This is a fast-moving and gripping tale about the perils of life as a Christian in Wales under the Roman Occupation... There is a murderous villain, a spine-chilling brush with spritual forces of evil, a race for safety with Roman cavalry in pursuit, explosions, drowning, a secret library and many more dramatic elements - in short, all the ingredients of a great story. --Evangelical Magazine of Wales (November 2005)
A boiling pot of emotional and cultural change and challenge... The moving characters of the story, one Roman and the other a Celt, travel through ideas and belief as well as through our countryside. The book has all the classic elements: struggle, hardship, integrity, awareness of "the good", something to die for, that pervade all good teenage literature. --The Post (June 2005)
From the Inside Flap
Deep within the Cambrian Mountains of Britannia, the Roman Gold Mines at Dolaucothi have lain abandoned for years. So when Sulla, an envoy from Rome, arrives to inspect the site, the people of the local tribes draw just one conclusion - that, like others before him, the man is intent on discovering the legendary but elusive vein of gold known as the "Cambrian Lode".
But is Sulla as straightforward as he seems? Is he in fact on the trail of something more valuable than gold? For it is thought that the Cambrian wilderness holds the key to another mystery - the whereabouts of a priceless archive of Holy Scriptures, said to be guarded by a secretive band of Christians in a mountain stronghold known as the Dinas...
"Mystery, suspense and fast-paced action abound in this uplifting tale of adventure that will entertain all the family - older children in particular. The experience will be all the more vivid to those who know something of the wild and atmospheric region of Wales in which the story is set. It is the story of how a pagan boy becomes a follower of Christ, how he befriends a Roman girl, and how the two of them are thrown into a spiritual battle of monumental proportions - a battle that is destined to reverberate throughout the Britannic Isles, the Roman Empire and the world at large..."
(Dr R. Brinley Jones, CBE, FSA, President of the National Library of Wales.)