Monday, May 26, 2003

Ashes of Britannia

By Haley Elizabeth Garwood

Another of Garwoods Warrior Queen series, this novel focuses on Boadicea (Boudicca), Queen of the Iceni, a powerful tribe of Roman Britain, takes vengeance on the Roman legions after her property is seized and her daughters raped following her husbands death. Reviewer Kimberly Gelderman writes " (its) a story of a woman who struggles to understand the Romans and tries to live with them in peace with her husband, King Prasutagus. When he dies, the Romans do not recognize her as the Iceni leader and begin a war that they wish they had never started. Seutonius, Roman army commander and eventually governor in Britain, is another historical figure in awe of the Celtic queen, and also wants peace. However, his Roman military subordinates make unspeakable trouble against Queen Boadicea and her daughters, Sydelle and Neila. Queen Boadicea sets Britain on fire and both races cause massive bloodshed between the two peoples. A fantastic story that weaves all of the elements of early Celtic life and struggles together with poetic flair that elevates the historical detail."

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