish prince. Out of duty grows a powerful and desperate love that will bind them together through conflict and betrayal. As Rhiann searches for guidance in the spirit world, little realizing how big a part she will play in this endgame, Eremon knows only that he must risk and sacrifice many lives, perhaps even his own. The second book in the epic Dalriada trilogy, The Dawn Stag spans three centuries and spectacularly recreates Celtic Britain at the momentous time of the Roman invasion.

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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.
From the Publisher
“Richly imagined . . . 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.” —Publishers Weekly

Fascinating and unforgettable…Jules Watson has conjured up the mythic past, a land of Celtic legend and stark grandeur.” —Sharon Kay Penman

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781468301335
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
01/19/2006
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
397,695
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“Richly imagined . . . 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.” —Publishers Weekly

Fascinating and unforgettable…Jules Watson has conjured up the mythic past, a land of Celtic legend and stark grandeur.” —Sharon Kay Penman

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