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The Warrior's Princess

By Barbara Erskine

Jess, a tender instructor in London, is attacked by means of somebody she fears is familiar with her good. Fleeing to her sister's apartment within the Welsh borders to get better, she is disturbed via the cries of a mysterious baby.

Two thousand years earlier than, an identical valley is the positioning of a superb conflict among Caractacus, king of the powerful Catuvellauni tribe, and the invading Romans. The proud king is captured and brought as a prisoner to Rome together with his spouse and daughter, the princess Eigon.

Jess is inexorably attracted to examine Eigon's tale, and because the Welsh cottage isn't any longer a calm sanctuary she determines to go to Rome. There lie the connections that may display Eigon's fabulous existence - and which threaten to reawaken Jess's personal tormentor.

Barbara Erskine's skill to weave jointly the prior and the current, laying off mild on a true yet little-known determine, makes this a big novel of Roman and Celtic heritage, ardour and intrigue.

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