Pagan Revenge

(Tribes of Britain #3)

by Sam Taw

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Three Enemy Tribes.
Two Squabbling Chieftains.
One Shattered Skull.

Wise woman, Meliora is grief-stricken and angry. Her nephews can’t agree over how to protect their people from imminent attack. The camp is in chaos and more vulnerable than ever.

A deal made in haste with their allies from the top of the world could be their salvation or their downfall. Have they opened their doors to friends or foes?

Can they defend themselves against such overwhelming odds?

Grab book three in the Tribes of Britain series and continue the journey into the brutal and thrilling lives of the Dumnonii.

REVIEW

Twas a harsh existence in Dark Age Britain, and that’s without the tribal conflicts. The author has brought forth a scintillating view of that time period weaving together a tale that brings together every facet of life; from trade, tribal alliances, the everyday tasks to survive, the adherence to a pantheon of blood thirsty gods, and the savagery of warfare. In this episode, Meliora is taxed seemingly beyond her limit by all of the strife, stress, untold secrets, family divisiveness, and the demands put on her as a healer. In a spell binding way the author leads the reader through the various plots, subplots and challenges facing Fur Benyn and her people. Another definite hard to put down tale awaits you my fellow readers of the Tribes of Britain…oh yeah, the cliffhanger ending…can’t wait to read book 4. 5 Stars

The Northern Throne (Warrior Druid of Britain Chronicles, #3)

by Steven A. McKay

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AD431, Spring
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?

REVIEW

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 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Pagan Curse

(Tribes of Britain #2)

by Sam Taw

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Three lucrative trade deals. Two noble Phoenicians. One lethal curse.
Wise woman, Meliora, is afraid for her life. Revealing what she knows will get her killed. Her only chance is to leave camp and join her nephew on a crucial mission across the Channel.

Prince Suliaman from Tyre is in urgent need of a cure. The healing stones at the top of the world could provide relief if Meliora and her nephew can lead them safely across tribal lands.

Are these genteel foreigners all they seem or are more sinister forces at play?

Has Meliora swapped one perilous situation for something far worse?

Join her in the quest of a lifetime, as she navigates cultural clashes and ritual slaughter in book two of the Tribes of Britain series.

REVIEW

A fascinating adventure following hard on the ending of book 1, Meliora finds herself and companions in the company of a cursed nobleman and his fearsome god of the East. It’s one of those tales that barely allows the reader time to take a breath before the next in a page turning series of troublesome events occurs, all of which are leading up to a most traumatic experience for all involved. What you’ll find, my fellow reader, is a twisted path of surprises along the way in this bronze-age journey. An age of superstitions, and yet surprisingly tolerant of the beliefs of others. The author continues to build the drama; as one problem is solved another arises, to the point where things are looking up…and then the last page… Book 3 already has its hooks in me and I haven’t even started reading it.😊

5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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.

REVIEW

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⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Du Lac Princess (The Du Lac Chronicles #3) by Mary Anne Yarde

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The multi award-winning series The Du Lac Chronicles continues:

War is coming…

The ink has dried on Amandine’s death warrant. Her crime? She is a du Lac.

All that stands in the way of a grisly death on a pyre is the King of Brittany. However, King Philippe is a fickle friend, and if her death is profitable to him, then she has no doubt that he would light the pyre himself.

Alan, the only man Amandine trusts, has a secret and must make an impossible choice, which could have far-reaching consequences — not only for Amandine, but for the whole of Briton.

REVIEW

Heart pumping action, eye opening surprises, edge of the seat drama, The Du Lac Princess continues the excellence of this mesmerizing series featuring the startlingly troubled scions of Lancelot. And, my fellow readers, there is a lot of trouble for them to endure making it rather difficult to put the book down. The author has crafted a beguiling tale full of the unexpected, full of emotion, full of the tenor of the time – in short – an exhilarating page turner. Imaginative, exciting…so many superlatives could be used… once again in short – if you haven’t read The Du Lac Chronicles, you are indeed missing out on historical fiction at its finest. And there is more to come.  5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Brunanburh – A novel of 937 (Chronicles of the English #1) by M.J. Porter

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Athelstan, King of the English; Olaf Guthfrithsson, King of the Dublin Norse; Constantin, King of the Scots; Owain, King of Strathclyde, Hywel of the South Welsh; one ‘great lamentable and horrible battle’.

The year is 937 and Athelstan, King of the English and overlord of the British kingdoms, faces opposition to his rule that will culminate in the great battle of Brunanburh.

Uniquely told from the viewpoints of the main combatants at the battle, Brunanburh tells of a time when the island of Britain was held under the sway of the great King Athelstan, grandson of Alfred the Great, a man with European wide connections, held in awe by many, and foster-father to future monarchs. Charting his reign from 925 to 937 Brunanburh is the story of the petty kingdoms of Britain – England, Scotland, Strathclyde and Wales and the uneasy alliances that could burst asunder at any moment. Switching between the view points of the main Kings on the day of the battle, and events from the previous twelve years, Brunanburh ensures its focus is on the characters and their unique attitudes towards their kingships, the future, and of course, each other.

REVIEW

A riveting look at the attempt by King Athelstan to unify England under his banner. Told through the voices of the main participants, the author has crafted a tale that immerses the reader into the period following Athelstan’s grandfather, Alfred the Great.  Having the protagonists tell their versions of the story is a great way to get into the minds of these formidable characters…a chance to see their hopes, fears, and their indomitable pursuit to control the island of Britain.  In addition to the political machinations, the author gives the reader a brutal look at the eponymous battle…a battle that had been in the making for 10 years…a lot of time for hatred to fester among those that oppose Athelstan. A well paced, page turning book with a plot full of surprises awaits you my fellow readers.  4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Pagan Rites by Sam Taw

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Three headstrong youngsters.
Two worried elders.
One foolish quest.

It’s 700BC and tribal Chieftain, Aebba, has made up his mind.
His sons must hunt a deadly auroch bull to prove themselves worthy warriors.
Wise woman, Meliora, can see the folly in his challenge, but can she stop them falling foul of the giant beast?

Begin your exploration of Tribes of Britain Series and immerse yourself in Late Bronze Age action and adventure.

REVIEW

An entertaining tale of ‘Dark Age’ Britain, Pagan Rites sets the stage for some lovely turmoil in the succeeding book in the series. When you have more than one wife, and one of them is determined that her child will be the next chieftain, and she is imbued by the power and mystery of a fanatic religion…well things could get ugly.  The author has certainly gotten my attention…looking forward to reading the Tribes of Britain series.

4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐