After Rome: A Novel of Celtic Britain

After Rome: A Novel of Celtic Britain

by Morgan Llywelyn
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After Rome: A Novel of Celtic Britain by Morgan Llywelyn

After more than four hundred years of Roman rule, the island its conquerors called Britannia was abandoned-left to its own devices as the Roman empire contracted in a futile effort to defend itself from the barbarian hordes encroaching upon its heart. As Britannia falls into anarchy and the city of Viroconium is left undefended, two cousins who remained behind when the imperial forces withdrew pursue very different courses in the ensuing struggle to unite the disparate tribes and factions throughout the land.

In Morgan Llywelyn's stunning medieval novel After Rome, passionate, adventurous Dinas recruits followers and dreams of kingship. Thoughtful Cadogan saves a group of citizens when Saxons invade and burn Viroconium, then becomes the reluctant founder and leader of a new community that rises in the wilderness. The two cousins could not be more different, but their parallel stories encapsulate the era of a new civilization struggling to be born in the Middle Ages.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429987400
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 02/19/2013
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 241,688
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Morgan Llywelyn is the winner 1983 RT Times Award for Historical Novel of the Year (The Horse Goddess). She lives near Dublin, Ireland.

Since 1980, Morgan Llywelyn has created an entire body of work chronicling the Celts and Ireland, from the earliest times to the present day. Her critically acclaimed novels, both of history and of mythology, have been translated into many languages. Her books include 1916 and Bard: The Odyssey of the Irish. She is an Irish citizen and lives in Dublin.

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After Rome: A Novel of Celtic Britain 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
TurningThePagesBlog More than 1 year ago
Finally, after years of meaning to try Morgan Llywelyn's writing and luckily for me she published After Rome in February and I figured it would be a great place to start with and it was. While the book turned out to be different from what I thought it would be I still enjoyed it for what it was. Books set in Britain during the tumultuous time when the Romans vacated the island aren't all that plentiful so I'm glad to have found this one. The novel follows two cousins over a period of five years when the Romans abandoned their outposts in Britania and is told in alternating points of view. One cousin Cadogan is the thoughtful, quiet and responsible one burdened with to many responsibilities but he thrives on that in a way. The other cousin Dinas, is rather close minded, rash, impulsive and very self absorbed. The cousins are as different as different can be and they aren't close so their stories intersect only twice during the telling of After Rome and on very different terms. While the book was a slower read and didn't have that sense of action, adventure and drama that I had been hoping for I thought it was a unique read because I was able to see two very different ways of life in Celtic Britain being laid out before me in the pages of After Rome and I learned quite a bit about Rome, Britain, the Celts the politics of the time and how ordinary men and women lived during the time of such great political upheaval. The fact that I was drawn into the story as though the book was playing out in film before my eyes is probably the best thing about the book. I felt like I had been transported to the time and place the novel took place in and it was as though I could see the city of Viroconium being pillaged and the horror on the citizens faces when they realized that their homes were gone and they had to look to a reluctant Cadogan. It was nice to see a book written about ordinary citizens who had to deal with the hands they were dealt and parts of it especially the story of Dinas towards the end of the book. There were some things that I didn't like about the book such as how unexciting it was and the arrogance of several of the characters like Dinas for example drove me crazy but at least the majority of the book seemed to be told through Cadogan's eyes. I also would of liked to have seen more written about the Celts in the book. Other than that I thought the book was enjoyable if you want a slower historical fiction read and I've found that the switch up from a fast paced historical fiction novel was nice and I thought this was a nice introduction to Llywelyn's writing style and I look forward to reading more of her books soon. I would recommend this to people who like slower paced historical fiction where they can learn more about the background behind the story because Llywelyn presented the novel in a way that she teaches the read a lot about the life and times of the people who once lived in Britain.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although this author has always been one of my favorites- I bought this book without even reading any reviews- after a few chapters I am not sure. The Avalon series is on my favories shelf but it almost seems like this is not by the same writer. That well-known magic just isn't there. I have actually put the book down for lack of interest and moved on to another, I am sad to say. I will go back at some point and try again. This is a time period of great interest for me but somehow it just isn't doing it for me.
CMKmom More than 1 year ago
I am giving this book a 4-star rating. I love stories with details of life way back to Roman times and before. One of the best parts of After Rome was the amount of detail about peoples lives, what they ate,how they lived, the way they coped, the treatment of the peoples around them. I won't retell the story of After Rome, most other comments will do that for you. Just know this is an excellent book. I have sought out and bought a couple of other books by this author since reading it. I'm looking forward to reading his other books too. The last book I read with this wealth of detail was The Master of Hestviken, by Sigrid Undset. A book I periodically re-read. I am sure After Rome will call to be re-read again too. This is WELL WORTH reading, and living in for the short time it takes to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The prose flowed in a way that made it easy to read. Mental pictures are easily formed as you read. You will also form an attachment to the characters in a way that makes you sad the book ends, wanting to keep on reading about their lives. This book describes a time in history where the Roman civilization is receding. What takes its place? This book describes what might have taken place in a society, its culture, and the people during such a time. I enjoyed this book so much, that I also purchased 'The Wind from Hastings' by Morgan Llywelyn and very much enjoyed reading that too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always this author gives us a living, breathing set of characters who invite us into their very real world. Wonderful historical accuracy and nice bit of light shed onto the dark time between the Roman Exodus and the rise if Alfred.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been a true fan of Morgan Llywelyn, have read all of her books, but this one is a real disappointment. It dosen't read like her usual style at all. Where is the real Morgan L.?
scduckett13 More than 1 year ago
The book was interesting but by the time you got to know the characters and their backgrounds, the book just ends! Seems like the author just ran out of her idea and ended the book with one of the main characters riding into the wilderness. And that was it! Very disappointed. I've read her other books on Brian Boru and Celtic Ireland and they were very well developed. Don't know what happened to this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read.
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This is the first book that I have read by this author, and I enjoyed it. It wasn't super exciting but a good read all the same. I enjoy historical fiction, and will read more from this author in the future.
2mc More than 1 year ago
Good story with history mixed in.
LADYBUGMB More than 1 year ago
Like all this author's work, this is a cannot put down. This book shows the chaos left by the Roman withdrawal from Britain. Reminds me of some more modern senarios.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read this yet, but I absolutely will. Lleywelyn is one of my all-time favorite authors. To Anonymous who posted on 3/3/13, Lleywelyn did not write the Avalon series -- Marion Zimmer Bradley did.
PAPAC More than 1 year ago
Dont buy it!