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Guardians of the Cambrian Lode: An Ancient People - a Timeless Quest [Paperback]

Reuben Stone , Mari Lois
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bethania Books (5 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955003407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955003400
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,687,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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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.)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all (but I do know the author!) 22 Nov 2006
I should say that I was at college with Reuben!


I enjoyed reading it, but am reading the book in a slightly different paradigm to many of the intended readers. To wit, I am an adult and I am not a Christian.

Neverthless, that didn't stop me enjoying the book, and I must say that it was better than some novels I have read (even ones intended for adults and not children). It was kind of signposted how the novel would end (it was a Christian novel, so there was always going to be at least one conversion to Christianity, wasn't there?) but I still wanted to read it and find out how the story would all pan out.

To my taste some of the dialogue of the pedlar Aaron in particular - whilst I can see that it served a theological purpose - seemed to jar a little (bringing to mind elements of "Basil Exposition" from the Austin Powers films, as the voice of the narrator).

I also think that it is a pity that Reuben was unable to expand upon the characters more, something that I feel sure - from comments recently made -that he will in his next novel (??!!??).

I thought that the implied love between Valeria and Rhidian wasn't justified (or is it that she was a pagan Roman and therefore probably easy?); sure, he'd saved her life at the ford, but there is no sign that they even speak, let alone that she could then fall for him.

Obviously the novel is for children but as an adult I would have been interested to hear more of Valeria's backstory, and even of Sulla's (I appreciate that he was the villain, or the human face of the real villain) but even so... Finally, I think that one of the most interesting characters wasn't in it enough: I thought that the character of Eifiona was tremendous, and could have been used more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fanastic! 21 July 2006
The Guardians of the Cambrian Lode is the best book i've read in ages. Reuben has to be one of my favorite authors. The book is full of adventure aswell as history. The best thing is it's based on places in wales that you can actually visit.

I would definatly recomend it.
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