Lady of the Lightby Donna Gillespie
Marcus and Auriane have lived in tranquility
Auriane, warrior maiden of the Chattian tribe, was sworn to remove the cursed Romans from the lands of the Rhine. Then fate intervened: she was captured, brought to Rome in chains, and trained to fight in the arenas as a gladiator - only to fall in love with a Roman aristocrat, Marcus Arrius Julianus, and become his wife.
Marcus and Auriane have lived in tranquility for years but, without his knowledge, Auriane is a traitor to Rome. Plundering her husband's coffers for nearly a decade, Auriane has provided her people with enough wealth to arm themselves. Now, Auriane's betrayal has been discovered, and if her duplicity reaches the Roman authorities, her life - and the lives of her family - will be forfeit.
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Donna Gillespie lives in California where she is at work on the next book in the Light series.
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This book is both beautifully composed and artfully put together. I found not a wasted sentence. There is a polished brevity to the scenes that shows a new mastery on the part of this author. The forward movement of the story is brisk and relentless and calamity lurks at the end of every chapter - I never felt a slowing of tension throughout the whole book. This family struggles to stay together as they are ringed by wolves. This story is put together like a puzzle box - every piece matters. I had to read it twice to appreciate how this was done. The reviewer who called this book a study in economy really got it right. The rich background of each scene somehow never intrudes on the action. The dialogues are inspiring - so many characters have quotable lines that I almost lost track. Here is that sort of novel it's so difficult to find these days - a solid work of adventure that is also deeply meaningful. I agree with others who pointed out that the portrayal of the powerful position of women in early Germanic society is utterly convincing and makes this book a rare gem. I ardently wanted to believe that there was, once, a great teacher called Ramis dispensing wisdom with roots reaching back into archaic times. And there is such honesty and intimacy in the portrayal of Roman life. This volume beautifully complements Light Bearer - it fills in precisely those details of Marcus' and Auriane's lives that I was so avid to know and manages this with such deft storytelling that those details always felt necessary to understanding the continuing crises of the present. This book has everything: horror, mystery, psychological tension, betrayals, horrific battles, sweet victories, tragic love. If this book doesn't become a classic there is no justice.
By 105 CE, years have passed since Germanic Chattian tribe ¿princess¿ Auriane was taken prisoner by the Romans and survived as a gladiator, before meeting and marrying Marcus Arrius Julianus (see THE LIGHT BEARER). They live a comfortable life with their two offspring Avenahar and Arria Juliana in the Germania Superior province. However over the years together, Auriane has funded the Chattian resistance movement by stealing from her wealthy husband. Now her tribesmen plead with her to return home to lead them in war against another Germanic tribe, the Cheruscans. She wants to, but decides not to however, her seditious activity is uncovered and Auriane goes on trial and is convicted for acts of treason at the same time her teenage daughter Avenahar, who learns she is not of Marcus¿ seed, joins the Chattian resistance and a political adversary abducts their other daughter. --- This is an exciting historical fiction that continues the saga of Auriane and sets up the next warrior woman generation Avenahar for a future tale. The tale is filled with action while also bringing to light life on a frontier province of the Roman Empire. However, the LADY OF THE LIGHT predominantly is owned by the larger than life heroine who must choose between the love and loyalty to her family especially her spouse or her heritage. --- Harriet Klausner
Donna Gillespie tells a compelling story in a magnificent way. It's refreshing to find a writer who uses the English language so beautifully. Both Lady of Light and it's predecessor are worth reading.
What a story! Totally enjoyed it. Twists and turns....and the writing if of excellent quality. Would recommend to anyone, the storyline is so good! Worth a try from your regular nitch. The first book is what got me hooked ("The Light Bearer"), so read this one first...
Along with the first in the series - The Light Bearer - Lady of the Light is my favorite book. Gillespie's descriptions put you in the ancient Roman provinces and Germanic tribes, and her characterizations are deep and substantial. The relationship between Marcus and Auriane (and all other characters in the book, no matter how minor) seem very real and very well thought-out. I've re-read this book many times, and keep it on my nightstand always.