Bellicus the Druid and his friend Duro, a former Roman centurion, have suffered a great deal in recent years but, for them, things are about to get much worse.
Britain is changing. The Romans have gone and warriors from many different places seek to fill the void the legions left behind. In the south, the Saxons’ expansion seems unstoppable despite the efforts of the warlord Arthur, while north of Hadrian’s Wall various kings and chieftains are always looking to extend their borders.
In Dun Breatann, capital of Alt Clota, Bellicus believes the disparate tribes must put aside their differences, become allies, and face the Saxon threat together, under one High King. Or High Queen…
Small-minded men do not always look at the bigger picture though, and when Bellicus and Duro seek to form a pact with an old enemy events take a shocking and terrible turn that will leave the companions changed forever.
This third volume in the Warrior Druid of Britain Chronicles is packed with adventure, battles, triumph, and tears, and at the end of it a new course will be set for Bellicus.
But at what cost?
One thing you can say for certain about post-Roman Britain – there’s a whole lot of conflict, and a choice of enemies to face. The Picts, the Dalriadans, the Saxons, they all want control – Bellicus and Duro have their hands full in this emotionally charged tale. Amidst the turmoil of those conflicts, the author has also included some mental challenges – even the imposing Bellicus is not immune to doubts – his vulnerabilities are a nice touch, makes the giant Druid a bit more human. Trust, loyalty, friendship, failure…all of these things plus physical pain are some of the issues confronting him and Duro.
Another thing you can say for certain is that the author has produced another page turning episode. Plenty of action, believable characters, and a story line full of surprises, this series just keeps getting better…. and there’s more on the horizon. 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐