Draegnstoen

Draegnstoen

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by Jeffrey Blackmer
     
 

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After the king of the Iceni tribe dies, the Romans follow their standard policy: annex the Iceni kingdom into their empire. When queen Boudicca protests, she is dismissed. When she demands justice, she is imprisoned and raped. After promising to submit to Roman rule, she is released. After all, what could a woman do to challenge the Roman rule of…  See more details below

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After the king of the Iceni tribe dies, the Romans follow their standard policy: annex the Iceni kingdom into their empire. When queen Boudicca protests, she is dismissed. When she demands justice, she is imprisoned and raped. After promising to submit to Roman rule, she is released. After all, what could a woman do to challenge the Roman rule of Britain?

Boudicca, however, would not submit. In her fury, she assembled an army, destroyed Roman cities and demolished an entire Roman legion. Finally, in 61 AD, she gathered her nation for a final battle to drive the invaders into the sea. In spite of being heavily outnumbered, Rome won the battle, and Boudicca, refusing to be taken captive again, drank poison and died on the battlefield.

In Draegnstoen, her iron-willed determination carries down through the ages; through fifteen generations of her descendents who share the dream of expelling Rome. Finally, the confluence of fate and chance fires the hopes of Coel, a prince of Ebrauc. Determined to fulfill his ancestor's dream, he assembles a tenuous alliance of northern kingdoms.

In the midst of treachery, tragedy, shifting alliances and with help from the Picts in the north, Coel finally rallies the people to fight one last great battle to decide the history of the land.

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Blackmer has managed to make an entire civilization tangible, as you live their heartaches and challenges with them. What struck me the most was how perfectly he takes history and makes you feel the pain of their leader as they take their people to battle, the pain of childbirth and daily life, and how fickle old style war really was (in fact it's probably the same now, just not so public)...
...Unhesitatingly five out of five stars. This was excellent value for my money (I read it in just a

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013405141
Publisher:
Jeffrey Blackmer
Publication date:
09/12/2011
Series:
The People of the Wall , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
387 KB

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Meet the Author

Jeff Blackmer has lived in Portland Oregon for most of his life. He has a love of learning and one may get an idea of his varied interests by looking at his Stumbleupon page:
Photography, humor, astronomy, ancient history, internet tools, computers, space exploration, movies, archaeology, science fiction, mythology, alternative health, health, classic rock, medieval history, comedy, rock and oldies music.

He always wanted to be a science fiction writer and is quite baffled as to how he ended up publishing dark age historical fantasy.

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Draegnstoen 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally enjoyed this book. I was pulled into the story and could not hardly put it down.
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Poppet38 More than 1 year ago
It's hard to imagine what life was like for our ancestors - and then you read Draegnstoen. This book is gut wrenching to read. Blackmer has managed to make an entire civilization tangible, as you live their heartaches and challenges with them. What struck me the most was how perfectly he takes history and makes you feel the pain of their leader as they take their people to battle, the pain of childbirth and daily life, and how fickle old style war really was (in fact it's probably the same now, just not so public). This book made me hate the Romans more than you can imagine. It struck a nerve with me, as I'm of Celtic descent, and I understood reading this how harsh and cruel life was when you had to defend against invasion, and how a new conqueror doesn't respect the land or the people they're invading (or their systems). Can I say again, this book really made me hate the Romans (if you could hear my thoughts now it would be one long bleeeeep). And in *those days* you didn't just have invaders to worry about. Sometimes trouble is hiding in your own family. Aside from the historical journey, Draegnstoen has some immensely charismatic and touching characters. The battle scenes are gripping, and you won't be able to stop reading once you've started. Anyone who's read Diana Gabaldon will love this book. Unhesitatingly five out of five stars. This was excellent value for my money (I read it in just a few hours, I was so swept away)