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The Circle of Ceridwen: Book One of The Circle of Ceridwen Saga
     

The Circle of Ceridwen: Book One of The Circle of Ceridwen Saga

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by Octavia Randolph
 

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It is the year 871. Of seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, five have fallen to the invading Vikings. No trait is more valued than loyalty, and no possession more precious than one's steel. Across this war-torn landscape travels fifteen year old Ceridwen, now thrust into the lives of the conquerors.

Epic...immensely satisfying...an impressive achievement -

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It is the year 871. Of seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, five have fallen to the invading Vikings. No trait is more valued than loyalty, and no possession more precious than one's steel. Across this war-torn landscape travels fifteen year old Ceridwen, now thrust into the lives of the conquerors.

Epic...immensely satisfying...an impressive achievement - Historical Novel Society

Lost in the frozen woods, Ceridwen is discovered by the warriors accompanying young Ælfwyn, daughter of a Saxon lord, sold against her will in marriage as part of a peace treaty with a marauding Viking war chief. Their destination is the captured fortress of Four Stones, a ruin holding glittering treasure. There Ælfwyn must keep her vow and wed Yrling - and Ceridwen must do all she can to support her new friend in the rebuilding of the ravaged village and great hall.

But living with the enemy affords Ceridwen unusual freedoms - and unlooked-for conflicts. Amongst them she explores again her own heathen past, and learns to judge each man on his own merits. Yrling's nephews Sidroc and Toki, both formidable warriors yet as different as night and day, compete to win Ceridwen for their own.

Through both guile and goodness Ceridwen and Ælfwyn begin transforming the world of Four Stones. But the threat of full-scale war escalates, and a midnight party of furtive Danes delivers someone to Four Stones who destroys the girls' hopes of peace and contentment. Now Ceridwen must summon all her courage - a courage which will be sorely tested as she defies both Saxon and Dane and undertakes an extraordinary adventure to save a man she has never met..

Lose yourself in The Circle of Ceridwen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780985458249
Publisher:
Octavia Randolph
Publication date:
09/05/2014
Series:
Circle of Ceridwen Saga , #1
Pages:
638
Sales rank:
49,332
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author

I write the kind of book I want to read myself. I write about history as a way to better understand my own times. I write about people who are far better, and (I hope) far worse than myself. And beautiful objects inspire me: the hand-carved combs, skilfully wrought swords, and gemmed goblets of the world of The Circle of Ceridwen Saga. Almost everything interests me; I've studied Anglo-Saxon and Norse runes, and learnt to spin with a drop spindle. My path has led to extensive on-site research in England, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, and Gotland - some of the most wonderful places on Earth. My other works include the novella The Tale of Melkorka, based on a story from the Icelandic Sagas, and Ride:A Novella, a retelling of the story of Lady Godiva, first published in Narrative Magazine. I've been the fortunate recipient of fellowships at the MacDowell Colony, Ledig House International, and Byrdcliffe.
Hearing from readers is a special pleasure and I always answer my letters. So write to me! www.octavia.net is my website.

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The Circle of Ceridwen Book One of The Circle of Ceridwen Saga 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a page turner! I couldn't stop reading. The details of such a era are amazing. You jump into the story and become one with it. There are new twists and turns all the time - not the predictable challenges. Just when you think a certain course will befall our heroine, an event occurs that throws her onto a new path. I really loved this book and can't wait to read the rest of the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful read, I am sorry I finished the book. Inspiring and thoughtful. Ready for the next book. Good job Octavia
bntt1 More than 1 year ago
Written using the style of dialogfrom that time period which lends greatly to the feel of being there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This whole series is wonderful.  I have read every kind of historical fiction book out there and this is one of the best I have ever read.  You will not be disappointed!
peaceimp More than 1 year ago
I couldn't stop reading this book and I am on book two and still love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous 28 days ago
Outstanding series with strong female lead character in medieval England. If you enjoyed watching "The Last Kingdom," you'll love these books!
Anonymous 3 months ago
This book is so well written, it brings the history of Brittain alive. It shows the conflict of merging many beliefs in one small country. All with a believable heroine and love story.
Anonymous 4 months ago
The most compelling novel I have ever read (and I've read many). I can't wait to read another. I loved it.
Anonymous 6 months ago
It did not take long for me to get hooked! Can't wait to read the rest of the series. This is the most fun reading I've done since the Outlander series! :D
Anonymous 7 months ago
This second book in the series continues the story with page turning style! the writing flows and I felt myself drawn back in time with the players in the story, of life as it truly might have been. I highly recommend just getting them all and diving in!
Anonymous 10 months ago
Beautiful series with heart history mythology spirituality love loss heartbreak and joy.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Loved the whole series! I found myself completely immersed. The characters are well developed and memorable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good read. I am ready for book 2.
Carol Hearne More than 1 year ago
Excellent story! I couldn't put it down! The author keeps you engrossed from cover to cover! Very well written!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book,very good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had several pages but they flowed by too quickly. It held my interest so much I had trouble setting it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable read - looking forward to the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. Immersive and exciting.
5150_4_books More than 1 year ago
I saw an ad on Facebook about this book and it being free for download from the author's web site. I am VERY glad I did, I throughly enjoyed Octavia Randolph's writing style. This entire book was a fantastic journey, and the characters a pleasure to spend time with. Having real history as a backdrop to Ceridwen's tale makes this the perfect book for me. I have been inspired to research and learn more of this time in history. As a side note I have become very fond of Ceridwen's name, it is a good name for a woman of beauty and strong spirit, I am looking forward to reading more of her journey.
jordan8743l More than 1 year ago
Very well written and engaging. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great read! I was so sad to finish the book, and can't wait to read more of Ceridwen's adventures. So many great characters, riveting plot, and the author transports you into the era.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story about the fifth century England when the Danes came to destroy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago