Pagan Death (Tribes of Britain #1) by Sam Taw

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Three lying wives. Two fated slaves. One murdered leader.
It’s 700BC and healer of the Dumnonii, Meliora, is devastated. Her favourite nephew is dead, poisoned by one of their own.

It’s a shameful way to kill a Chieftain, leaving Aebba the Wild to roam the Between Worlds until he is avenged. She knows the priests at the midsummer gathering will not allow him to pass into the Summerlands until the killer is brought to justice. With three manipulative widows pushing their sons forward to replace him, life in camp is fraught with danger. When a second body is discovered, Meliora knows that she could be next.

A neighbouring tribe have their sights set on plundering the Dumnoni tin mines. Against all vows of peace, they plan an attack for when they are at their most vulnerable. Can Meliora and her kin make it back from Stonehenge in time to defend their land and people?

Can she unmask the killer before they silence her for good?

Grab your copy now and immerse yourself in Late Bronze Age skirmishes and bloody rituals in the first of this tense and brutal historical thriller series.


There is something about the early history of Britain that calls to me. Perhaps it’s because I probably share a gene or two with the denizens of Bronze Age Britain, or maybe it’s just my love of history. Whatever the reason, The Tribes of Britain series promises to keep me enthralled. An amazing cast of characters highlighted by Meliora, an indomitable force in a meek-like shell, riddled with doubts, saddled with the growing infirmities of age, yet imbued with the qualities of a healer, a voice of reason and compassion among a host of foes. The tale is replete with twists and surprises as the battle for control of the tribe depends on discovering who murdered Aebba…will the tribe continue in the old ways, or will it succumb to inter-tribal rivalries and a more visceral form of religion. As I neared the end of the book, I began to look forward to the next tale in the series…then…the ending of book 1 happened…oh my…that’s all I’m going to say. Book 2 here I come.  4⭐⭐⭐⭐

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