Jason Born is the author of Lions & Devils, a series of adventure novels exploring the heroes and villains of the Muslim invasion of Europe in the Eighth Century. The Wald Chronicles is a research-intensive set of historical novels detailing the Germanic tribesmen and their struggle against and improbable triumph over Rome. All three books in the series - The Wald, Wald Afire, & Wald Vengeance - are available now. He is also the author of The Norseman Chronicles, a scrupulously researched set of historical novels telling the story of the Viking, Halldorr, who simply desired a warm hearth and a plump wife, but found that fate gave him so much more. Jason lives with his own plump wife and three skinny children in the Midwest. He is currently hard at work writing his next historical novel.
Wald Afireby Jason Born
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It is 8 B.C. The once numerous and independent tribes of Germania have been subjugated by a parade of Roman generals. The belligerent Sugambrians are exiled. Berengar is their only survivor. Ermin, the most influential of young Cheruscan nobles, is held captive. Separated from his beloved wald and his betrothed, Thusnelda, Ermin lives in the very palace of Augustus quickly becoming Romanized.
Yet, all hope is not lost. In the dark recesses of the wald, the hungry survivors of the wars cling to the visions of victory seen by the ancient priestess, Rike. Berengar and Thusnelda begin to scrape together a new coalition to free the tribes from Roman rule. They await a true leader. They wait for Ermin's return.
But Berengar discovers that it is not just the legions he must fight. There are tribesmen who would prefer to accept the power of Caesar rather than the rigors of independence. Ancient jealousies resurface. And worst of all, Berengar battles his own promises as he finds that he loves Thusnelda. Will he steal her from his absent brother-in-arms? Honor and loyalty are in play, as is Germania. Hearts and trees of the wald are burning. It is Wald Afire.
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